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Shavonte Zellous's Bio

About Shavonte Zellous

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Detroit Shock in the First Round of the 2009 WNBA Draft, 11th overall selection… Traded to the Indiana Fever in exchange for a 2011 second round pick on May 27, 2010…  Signed as a free agent with the New York Liberty on Feb. 1, 2016.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player in 2013.
  • Was an Eastern Conference All-Star in 2013.
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team in 2009.
  • Won a WNBA Championship with the Indiana Fever in 2012, played in the WNBA Finals again in 2015.
  • Has reached the WNBA Playoffs in each of her nine seasons as a pro.
  • Scored a career-high 33 points against Tulsa on June 25, 2014.
  • Averaged career-highs in rebounding (4.0 rpg) and assists (2.8 apg) during 2017 season in New York.
  • Posted her 1st-career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Chicago on July 14, 2017.

2017: Started all 34 games for the Liberty… Appeared in all 34 games for the 3rd time in her career and started every game for the 1st time… Averaged 11.7 ppg along with career-highs in rebounding (4.0 rpg) and assists (2.8 apg)… Her 11.7 ppg was the 3rd highest scoring tally in her career… Grabbed 6 rebounds against Washington in the WNBA Playoffs (9/10)…Contributed on both sides of the court with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Also had 2 assists in a home win over Washington (8/25)…Hit a season-high 3 3-pointers to finish with 19 points. In win over Los Angeles also managed 6 rebounds (8/13)…Recorded her 4th 20-point game of the season, leading the Liberty in scoring while shooting 8-of-9 from the line. Netted 10 of her game-high 20 points in the 1st quarter in the win at Atlanta (8/11)… Posted 16 points and 8 rebounds in win over Indiana. Also managed 2 assists and 2 steals (8/8)…Collected 11 points and 6 rebounds in win over Indiana. Also dished out team-high 5 assists, 1 shy of her career-high (7/28)…Scored 16 points, going a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line. Also had 5 rebounds and 6 assists in Connecticut win (7/19)…Posted a 25 +/- rating finishing with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Also had 1 block in win over Washington (7/16)…Recorded a career-high 11 rebounds to post the first double-double of her career with 14 points. Also dished out 3 assists and had a season-high 3 steals (7/14)…Pulled down a career-high with 9 rebounds. Finished with 7 points against Atlanta (7/2)…Led all scorers with 17 points. Finished with 7 rebounds and 2 assists against Washington (6/29)…Scored in double figures for the 7th consecutive game. Finished with 18 points, including a season-high pair of 3-pointers against Connecticut (6/23)… Led the team with a season-high 28 points, including a 15-foot jumper with .6 seconds to force overtime at Dallas; marked Zellous’ 6th straight game in double figures, most consecutive since 2014. Also had 8 rebounds and a season-high 6 assists (6/16)…Scored in double figures for the 5th time this season, finishing with 16 points, also had 2 rebounds and 2 assists against Connecticut (6/14)…Finished with 16 points, including a key late 3-point shot, to score in double figures for a 4th-straight game, and had 2 rebounds and 2 assists in win over Seattle (6/11).… Third-straight game scoring in double figures, finishing with 12 points in a win over Atlanta (6/7)…Registered back-to-back 20-point games for the 1st time in her career, scoring 21 points against Phoenix, also dishing out a season-high 5 assists for the 2nd time this season, with 3 rebounds (6/4)…Set a new season-high with 27 points, it was her 1st 20-point game as a member of the Liberty, also set a career-high with 8 rebounds in win over Dallas (6/2)…Pulled down 7 rebounds for the 8th time in her career, also set a season-high with 5 assists and scored 4 points against the Sparks (5/30) …In home opener against the San Antonio Stars scored 10 points, 6 of which came from the foul line, also had 4 assists and 1 rebound (5/13).

2016: Appeared in 33 games, making 1 start… Averaged 8.8 points (Ranked 3rd on the Liberty), 2.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game… Finished the season ranked 21st in the WNBA in free throw percentage (.841)… Compiled 13 games scoring in double figures… Posted 10 points with 3 rebounds against Phoenix in the 2nd Round of the WNBA Playoffs (9/24)… In her first start of the year against the Mystics, scored 11 points and hauled in 4 rebounds for the Liberty (9/13)… Had 8 points, 4 assists, and a team-high 3 steals in 22 minutes as the Liberty beat the Mercury at home (9/3)… Shot 5-of-9 from the field to score 14 points off the bench in a win at Washington (7/20)… Tallied 11 points, a team-high 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block in New York’s loss at Minnesota (7/15)… Was 5-of-9 from the field with 11 points off the bench and dished out 3 assists in New York’s win over Atlanta (7/13)… Surpassed her season high in points for the second game in a row with 16 in New York’s win at Phoenix (7/1)… Scored a season-high 15 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, hitting a critical jumper in the 4th quarter and a 3-pointer in overtime, during New York’s win at Minnesota (6/29)… Scored 13 points and tied her career-high with 6 assists in New York’s overtime loss to Phoenix (6/26)… Had 14 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench for New York in its double-overtime win at Atlanta (6/22)… Went 3-for-7 from the field scoring 11 points in 16 minutes, coming up with 5 points and 3 rebounds in the 4th quarter, in New York’s win at Connecticut (6/16)… Tallied 11 points playing 20 minutes in a victory at San Antonio (6/11)… Scored in double-figures for a fourth-straight contest, leading the Liberty offensively with 12 points at Los Angeles (6/7)… Was in double-figures for her third-straight game as she poured in 12 from off the bench to help New York beat Seattle on the road (6/5)… Scored in double-figures for the second-straight game knocking down 8-of-9 at the free-throw line to finish with 13 points in a win over Indiana (6/3)… Finished in double-figures, shooting 5-for-7 from the field to net 12 points against Minnesota (5/31)… Finished with 6 points and a pair of assists against Atlanta (5/24)… Came off the bench to score 8 points in the home opening victory over Dallas (5/15)… Made her New York Liberty debut in the season opening win at Washington, playing 27 minutes and finishing with 8 points (5/14).

2015: Zellous appeared in 23 games with just one start in 2015, missing three games due to commitments with the Croatian National Team, and eight more with a lower back ailment…Zellous averaged 8.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while helping Indiana to the WNBA Playoffs…a scoring high of 22 points came in the final game of the regular season, 9/13…while awaiting to play overseas during a FIBA contract dispute last winter, Zellous played with the Harlem Globetrotters during a tour stop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse… Zellous averaged 7.6 points per game during 11 playoff games for Indiana, helping the Fever to a 5-game WNBA Finals playoff series against Minnesota…Zellous had four double-figure scoring games in the playoffs, including a 16-point effort against Chicago in Game 2 of the East Semis, 9/19…she shot 43 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the foul stripe while averaging over 21 minutes per game.

2014: Zellous appeared in all 34 Fever games, starting 33, and averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game…she was the club’s second-leading average scorer…she scored in double figures in six straight games from June 20 to July 1, including a career-best 33 points against Tulsa, 6/25…she made a career-high 12 field goals in that game, shooting 12-of-17 overall, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 at the foul stripe…it was the second-highest scoring figure in Fever history… Zellous tallied 14.4 points per game in five playoff games for Indiana…it was her highest playoff scoring average in five seasons with the Fever…she reached double figure scoring with 18, 20 and 16 points, respectively, in all three games of a conference finals series against Chicago.

2013: Zellous started in 29 games for the Fever, missing four games due to injury and another for family reasons…the recipient of the WNBA’s Most Improved Player Award, she finished the season as the league’s most improved scorer, jumping 7.2 points from a 7.5 points per game average in 2012…she managed career-high averages in scoring (14.7 per game), FG% (.415), 3FG% (.348), rebounds (3.4), steals (0.98) and blocks (0.72)…Zellous scored in double figures in 23 of 26 games, opening the season with 15 straight double-double games…she missed the final game of the regular season while attending grandfather’s funeral in Florida…she returned from a four-game absence to score a game-high 20 points vs. San Antonio, 8/21, despite just 2 points at halftime, finishing 7-of-13 from the floor and making all five free throw attempts…she was kept out of action against Atlanta, 8/10, and all three West Coast games, 8/14 to 8/17, for precautionary reasons due to plantar fasciitis…Zellous shot 6-of-10 from the floor and was 7-of-7 at the charity stripe to record 19 points at Tulsa, 7/25, matching career highs with seven rebounds and three steals, and fell one shy of her career-best for assists with five…”Z” posted one of the best games of her career against Phoenix, 6/8, amassing a season high with 29 points, making her first five shots from the floor, finishing 10-of-13 overall…she tied Tamika Catchings’ mark for most 3-point field goals in a game, finishing 6-of-7 from long range, with her only miss coming in the final seconds against Phoenix, 6/8… Zellous started all four playoff games for the Fever, averaging 12.8 points per game…she scored a team-high 20 points at Chicago, 9/20, finishing 7-of-11 from the floor and was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc…she shot 92 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line during the playoffs.

2012: Zellous played in 31 games for the Fever and started in all 31…she missed the last three games of the season due to a concussion suffered at Minnesota, 9/17…she averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists…her 7.5-point average was her highest with Indiana…including a game-winning 3-pointer, she totaled 10 points, three rebounds and a career-high tying three steals at Seattle, 8/23…she posted a season-high 18 points at Chicago, 6/27… One of the heroes of the Fever playoffs, Zellous played in all 10 games and started five…she averaged 10.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists…in Game 3 of the Finals vs. Minnesota, 10/19, she had a career-high 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line…she capped a last-second frenzy by hitting a game-winning jumper with 0.5 seconds left against Connecticut, 10/8, to force a final game in the Eastern Conference Finals.

2011: Zellous saw action in 33 games, starting two and averaging 5.5 points and 2.2 rebounds…she scored a season-high 21 points at Washington, 6/21…she had a career-tying high seven rebounds vs. Atlanta, 9/11…she scored 13 points, had five assists, and three rebounds vs. Los Angeles, 7/31… Zellous saw action in 5 of 6 Fever postseason games and started Game 3 of the East Finals…she averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game…she scored 13 points in 17 minutes at New York, 9/17.

2010: Zellous played four games with the Tulsa Shock before being traded to Indiana…with the Fever, she appeared in 27 games without a start…she logged 15.5 minutes per game with the Fever, averaging 5.9 points and 2.1 rebounds…her first game with the Fever came against the Shock, ironically, in Tulsa just one day after the trade occurred…in her next three games with the Fever, she netted 10, 23 and 10 points…her season scoring high was 23 against New York, 6/5, in a game that included 10 free throws out of 12 attempts…she scored 16 points against Tulsa, 7/8…she posted season highs of six rebounds and six assists at Connecticut, 8/15… Zellous averaged 4.0 points per game during a three-game conference semifinal series against the New York Liberty.

2009: A member of the WNBA’s All-Rookie First Team, she averaged 11.9 points for the Detroit Shock and was second in the league with 155 free throws made, behind Tamika Catchings…she scored in double figures in 23 of the last 30 games…she scored a season-high 25 points vs. Atlanta, 6/26, and in that game set a franchise record with 17 free throws made…her 19 free throw attempts against the Dream tied for second most in a single game in Shock history…she scored 10+ points in 13 straight games from August 9 to September 9…she made at least 10 free throws four times…she had a season-best five assists three times, all of which came in the season’s last 10 contests…she was fifth on the team with 27 steals, which was tops among Shock reserves and third-best among all WNBA rookies behind Angel McCoughtry and Briann January… Zellous helped spark Detroit to the Eastern Conference Finals with a playoff average of 15.6 points per game…her playoff high of 23 points came in Game 1 of the East Finals in Detroit where she hit 10-of-11 free throws.

PRO OVERSEAS: Signed with Besiktas in Turkey during the 2009-10 offseason… Played with TTT-Riga in Latvia and Eletra Ramat in the Israeli League in 2010-11… Played two seasons with Mersin in the Turkish league (2012-13)… Led Galatasaray in scoring and to the EuroLeague championship in 2014… Played the second half of the Turkish season with Fenerbahce after a contract dispute with Galatasaray in 2015… Played during the 2016 offseason with with Adana in the second half of the Turkish League… Returned to Turkey to play for Besiktas during the 2016-17 season, leading them to the Turkish League semifinals… Competed for Besiktas of the Turkish League again during the 2017-18 season.

INTERNATIONAL: Zellous acquired citizenship with Croatia, and a spot on the Croatian National Team… While hoping to play in an Olympic-qualifying tournament in June 2015, a delay in paperwork prohibited her from participating.

COLLEGE: An All-Big East First Team honoree in each of her last three seasons at Pittsburgh, she was named the Big East’s Most Improved Player in 2007… She was selected to the NCAA Spokane Region All-Tournament Team in 2008… She averaged 22.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game as a senior in 2008-09, ranking first on the team and sixth in the nation in scoring… She scored her 2,000th career point against Notre Dame, 2/3/09, becoming just the third player in Pitt women’s history and just the fifth Pitt player ever to reach that milestone… She was also just the 13th player in Big East history to have scored 2,000 points.

PERSONAL: The daughter of Tangela Allen, she has one younger brother… She graduated prior to her senior season at Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science degree in administration of justice and pursued a second degree while completing her eligibility.

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