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Tanisha Wright's Bio

About Tanisha Wright

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Seattle Storm in the First Round of the 2005 WNBA Draft, 12th overall selection… Signed as a free agent with the New York Liberty on Feb. 2, 2015.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

• Started every game in 2009 and 2010 and earned WNBA All-Defensive First Team honors in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013
• Earned Second Team WNBA All-Defensive honors in 2015 & 2016.
• Won a WNBA Championship with the Seattle Storm in 2010
• Three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
• Played her 300th career game on Sept. 14, 2014 vs. Tulsa
• Is the only player in the WNBA to have competed in 32 games for nine consecutive seasons for the same team (Seattle, 2005-13).
• Recorded her 1,000th-career rebound in a win over Dallas on June 14, 2016
• Reached 3,000 career points in a win at Chicago on July 8, 2016.
• One of 10 players in WNBA history with at least 3,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,200 assists

2016: Appeared in 29 games, making 28 starts… Named to WNBA All-Defensive Second Team for a 2nd-straight season… Averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 assists per game… Finished the season ranked 16th in the WNBA in assists… Had 5 games scoring in double figures and 9 games with at least 5 assists… Missed five games due to knee injury… Matched her playoff career-high in scoring with 21 points (10-of-14 FG), also dishing out a team-high 5 assists against Phoenix in the 2nd Round of the WNBA Playoffs (9/24)… Returned to action against the Washington Mystics, coming off the bench to score 9 points with 3 rebounds (9/13)… Had 9 points and 3 rebounds off the bench for the Liberty in her return from injury against the Mystics (9/13)… Scored the 3,000th point of her career in a win at Chicago, also dishing out a team-high 6 assists with five rebounds (7/8)… Had a stellar performance against Seattle, finishing with a season-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, to go along with 4 rebounds and 5 assists to lead New York to a win (7/6)…  Served out a team-high 6 assists, along with scoring a season-high 16 points, connecting on both of her 3-point attempts, in New York’s win at Phoenix (7/1)… Had a team high 4 steals along with 8 points and 3 assists in New York’s overtime win at Minnesota (6/29)… Scored in double figures for a third-straight game, compiling 12 points, a season-high 8 assists, and 5 rebounds for the Liberty in its double-overtime victory at Atlanta (6/22)… Scored a season-high 13 points and dished out 5 assists in New York’s overtime win at Indiana (6/19)… Had a game-high 6 assists to go along with 10 points and 5 rebounds in New York’s victory at Connecticut (6/16)… Pulled down her 1,000th career rebound and had a crucial block at the end of the game that sealed the win for New York vs. Dallas, she also dished out a team-high 5 assists in the contest (6/14)… Hit two big mid-range jumpers late in the 4th quarter to secure the win over Seattle , finishing with 8 points and dishing out 4 assists in the ballgame (6/5)… Scored 10 points and tied for the team lead by dishing out 4 assists against Los Angeles (5/21)… Scored 9 points with 3 assists and 3 rebounds in season opening win at Washington (5/14).

2015: Named to 2015 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team… Started all 34 games…Averaged 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 23.7 minutes per game… Ranked 9th in the WNBA in assists per game with 3.5… Also ranked 35th in the league in steals per game with 0.8… Had 20 games where she led the team in assists…17 games with at least five assists… Scored in double figures in 12 games… Playoff averages of 6.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists per game… Scored 14 points while dishing out a game-high 5 assists in a win over Atlanta in the season opener… The game against Atlanta was her first playing for a team other than Seattle in her 11-year WNBA career… Led New York offensively, shooting 5-of-6 to score 12 points against Indiana (6/19)… Hit 2 free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining to force overtime and finished with 12 points (5-7 FG) in a win at Washington (7/9)… Scored 12 points (6-12 FG) while leading the Liberty in rebounding (6) and assists (5) in a comeback win at Seattle (7/21)… Scored 13 points (5-11 FG) with 3 assists at Indiana (7/29)… A Liberty season-high 9 assists, also scoring 7 points in a win at Connecticut (8/14)… Scored a season-high 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 3FG) to go along with 7 assists in a win at Minnesota (9/6)… Led the Liberty with 5 assists to go along with 9 points in a closeout win over Washington in the Eastern Conference Semifinals (9/22).

2014: Played in 29 games, starting in all 29 … Averaged 8.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists … Scored a season high 24 points at Tulsa (6/15) … Registered five rebounds in four different games, most recent against Phoenix (7/22) … Scored double digits in nine games … Went 9-10 in free throws at Tulsa (6/15).

2013: Named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team for the fourth time in her career … Scored her 2,000th career point June 14, 2013 vs. Atlanta … Recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists on Aug. 31 at Minnesota … Scored a season-high 22 points vs. Minnesota on Sept. 7, 2013 – three points shy of her career-high (25) … Scored double-digits a team-high 21 times … One of three Storm players to start all 34 regular season games (Tina Thompson, Camille Little) … Played her 300th career game on Sept. 14 vs. Tulsa.

2012: Dished out a season high six assists in a loss at San Antonio, June 9 … Scored her 1,750th career point against San Antonio (6/9/12) on a lay-up late in the fourth quarter … On June 17, contributed to snapping Minnesota’s record setting 10-game win streak with eight assists and 12 points … Topped the 250 games played plateau with the Storm July 1 at Connecticut … Topped her season high of 20 points with 21 points in a defeat versus the Sparks August 1 … Dished out a season high eight assists at home against Connecticut (9/16) …

Led the team in assists on 16 occasions …No. 9 in the WNBA in apg (4.4) and second on the team in apg … 2012 Averages: 7.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 29.8 mpg in 32 games played … 2012 Playoff Averages: 11.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 37.0 mpg in 3 games played.

2011: Named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team … Reached 200 steals in her WNBA career vs. San Antonio on July 21 … Broke out with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting at Washington, added 5 boards and 5-of-6 from the line … Scored a season-high 21 on July 9th vs. Los Angeles … Ranks fourth in the WNBA in free throw percentage (0.897) … One of four starters in double figures when she scored 18 vs. Connecticut, her ninth game in double digits.

2010: Averaged 9.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg and 29.1 mpg in 34 games … Named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team … Scored a season-high 20 points on July 14 at Phoenix … Recorded a career-high 12 assists, her second straight double-double, and her third straight double-figure assists game on June 29 vs. San Antonio … Hit the game-winning 3-pointer on July 17 at Minnesota … Collected her 500th career rebound on August 17 vs. Minnesota … Started in all 34 games played … 2010 Playoffs: Averaged 9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg and 28.7 mpg in seven games.

2009: Named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team … Led the team in scoring six times … Led the team in rebounds three times … Led the team in assists 11 times … Scored 20-plus points five times … Handed out five-plus assists 10 times … Started in all 33 games played … 2009 Playoffs: Averaged 11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 spg and 32.7 mpg in 3 games against the Los Angeles Sparks.

2008:  Appeared in all 34 games and was in the starting lineup 14 times … Averaged 7.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 apg and 23.8 mpg … Tallied 10-plus points 14 times … Scored 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting vs. Minnesota on 9/6 … Led team in assists four times … Second on the team in assists per game (2.5) and total assists (84) … 2008 Playoffs: Averaged 13.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg and 34.3 mpg in three games … Scored 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting vs. Los Angeles on 9/23.

2007: Averaged 4.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.0 apg and 16.1 mpg … One of four Storm players to appear in all 34 games … Posted career highs in scoring (4.1 ppg), assists (2.0 apg) and free-throw percentage (.846) … Started five games in place of the injured Sue Bird (7/6-17) and averaged 9.0 ppg and 4.8 apg as a starter and surpassed 20 points once … Led the team in scoring once and in assists four times … Recorded her 100th career assist vs. San Antonio on 6/2 … Scored the 100th field goal of her career vs. Chicago on 6/26 … Scored a career-high 23 points in a career-high 38 minutes at San Antonio.

2006: Averaged 3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.2 apg and 15.4 mpg in 33 games … Scored in double figures once and led the team in assists three times … Handed out a season-high four assists vs. San Antonio on 6/23, at Phoenix on 7/25 and at Minnesota on 8/1 … Hit the first three-pointer of her WNBA career at Los Angeles on 6/28 … Grabbed her 100th career rebound vs. Sacramento on 7/18 … Scored a season-high 11 points vs. Sacramento on 7/18.

2005: Shot 58.8% from the field and averaged 7.8 points in August … Averaged 3.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.6 apg and 15.5 mpg in 34 games … One of just four Seattle players to appear in every game … Started eight games, averaging 6.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.0 apg in 27.8 mpg … Tallied at least five assists three times and led the Storm in assists four times  … Scored a career-high 17 vs. Phoenix on 8/27 … Reached the 100-point mark for her career at San Antonio on 8/23 … 2005 Playoffs: Averaged 3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.3 apg ,1.0 spg and 12.7 mpg in three games.

PRO OVERSEAS: 2007-2008: Played for Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C in Israel in 2007-08… Played for Tarbes GB in France in 2008-09… Played for Elitzur Ramla in Israel from 2010-11… Played for Maccabi Ashdod in 2015.

COLLEGE: Selected three times as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2003, 2004 and 2005) … Led the Big Ten in scoring with 19.3 points per game … Named a first-team USBWA All-American, an Associated Press third-team All-American and a Kodak All-American honorable mention selection … Won unprecedented back-to-back Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Awards … Also named First-Team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media  … Recognized by the AP as Honorable Mention All-America.

PERSONAL: Majored in elementary education with a minor in sociology … Teamed with future WNBA players Kelly Mazzante and Jessica Brungo at Penn State … First Lady Lion ever selected in first round of WNBA Draft … Lists Napoleon Dynamite as her favorite movie to quote, her favorite line being “Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills…You know, like nun chuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills…”

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