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Dawn Staley | 5
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Position:  G
Born: May 4, 1970
Height: 5-6 /  1,68
Weight: 134  lbs. /  60,8  kg.
College : Virginia '92
Career Highlights
  • recorded her 2,000th career point vs. Chicago (6/2/06) ...
  • only player to have started for both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference All-Star teams ...
  • had a season-high (2005) 10 assists on May 28 vs. Los Angeles
  • Ranks among WNBA leaders in total assists, assists per game, assists per turnover, minutes, minutes per game, free throw percentage, three-point field goals made, steals and points
  • Recorded the 1,000th assist of her WNBA career on September 1, 2004 vs. Connecticut
  • Played a career-high 45 minutes on June 20, 2004 vs. Los Angeles
  • Finished the 2004 season ranked third in the league in assists (5.0 apg)
  • Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 2003, 2002 and 2001
  • Has played in and started every game of her WNBA career
  • Scored the 2,000th point of her U.S. pro career (ABL and WNBA) on July 14, 2001
  • Set a Sting record and finished third in the WNBA with 190 assists (5.9 per game) in 2000
  • Handed out a franchise-record 13 assists vs. Washington on July 26, 2000
  • Posted a career-high 23 points on two occasions, the most recent July 16, 1999 vs. Orlando
  • Three-time (1996, 2000, 2004) Olympic Gold Medallist for the U.S. Women’s Basketball Team
  • Named USA Basketball Female Player of the Year in 1994
  • Named national player of the year at the college level in 1991 and 1992
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    WNBA Career:
    Ranks third among WNBA career leaders in total assists (1,055), fourth in assists (5.4), eighth in assists per turnover (2.06), ninth in minutes (33.7), ninth in total minutes (6,606), 13th in free throw percentage (.839), 16th in three-point field goals made (180), 17th in total steals (267) and 37th in total points (1,797)…Made her 196th career start last season and has never missed a game in her six-year career…Has led or tied for the team in assists in 159 out of 196 regular season games since joining the Sting.

    2005 WNBA Season
    Traded to Houston on August 1, 2005 … averaged 3.3 points and 2.8 assists in 10 games (3 starts) with Houston … averaged 6.3 points and 5.3 assists in 23 games with Charlotte in 2005 … had a season-high 10 assists on May 28 vs. Los Angeles … scored a season-high 16 points on June 25 vs. New York ... made her first start with Houston on August 7 at Sacramento, replacing Dominique Canty (knee injury) at point guard ... had seven assists in her second start with Houston on August 9 at Seattle … recorded six points and five assists in her third start with the Comets on August 27 vs. Los Angeles.

    2004 Season:
    Averaged 8.9 points, 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals…Led the team in scoring on seven occasions and in minutes played 24 times…Also recorded 10-plus points 15 times…Recorded her 1,000th WNBA assist on September 1 vs. Connecticut …Finished the season ranked third in the league with 5.0 assists…Played a career-high 45 minutes in the double overtime win over Los Angeles on June 20…Recorded a season-high 19 points on two occasions (July 20 vs. New York and July 24 vs. Washington)…Earned the third double-double of her career with 11 points and 10 assists on September 17 at San Antonio…Also passed for 10 assists at Minnesota on September 8…Started at point guard for the U.S. Women’s National Team on August 5 as they took on the WNBA All-Stars at Radio City Music Hall in a final tune-up before the Olympics.

    2003 Season:
    Voted to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team as a starter and recorded a game-high seven assists…Also defeated Sue Bird to win the Skills Challenge on All-Star Friday…Ranked fifth in the WNBA with 5.1 assists and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.23)…Tied or led the Sting in assists on 26 occasions and recorded 10-plus assists three times…Scored a season-high 16 points at Seattle on July 31…Scored the game-winning basket at the buzzer to defeat Connecticut, 69-68, on August 9. Playoffs: In two contests against Connecticut averaged 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

    2002 Season:
    Voted to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team as a starter…Ranked 12th in the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage (.398) and fifth with 5.1 assists…Three-point field goal percentage of .398 was the highest of her professional career… Led the team with 1,061 minutes played. Playoffs: Posted 8.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 39.0 minutes over two games.

    2001 Season:
    Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team…Finished second in the WNBA with 179 total assists, third with 5.6 assists per game, fifth in free throw percentage (.895), fifth in minutes played (1,152) and tied for 15th with 1.63 steals…Scored in double figures 15 times… Named WNBA Player of the Week for July 2-8…Honored as the June recipient of the WNBA Hometown Hero Award for her community service work in Charlotte and Philadelphia… Became the first woman in U.S. professional basketball history to record 1,000 career assists on July 9 at Orlando…Posted the second double-double of her WNBA career with 10 points and 10 assists on June 29 vs. Sacramento…Tied a franchise record with six steals in a game and set a team record with six steals in a half on July 26 vs. Washington…Scored the 2,000th point of her U.S. pro career on July 14. Playoffs: Started all eight of the Sting's playoff games, averaging 11.8 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds…Shot 13-26 (.500) from three-point range.

    2000 Season:
    Set a Sting record and finished third in the WNBA with 190 assists (5.9 per game) …Finished sixth in the league with an .878 free throw percentage and with 1,099 minutes and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.09)…Handed out a franchise-record 13 assists vs. Washington on July 26…Led or tied for the team lead in scoring on three occasions, rebounding once and assists 25 times.

    1999 Season:
    Ranked third in the WNBA with 5.5 assists, second with an .934 free throw percentage, sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.97) and 11th with 1,065 minutes…Led or tied for team lead in scoring on eight occasions and in assists 25 times…Came within one rebound of the WNBA’s first triple-double at Detroit on July 25 with 13 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds… Scored a WNBA career-high 23 points on two occasions - June 10 at Washington and July 16 at Orlando…Hit a team record-tying five three-pointers vs. Cleveland on July 7. Playoffs: Played in 157 of 160 minutes in Charlotte’s four playoff games…Scored 16 points, handed out nine assists and had just two turnovers in Game 1 of the 1999 Eastern Conference Championship Series vs. New York.

    ABL Career:
    Ranks third in the ABL career history books with 606 assists, third with 209 steals, second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.07), sixth with 149 three-point field goals, 10th with an .826 free throw percentage and fifth with 3,204 minutes…During the 1997-98 season, was named to the ABL Second Team and as a starter for the East in the ABL All-Star Game…Set an ABL record for three-point field goals in a season (111) and minutes played in a season (1,674) that same year… In 1996-97, she finished third in the league’s MVP balloting and set the league record for assists (320) in a season…Finished second in the league in steals (111)…Named to the ABL First Team and started the ABL All-Star Game for the East…Set an ABL record by playing 52 minutes in a triple overtime game vs. Colorado on November 1, 1996…Set the ABL standard for assists in a game with 14 vs. New England on November 17, 1996…Named ABL Player of the Week on January 28, 1997.

    Began her professional career in Sergovia, Spain in 1992-93…Spent the 1993-94 season playing with four different teams in Italy, France, Spain and Brazil…Spent the 1994-95 season playing in Tarbes, France.

    A three-time (1996, 2000, 2004) Olympic Gold Medalist for the U.S. Women's Basketball Team, she averaged 4.1 points while shooting 52.2 percent (12-23) from the field and 88.9 percent (8-9) from the free throw line during the 2004 Olympics in Athens…Also led Team USA in assists during those eight games, averaging 2.9 assists per game…Two-time recipient of the USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Award, winning in 2004 and 1994…In 2000, averaged 4.0 points while hitting 47.4 percent (9-19) of her field goal attempts, 50.0 percent (2-4) of her three-point field goal attempts and 100 percent (12-12) of her free throw attempts over the course of the eight games in Sydney…During the 1996 Olympics, she averaged 4.1 points and 3.5 assists while hitting 40 percent (2-5) of her three-point field goal attempts and 82.6 percent (19-23) of her free-throw attempts…Has been a member of various USA Basketball Teams since 1989.

    Named national player of the year in 1991 and 1992…During her four years at Virginia, appeared in four NCAA Tournaments, three Final Fours, and one NCAA Championship Game… Won the 1991 Honda-Broderick Cup Award as the collegiate female athlete of the year, the 1991 Honda Basketball Sports Award and the 1991 Sports Illustrated Player-of-the-Year award… Captured two ACC regular-season titles and three ACC Tournament titles…Earned ACC Player-of-the-Year honors in 1991 and 1992 and was the 1989 ACC Rookie of the Year…Selected to the 1990, 1991 and 1992 First Teams and All-Tournament Teams…Finished her collegiate career as the ACC's fifth leading scorer (2,135) and still tops the conference list for career assists (729)… One of three Cavaliers to have their jersey number (No. 24) retired…Has a degree in rhetoric and communications studies.


  • Full name is Dawn Michelle Staley
  • Named the head coach of the Temple Owls women's basketball program on April 12, 2000 and has guided the Owls to an NIT appearance (2000-01) and three NCAA Tournament berths (2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05)
  • This past season, she led the Owls on a 25-game winning streak and helped them capture their first-ever national ranking
  • Was named the A-10 Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2005
  • July 24, 2004 was proclaimed Dawn Staley Day in Charlotte by Mayor Pat McCrory
  • Is currently writing a four-book series loosely based on her childhood
  • In 2005, named the recipient of the Woman One Award for community and public service and a runner up for the first-annual Wooden Cup Award
  • Favorite NBA team is the Philadelphia 76ers and Maurice Cheeks is her all-time favorite player
  • Was chosen as the flag bearer for Team USA at the 2004 Olympic Games, leading the entire delegation into Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony
  • Chosen to run the Philadelphia Museum “Rocky” steps during the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay
  • Gave her 1996 gold medal to her mom, Estelle, whom she sites as the biggest influence in her life
  • Heads the Dawn Staley Foundation, which gives middle-school children a positive influence in their lives by sponsoring an after-school program at the Hank Gathers Recreation Center, which focuses on academics and athletics and sponsors basketball leagues and other fund-raising activities.

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