Selected by Minnesota in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 2010 WNBA Draft… Signed on Apr. 14, 2010… Re-signed to a three-year contract on Mar. 20, 2014.
Had a delayed start to her fifth WNBA season, missing the first 10 games following arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on Apr. 25… Appeared in 24 contests, including nine starts; she averaging 8.2 ppg (45.2%) with 3.2 apg and 1.33 spg in 26.9 mpg as a starter… Tallied 5.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.1 apg in 18.4 mpg overall, shooting 41.9% from the field, 27.8% from three-point range and 73.8% from the FT line… Closed the season by shooting 48.9% (23-for- 47) in her final 10 outings… The Aug. 7 game vs. Chicago was the 150th of her career; she went over the 3000-minute mark Aug. 2 at Tulsa… Reached double figures on four occasions, most recently in a 10-point effort July 25 vs. San Antonio… Tied her career highs with seven assists and two blocks July 22 vs. Atlanta… The five steals July 16 vs. Tulsa are a career best; she grabbed a season-high five rebounds July 13 vs. Seattle… Tallied a season-best 17 points July 3 vs. San Antonio; the 32:07 was also a season high… Made her 2014 debut on June 15 vs. Phoenix.
WNBA CAREER CAPSULE
2013: Played in 33 games, including three starts… The Aug. 18 contest vs. New York was the first she’s missed due to injury (right quadriceps contusion) in her Lynx career… Averaged 9.0 ppg as well as career highs in rebounding (2.9 rpg), assists (2.3 apg) and steals (1.03 spg) while logging 22.5 mpg… Shot 42.8% from the field and 79.1% from the FT line, but dipped to a career-low 25.6% from long distance… Reached double figures on 13 occasions, with Minnesota going 11-2 in those; she also led the Lynx in assists six times… Tallied 10.0 ppg (on 50.0% shooting) in her final five road contests, compared with 5.6 ppg (34.2%) in her last seven at Target Center… Led the Lynx with six rebounds and a career-high seven assists Aug. 31 vs. Seattle… Swiped three steals on four occasions, most recently Aug. 4 vs. Seattle… Scored the 1000th point of her career July 24 vs. Phoenix… Pulled in a career-high nine rebounds (in a career-best 39:13) July 11 at Indiana… Started three straight games (July 9-13), scoring 22 points twice (July 9 vs. Atlanta, July 11 at Indiana) to run her career total to seven 20+ outings (five in 2010)… Added 16 points and six rebounds June 11 vs. San Antonio… 2012: Saw action in all 34 games… Averaged 8.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg in 19.4 mpg, and established career highs in assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.03 spg)… Shot a career-best 45.8% from the floor (ranking 21st in the league), 36.4% from three-point distance and 74.0% from the FT line… Started seven times, most recently in the Sept. 14 victory at Indiana; she averaged 9.9 ppg (52.9%), 3.7 rpg and 2.9 apg as a starter (28.4 mpg), with the Lynx going 6-1… Netted a team- and season-high 19 points Sept. 20 at Los Angeles, the second time she was Minnesota’s top scorer; the 9-for-12 effort from the FT line represents career highs in both categories… The Sept. 9 outing at San Antonio was one of 13 double-digit efforts on the year (first since Aug. 21 at Seattle)… Shot just 3-for-34 from the floor in her last five Target Center stints; on the flipside, she hit 55.1% (43-for-78) over the last 12 on the road… Posted season bests with five assists and three steals July 10 at Tulsa… Saw her run of consecutive made FTs halted at 28 on July 1… Tallied 18 points (logging a career-high 34:34) June 9 at Tulsa, and led the Lynx with five assists May 20 vs. Phoenix… 2011: Appeared in 29 games, missing five (July 29-Aug. 7) due to personal reasons… Logged 13.6 mpg, chipping in 5.1 ppg and 1.6 rpg while shooting 37.9% from the field and 75.0% from the FT line… Led Minnesota with a season-high 15 points and a career-high six assists Sept. 11 at Phoenix, one of five double-digit scoring efforts on the year… Played a season-high 26:05 in that contest; the Lynx went 15-2 when she logged 13+ minutes… Averaged 6.8 ppg (40.0%) and 1.00 spg in 17.5 mpg over the final 13 games; she also attempted 32 free throws in that stretch (5.9 per 40 minutes)…Scored 11 of her 13 points in the 4th quarter at Tulsa on Aug. 23… Matched a career best with four steals Aug. 14 vs. Tulsa… Handed out three assists June 30 at Tulsa, and scored 11 points June 5 vs. Los Angeles… 2010: Concluded her first summer in Minnesota by being named to the WNBA’s All-Rookie Team… Appeared in all 34 games, starting 24 (the first six and last 18 contests), and averaged 11.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.00 spg while logging 25.5 mpg… Ranked 2nd among rookie scorers, 3rd in rebounds and 3rd in assists (1.5 apg), while leading all first-year players in both three-point accuracy (34.0%) and FT accuracy (81.9%)… Shot 37.0% from the floor, but increased that to 45.4% (74-for-163) — along with 13.7 ppg — over the final 14 contests… Also connected on 19 of 45 (42.2%) from beyond the arc after the All-Star Break, after hitting just 26.5% through mid-July… Led the Lynx in scoring on five occasions, with 19 double-figure nights (including five 20+ efforts)… Three of the 20-point outings were against Phoenix; she tallied 22.5 ppg (on 54.1% shooting) in four games vs. the Mercury… Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds twice (Aug. 17 at Seattle, Aug. 22 at Indiana), and swiped a season-high four steals (while tying her season best with four assists) July 17 vs. Seattle… Her 32-point effort June 1 vs. Phoenix is the 3rd-highest total in WNBA history for a reserve… She joins Seimone Augustus (13 times), Katie Smith (12) and Betty Lennox (once) as the only players in Lynx history to score 30+; her six 3-pointers vs. Phoenix were one short of Smith’s franchise record.
2014: Appeared in all five postseason games, averaging 4.6 points and 1.2 assists per game. 2013: Appeared off the bench in all seven postseason contests as the Lynx won the 2013 WNBA Championship… Averaged 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game…2012: Appeared in all nine playoff games for the Lynx, averaging 5.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game… Scored eight points against Los Angeles in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, including knocking down the eventual game-winning three-pointer with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 80-79 win… 2011: Averaged 2.5 ppg and 1.3 rpg while appearing in all eight playoff games (10.6 mpg).
2015: Participated in USA Basketball’s Women’s National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas, Nevada alongside teammates Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore. 2010: Named to 2010 US Women’s Select Team… Participated in 2010 fall training session with U.S.Women’s National Team… 2007: Captain of USA Basketball’s gold-medal-winning entry at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships, held in Bratislava, Slovakia… Averaged 9.8 ppg (45.7%), 2.4 rpg and 2.0 apg in nine contests.
2013-14: Played six games with KEB Hanabank in WKBL (South Korea)… Averaged 10.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 13.7 mpg… 2012-13: Played with the Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL (Australia)… Averaged 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per game for the Rangers… 2011-12: Led the TKBL in scoring, averaging 20.3 ppg (on 42.2% shooting) and 4.6 rpg in 26 games for Botas… Also scored 16.1 ppg (41.5%) with 4.6 rpg in 12 EuroCup outings… 2010-11: Played for Lotos Gdynia in Poland, tallying 15.2 ppg (44.5%), 6.0 rpg and 2.29 spg in 34 PLKK starts… Ranked 6th in the EuroLeague in scoring (17.4 ppg) and 7th in steals (2.10 spg), adding 4.7 rpg and 2.9 apg while shooting 48.3% in 10 contests…Earned a trip to the EuroLeague All-Star Game as a member of the ‘Rest of the World’ squad.
Three-time (2008-2010) Associated Press All-America selection… 2010 ACC Player of the Year… Three-time All-ACC performer… Supplanted Dawn Staley on Jan. 11, 2010 as the school’s all-time scoring leader (2,540)… Third on ACC’s all-time scoring list… Averaged 19.1 ppg throughout her career… Holds top two single-season scoring marks in Cavalier history (2010 – 734; 2009 – 696)… Increased her scoring average each season over her four-year career, leading the ACC in scoring in 2009-10 with an average of 23.7 ppg, good for seventh nationally… In 2010, joined Dawn Staley as only UVA player with 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 350 steals and 300 assists… First Cavalier to be named ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2010)… Also named WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year her senior season… Led ACC in steals per game (3.8) in 2010, which ranked second in the nation… Swiped a career-high and school-record 10 steals on Dec. 29, 2009 vs. Liberty… 2008 ACC All-Defensive Team member… A finalist for the Wade Trophy in 2009, and the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award in 2009 and 2010… In 2008, set the school’s sophomore single-season scoring record (598 points)… ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC All-Freshman Team member in 2007.
Born July 15, 1988 in San Antonio, Tex.… Full name is Monica Ashante Wright… Daughter of Garry and Lynette Wright… Has an older brother Gerard… Volunteers at church basketball camps… A Boys & Girls Club camp counselor… Logged more than 100 hours of community service in a school year… A sociology major at Virginia… Attended Forest Park High School in Dale City, Va. … Averaged 22.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.0 steals per game her senior year… A McDonald’s, USA Today, WBCA and Street & Smith’s All-American… The Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year and Associated Press Group AAA Player of the Year in 2006… Ranked the No. 2 guard and No. 11 player overall in the nation coming out of high school… Hopes to attend law school.