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Allison Hightower

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2013 WNBA Season: Started all 21 games she played…Missed last 13 games with strained right knee injury…Named an All Star for the first time in her career…Led the Sun in scoring eight times…Established new single-season career highs in nine statistical categories…Averaged 12.8 points, six points better than her previous career best (6.8 in 2012)…Made a career-high 24 threes in just 21 games…Had a career-high 108 made field goals…Had career highs for shooting percentage (.424), three-point shooting percentage (.364) and average minutes (32)…Scored in double figures 15 times, six more than 2012…Had a career-high 23 points against San Antonio (7/14)…Was a strong candidate for WNBA Most Improved Player before her injury.

2012 WNBA Season: Enjoyed a breakout season…Established new career highs in virtually every statistical category while also emerging as the team’s best man-to-man defender…Appeared in 33 games with 28 starts…Averaged 6.8 points, 2.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.24 steals per game…Scored in double figures nine times…Had a career-high 20 points against New York (8/18)…Averaged 15.2 points over a four-game stretch from 8/16-8/26…Played 827 minutes, compared to 438 in her first two seasons…Had single-season career-highs for made field goals (90), made threes (18), made free throws (32), rebounds (79), assists (84), steals (43) and total points (230).
In The Playoffs: Started all five games…Had 10 assists and 10 rebounds in the two-game sweep of New York in the first round of the playoffs…Had 10 points in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Indiana…Tied for the team-high with 19 assists in the playoffs…Ranked fourth in scoring (7.8 ppg).

2011 WNBA Season: Appeared in 25 games with two starts…Scored a career-high nine points against Atlanta (7/31)…Had a single-season career-high four threes…Averaged 9.2 minutes off the bench…Tied a career-high with three made field goals in a game on three different occasions…Played a season-high 24 minutes at Washington (9/4)…Emerged as a defensive specialist as the season progressed.
In The Playoffs: Made both shots and also had two rebounds and an assist in 15 minutes off the bench of Game 1 against Atlanta (9/16)…Finished the Atlanta series with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, making 2 of 3 threes while collecting four rebounds in 29 minutes.

2010 WNBA Season: Appeared in 20 games with one start…Played limited minutes…Missed the last five games because of illness…Scored a career-high eight points in consecutive games at Atlanta (7/7) and Indiana (7/14)…Played a career-high 28 minutes at Atlanta (7/7), where she made her one start.

Other Professional Experience: Spent the 2012-13 offseason in Israel with Elitzur Ramala…Averaged 1.5 points and 2.1 assists per game with Landes in France during the 2011-12 offseason…Spent the 2010-11 offseason in France with Reze Nantes Basket 44…Averaged 5.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in four EuroCup games for Nantes…In 23 French League games, averaged 10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

College: Finished with 1,509 career points, 13th best in LSU program history…Ranked sixth all-time with 89 career blocks…Seventh all-time in made threes (108)…First LSU player since Sylvia Fowles to reach 1,500 career points…Played in 136 games, fourth best all-time…Played in the NCAA Tournament all four years, with two appearances in the NCAA Final Four…Played a total of 13 NCAA Tournament games…Reached double figures 70 times…Scored 20 or more points 18 times…Named LSU’s MVP two years in a row…Led LSU in scoring as a junior and senior…Averaged 18.2 ppg. as a senior…Led the Tigers in three-point field goals (45) and made field goals (215)…Reached double figures in 29 of 31 games as a senior, with 11 games of 20 or more points…2010 John Wooden Award finalist…Two-time All-SEC First Team selection…Two-time SEC All-Defensive Team selection…State Farm Coaches’ Honorable Mention All American…Lowe’s Senior CLASS Second Team All American…LSWA Louisiana Player of the Year.

Personal

Full name is Allison Kina Hightower…Daughter of David and Regina Hightower…Has one older brother, Tony…Majored in general studies with concentrations in communications studies, sports studies and African-American studies…Averaged 21.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, six steals and five assists per game at Juan Seguin…Led Cougars to a 28-0 District 7-4A record in her last two season, with one trip to the state regional finals…Earned WBCA and McDonald’s All American honors as a senior…Finished as Juan Seguin’s all-time leading scorer with 2,182 points…Grew up as a huge Houston Comets fan in Texas…Later played for former Comets’ coach Van Chancellor at LSU.

Career Transactions

Selected by the Sun in the second round (15th overall) of the 2010 WNBA Draft. Signed a four-year contract with the Sun on March 26, 2014.