High School: St. John’s College (District of Columbia)
College: Maryland ‘09
Drafted: By Washington, first round, 2009 WNBA Draft (2nd overall)
ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent, 3/29/14
A six-year WNBA veteran and the second overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, Marissa Coleman begins her second season with the Indiana Fever…she spent her first five WNBA seasons with Washington and Los Angeles…Coleman is a versatile combo guard who can score, defend, push tempo and shoot the 3-pointer…she led Maryland to a national championship in 2006 and has bolstered the Indiana backcourt with size, strength and versatility…she has played in all 34 regular season games during each of the past five seasons, and appeared in the playoffs in 5 of 6 WNBA seasons.
PRO – WNBA
2014: In her first year with Indiana, Coleman made a career-high 32 starts, in 34 games…she averaged a career-high 8.9 points, with 3.3 rebounds….she scored a season-high 20 points in a win at Washington, 6/6, that included a career-high 8-of-8 free throws…she had a career-best five steals at Seattle, 7/31.
2013: Coleman made three starts in 34 games with the Sparks, posting averages of 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in a star-studded lineup limiting her to 17.5 minutes per contest…she had a season-high 17 points at Tulsa, 8/2.
2012: Coleman played in all 34 games, starting in two for Los Angeles…she averaged 3.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game…she had a season-high four assists and four steals at Atlanta, 6/15…she shot 90 percent from the foul line (18-of-20).
2011: Eighth in the WNBA in three-point field goal attempts (144) and 10th in the league in 3-point makes (53), Coleman started 28 games with Washington…she averaged 8.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game…she scored a career high 21 points against Atlanta, 7/20, connecting on eight shots from the field, which was a career high…she posted her first double-double of the season against Tulsa, 6/26, contributing 13 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds.
2010: Coleman appeared in all 34 games for Washington…she earned the first start of her career against the Connecticut Sun, 5/30, where she played 30 minutes, scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds, dished two assists, and had one steal…she posted her first career double-double against Tulsa, 8/1, scoring a season-high 14 points and tying a career-high with 10 rebounds…she ranked ninth in the league in 3-point field-goal percentage (.402).
2009: Coleman saw action in 28 games during her rookie year with the Mystics…she suffered an ankle injury which sidelined her for six games…she posted a season-high 16 points in the regular season opener against the Connecticut Sun, 6/6, including a season-high four 3-pointers…she averaged 18.8 minutes and 6.1 points per game.
In five playoff seasons, Coleman has appeared in 16 games with five starts…she averages 6.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals.
2014: In the lengthiest playoff run of her career, Coleman averaged career playoff highs of 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
2013: Coleman appeared in three playoff games, totaling 10 points and four rebounds for the Sparks.
2012: In four games with L.A., she scored eight points with three rebounds.
2010: Coleman’s best playoff campaign including a 13.5-point average in two games of the East Semifinals against Atlanta.
2009: She averaged 10.5 points in two games of the East Semis against Indiana…one of her best playoff games was on her college home court at Comcast Center, where she tallied 16 points, eight rebounds, two steals and four blocks against the Fever.
PRO – OVERSEAS
2014-15: With Edirne Spor in Turkey, Coleman averaged 16.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
2013-14: Coleman helped the KB Stars, in South Korea, advance to the semifinals of the league tournament, averaging 6.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 36 games.
2012-13: She signed in February with Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in France, appearing in 12 games while averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
2011-12: She split time between Perfumerias Avenida in Spain and Lyon in France…with Lyon, she averaged 10.5 points in eight games.
2010-11: She signed in January with Hungary’s MKB Euroleasing Sopron, playing in 10 Hungarian games and five EuroLeague contests. She averaged 11.0 points in EuroLeague and 10.6 points in the domestic league.
2009-10: Her first overseas venture was with Familia Schio in Italy where she averaged 5.4 points in 11 EuroLeague contests and 8.0 points in a dozen Italian games.
A member of the gold-medal 2007 U.S. Pan American team, Coleman played in all five games of the tournament, averaging 9.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game…she shot 57.7 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range…she won a gold medal at the 2005 FIBA U19 World Championship in Tunis, Tunisia, in her second stint with the USA U19 Basketball team, averaging 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds…the U19 squad was named USA Basketball 2005 Team of the Year…she also helped the USA win a gold medal at the International Sports Invitational in San Diego, Calif….she was a member of the 2004 USA U19 team that captured a gold medal at the Junior World Championship Qualifying tournament in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, helping the United States to a berth into the 2005 FIBA World Championship.
Coleman capped a decorated college career as the first player in ACC history to record over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots…she finished her career as the school’s second leading scorer (2,205) and rebounder (1,139).2008-09: A first-team All-American, Coleman was named the most valuable player of the ACC Tournament and an All-ACC first team selection while leading the Terrapins to their first ACC title since 1989…she averaged 18.1 points and 8.6 rebounds.
2007-08: Coleman earned AP honorable mention All-America honors for the second year in a row and second team All-American mention by Sports Illustrated…she became the fourth Terrapin ever to receive all-conference nods in each of her first three seasons…she was twice named the ACC Player of the Week, the second time following a career-high and Comcast Center-record six 3-pointers in the Terrapin Classic…she led the team in scoring nine times, reaching double digits 32 times, including 10 20-point games and two 30-point performances.
2006-07: As a sophomore, she was a second-team All-ACC pick a second year-in-a-row…she became the first Terrapin and the 11th player in ACC history to record a triple-double, tallying 15 points, 14 boards and 10 assists against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 2, 2006…she was named the MVP of the Terrapin Classic… prior to the season, ESPN.com tabbed has as the No. 2 wing player in the country.
2005-06: Coleman earned billing as the ACC Rookie of the Year as Maryland captured the first NCAA title in program history…she led the ACC with a 47 percent 3-point shooting clip and tied the conference mark with 29 double-figure scoring games by a freshman…she was named second-team All-ACC…she had eight 20-point games including a 23-point showing in an overtime upset at No. 1-ranked North Carolina…she posted double-doubles in both games of the Final Four in Boston, grabbing 14 rebounds in each game…she scored 4 of Maryland’s 8 points in overtime, knocked down a pair of free throws in the final 13 seconds and grabbed the final rebound of the game to seal Maryland’s national championship victory over ACC rival Duke.
Marissa Coleman was born Jan. 4, 1987 in Portland, Ore., and is the daughter of Joni and Tony Coleman…she has a sister, Tonya, and a brother, Anthony…her favorite athlete is Peyton Manning…she chose Maryland over Duke, Connecticut, Tennessee and Florida…at St. John’s College High School in the District of Columbia, she was a McDonald’s and WBCA All-American, playing in both senior all-star games…she led all scorers with 19 points in the McDonald’s game and was selected the East’s MVP in the WBCA game…she also was a first team Parade All-American…Coleman was named first team All-USA by USA Today and was the Washington Post High School Player of the Year…she earned first team All-Met honors in her final two seasons…she was the 2004 and 2005 Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, leading the Cadets to a 59-9 record in her final two years…she led her squad to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game every year, capturing the title in 2002 and 2004…she left the school with career records for points (2,057) and rebounds (1,750)…she averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals a game as a senior.
(1) Drafted by the Washington Mystics with the second pick, first round, in the 2009 WNBA Draft, 4/9/09. (2) Traded to Los Angeles, 2/1/12, in exchange for Noelle Quinn. (3) Signed as a free agent by Indiana, 3/29/14.