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Charde Houston #22 Forward

Charde Houston

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  • WNBA champion (2011-Minnesota)
  • 2009 WNBA All-Star
  • Named the recipient of the Dawn Staley Community Leadership award in 2011
  • Scored 24 points during her Mercury debut, a franchise record for a Phoenix debut
  • Acquired by Phoenix on Feb. 24, 2012 in a sign-and-trade deal that also exchanged second round picks between the Mercury and Lynx.
  • Selected by Minnesota in the third round (30th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft
  • 2012 WNBA SEASON

  • Recorded 15 double-digit scoring efforts in 27 games after not recording one in 27 games last season with the Lynx.
  • June 23-July 7: SIX straight games of 10+ points, her longest single-season streak since July 12-31, 2009 (six straight)
  • Missed seven games due to a left knee injury
  • SIX GAMES BEFORE SURGERY: 15-of-36 (.417) 3FG
  • June 29-July 3: Three straight games with at least four made 3-pointers, the longest streak of her career… five total
  • Averaged 12.0 points in a Mercury uniform, second-highest average of her career, highest since 2009 (13.1)
  • Career average with Minnesota: 9.5
  • Recorded four 20-point performances, her most since 2010 (seven)
  • Started 15 straight games before her injury, 20 overall, after not starting one in 27 games in Minnesota last season.
  • MERCURY DEBUT: Scored 24 points, a franchise record for a Phoenix debut… Career-high five made 3-pointers… Started in place of injured Diana Taurasi
  • 2011: Finished her fourth WNBA champaign by appearing in 27 games as a reserve, drawing seven DNP-CDs... Did not see action in the June 9 contest at Seattle, ending her consecutive games played streak at 80 games... Contributed 2.9 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 7.8 mpg, hitting 36.5 from the floor and 26.1% (6-for-23) from beyond the arc... Equaled her season best with nine points Aug. 16 at Connecticut, and played a season-high 16:35 on Aug. 2 vs. Phoenix... Tumbled to 29.3% (12-for-41) over her final 13 appearances on the heels of a 10-game stretch at 50.0% (17-for-34)... Shared a season-high five rebounds July 31 at San Antonio... Named the 2011 recipient of the WNBA's Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award on July 8. 2010: Finished her third season in Minnesota by averaging 11.8 ppg and 4.1 rpg while logging 22.3 mpg... Shot a career-low 41.6% from the floor, but ranked 19th in the WNBA by hitting 36.5% (46-for-126) from three-point distance... Played in all 34 contests, running her consecutive games streak to 77... Started eight times, including the first four and final three games of the season; she averaged 17.0 ppg (43.2%) and 6.5 ppg in 32.8 mpg as a starter... Ranked 28th in the WNBA in scoring, 25th in steals (1.26 spg) and 28th in blocks (0.56 bpg)... Posted season highs in minutes (39:08) and assists (four) Aug. 22 at Indiana... Tallied a game-high 24 points Aug. 12 vs. Los Angeles, one of seven 20+ efforts on the season (13 career) and one of nine times she was Minnesota's leading scorer; she reached double figures on 17 occasions... The Aug. 20 game at L.A. was the 100th of her career; she went over the 1000-career-point mark Aug. 1 vs. Seattle... Equaled career highs with her 26 points and 13 rebounds July 29 at Phoenix, her lone double-double of the season (sixth career)... Collected 23 points May 23 vs. Tulsa; she also tied career highs in blocks (three) and three-pointers (four) in that game, while the four steals were one shy of her career best... 2009: Celebrated her second season in Minnesota by being selected to play in the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 25 in Connecticut... She contributed 16 points (on 7-for-10 shooting), six rebounds and three steals for the Western Conference, which took home a 130-118 victory... Played in all 34 games for the Lynx, starting 33; the lone bench appearance came Aug. 19 at Los Angeles... Averaged 13.1 ppg (good for 21st in the league) and 5.5 rpg (23rd) while playing 23.3 mpg; she shot 46.5% from the floor and 72.7% from the FT line... Finished the season 23-for-69 (33.3%) from beyond the arc, after not attempting a single trey as a rookie; she ranked 9th in the league in three-point accuracy (45.7%) at the All-Star Break, but tailed off to 20.6% (7-for-34) afterwards... Was Minnesota's leading scorer eight times (including five 20+ efforts) and top rebounder on eight occasions... Pulled in a season-high 12 rebounds July 15 vs. Atlanta; she collected four double-doubles overall, equaling the fourth-best single-season total in franchise history... Scored a game-high 22 points Sept. 5 vs. Seattle, her lone 20+ effort at Target Center; she also dished a game-high four assists (one of five times she led) while getting to the FT line a season-high nine times... Picked off a career-high five steals Aug. 23 at New York, and swiped 22 steals in her final 12 outings; for the year, she ranked 23rd in the WNBA in steals (1.26 spg) as well as 24th in blocked shots (0.62 bpg) and 20th in FG accuracy (46.5%)... Blocked a career-best three shots July 22 at Phoenix (also June 27 vs. Phoenix), and handed out a career-high five assists June 16 at Sacramento... Erupted for a career-high 26 points July 12 at San Antonio; she averaged 14.9 ppg (46.2%) in 17 road outings... Scored 23 points June 7 at Indiana, shooting 8-for-8 from the floor in the first half to match Seimone Augustus' franchise record... 2008: Concluded her first season in Minnesota as the 4th-leading scorer among WNBA rookies... Averaged 8.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 17.6 mpg, and ranked 9th in the league in field-goal accuracy at 49.2%... Saw action in 33 games (all off the bench), missing the July 25 contest vs. San Antonio due to a bone bruise on her left knee; she returned from that injury to tally 15 points July 27 vs. Los Angeles... Topped the Lynx in scoring five times (including three of the final four games) and in rebounding on five occasions, while racking up 13 contests with 10+ points... Debuted with a season-high 21 points (in just 16:28) May 18 vs. Detroit, hitting 9-for-12 from the field... Claimed her lone double-double of the year May 31 vs. Phoenix; her 13 rebounds match the fifth-highest total in franchise history... Tied season bests in steals (three) and blocks (two) Sept. 7 at Sacramento... Handed out a season-high four assists (in a season-high 28:00) June 20 at Detroit, and finished with a game-high nine rebounds June 6 at Connecticut... Tallied 12.5 ppg (on 53.8% shooting) over her final 11 appearances, boosting that to 18.5 ppg and 66.7% accuracy (30-for-45) with 6.0 rpg and 2.00 spg in the last four.

    2011: Appeared in two postseason contests with the Lynx on their way to the 2011 WNBA Championship… Averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 6.0 minutes per game.


  • Spent the 2012-13 offseason playing for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel
  • Spent the 2011-12 offseason playing for Istanbul University (Turkey) and later Maccabi Ramat Hen (Israel)
  • Spent the 2010-11 offseason playing for Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia) and later for Elizur Ramla (Israel)
  • Spent the 2009-10 offseason playing for Tarbes (France) and later USK Praha (Czech Republic) and finally USK Praha (Prague)
  • Spent the 2008-09 season playing for Raanana Hertzliya in Israel, averaging 23.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and was named the league’s MVP
  • Member of the Gold Medal-winning Pan American Games team in 2007, the first U.S. squad to capture Gold since 1997

  • College
    Closed out her Connecticut career with averages of 9.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.5 apg in 139 games... Earned A.P. All-America Honorable Mention in both 2007 and 2008... Finished her career at UConn ranked 22nd among the school's scoring leaders with 1,365 points... Totaled 132 blocks, which ranked 8th-best in school annals... 2007-08: Named the 2008 Big East Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, after netting 11.3 ppg and 7.0 rpg while shooting a team-best 64.0% from the field during UConn's three-game run to the 2008 championship... Finished her senior season with averages of 6.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 1.1 apg... 2006-07: Appeared in all 36 games, making 35 starts... posted six double-doubles... tallied double-figure points in 25 games, including four 20+ scoring efforts... Ranked third on the squad with averages of 12.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg... Second-team All Big East selection... Selected to the 2007 Big East All-Tournament Team... Finalist for the Naismith Award... Became the 28th player in UConn history to reach the 1,000-point milestone... 2005-06: Named a member of the Big East Honorable Mention Team and to the Naismith Award Watch List... Played in 33 games (four starts), averaging 9.5 ppg, while shooting .527 from the field... ranked 15th among Big East leaders in blocked shots (30)... post double-figure points 16 times... 2004-05: Appeared in all 33 games of her freshman season, making 12 starts... Named third team All-Big East, and selected to the Big East All-Freshman Team... Posted double-figure points 20 times, including three 20+ point efforts... Led the Huskies in blocks (49) and steals (51), ranking 5th among Big East leaders in blocks (1.48) and 15th in steals (1.6).


    Born on Apr. 10, 1986 in San Diego, Calif.... Full name is Charde Lakishia Houston... The daughter of Dorothy Green and Terry Houston... Graduated from UConn in May 2008 with a degree in Sociology... Became the all-time leading scorer in California high school history (3,837 points), breaking Cheryl Miller's previous mark of 3,446... Named to the McDonald's, WBCA and Street & Smith's All-American teams in 2004 after posting a 34.6 ppg scoring average in her senior season at San Diego H.S... Lists "Pursuit of Happiness" as her favorite movie... Her hobbies include reading, writing and cooking... Founded Project Y.O.U. (Youth Opportunities Unlimited), a non-profit organization that's purpose is to educate, motivate and empower today's youth to uphold the torch of excellence in school and in life.

    Career Transactions

    Chosen by Minnesota in the 3rd round (30th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft... Signed on April 20, 2008.