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Dominique Canty
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Canty completed her 13th season in the WNBA and her fifth with the Chicago Sky … On June 23, only six games into the season, Canty underwent arthroscopic knee surgery … She missed 13 games before returning July 28th against Tulsa … Canty played in 22 games in 2011, started in 8, and averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 assists per game … Her best game of the season came on September 10th when she scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, and tallied six assists … That same game, Canty recorded her 900th career made free throw and eclipsed 9,000 minutes played … Dominique is currently ranked 19th on the WNBA’s all-time leaders list for free throws made.

Canty started all 34 games for the second time in her 12-year career and averaged 9.0 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game … On July 1 against the Connecticut Sun, Canty scored the 2500th point of her career to become only one of nine WNBA players ever to accumulate 2500 career points, 900 rebounds and 900 assists … Her nine PPG was her best since joining the Sky in 2007 … Canty shot 43.0 percent from the field, the second highest Field goal perecntage of her career … She made 105 Field goals and shot 95-for-137 from the FT line in 2011, both career highs … Her 33 steals were the second highest in her career … On June 8 against the Liberty, Canty made the 800th Field goal of her career to become one of seven WNBA players ever to have 800 career field goals made, free throws made, rebounds and assists.

In her 11th WNBA season, Canty started all 34 regular season games, and averaged 6.9 points, 3.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game … her 109 assists was best on the Sky and 13th best in the WNBA … Canty shot 36.4 percent from three point range, the best mark of her career … Against Connecticut on August 1 Canty recorded her 300th career steal to become one of 11 players in WNBA history to reach 800 career rebounds, 800 career assists and 300 career steals … Canty scored a season-best 13 points three times, the last in a 79-76 win against Minnesota on August 15 … She recorded a season-high eight assists in the same game.

Canty completed her 10th year in the WNBA starting in 28 games, averaging 8.1 points, 2.5 rebounds with 4.1 assists per game… Of her 71 rebounds, 47 came from the defensive end… Canty scored 226 points with 83 free-throws, including nine consecutive from June 1- June 6…She led the team with 115 assists in 737 minutes played…Canty was sidelined with a knee injury for six games… Ranked 6th in the league in assists per turnover (2.13)…Ranked 9th in the league in assists per 40 minutes (6.2)...Ranked 9th in the league in assists per game (4.1)…Ranked 14th in league in total assists (115)… On July 2, Canty had a season-high 16 points, six rebounds and two assists against Indiana.

Canty started 27 games out of 30 played...averaged 7.4 pts, 2.8 rebounds & 2.6 assists per game...obtained 64 rebounds with 47 of them being defensive boards... Canty hit her 600th free throw of her WNBA career in the 1st quarter of the home game vs. Detroit Shock on 7/12...the same game Canty earned her 600th assist in her WNBA career making her 1 of 24 WNBA players to reach that milestone...Set a season high in FG made (7) and career high in 3-pointers made (2) in 5/22 game vs. L.A....Ranked 9th in the league in assists per game (4.10)....Ranked 5th in the league in assists per turnover (2.16)...At the 6/1 game at Washington she made 12 free throws of 14 attempts (a season and career high)... Canty’s first FG in the 7/22 game vs. San Antonio was her 600th of her career.

In a Comets’ uniform started 15 games out of 15 played... averaged 10.4 pts, 4.1 assists & 2.1 rebounds per game.

Played in 33 games with a career-high 32 starts for the Comets … averaged 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists … prior to 2005, started just 16 out of 64 games played in a Comets uniform, posting averages of 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists … missed one game (August 7 at Sacramento) with a right knee injury … reached double-digits in scoring 13 times … scored 15 points and added seven rebounds while playing a career-most 42 minutes in a double-overtime win on May 29 vs. Indiana … recorded 12 points and a season-best nine rebounds vs. Minnesota on June 7 … had a season-high five assists on June 18 at San Antonio, which marked the first of five games of reaching her season best of five assists … scored 11 points, dished out a season-high-tying five assists and matched her career high for defensive rebounds (7) while pulling down eight boards vs. San Antonio on June 25 … had a season-high three steals on July 23 vs. Los Angeles, on July 27 at New York and on August 25 at Phoenix … started at forward in place of Sheryl Swoopes (stomach virus) and scored a season-high 17 points vs. Los Angeles on August 27.

Averaged 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 32 games for Houston … also started in four games … missed two outings (July 26 vs. New York and July 29 vs. Minnesota) with a left ankle sprain … scored in double-digits three times … ranked fifth on the Comets in both rebounds (3.1) and assists (1.8) … recorded her lone double-double of the season in her first start with the Comets on June 10, registering 14 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds vs. Sacramento … also led team in rebounding with eight boards at Minnesota on June 17 and eight rebounds at New York on August 18.

Played in 28 games with 12 starts for Detroit … averaged 5.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds … was second on the team in free throws attempted (76) as well as total assists (83) and was fourth in minutes played (625) … fifth on the Shock in steals (21), points (160) and points per game (5.7) … led the team in scoring one time and in assists 10 times … posted 10-plus points six times.

In 32 games, including 18 starts, averaged 6.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.2 apg and 19.5 mpg…One of only four Shock players to play in all 32 games during regular season (Brown, Ndiaye-Diatta, Tornikidou)…Second on team with 74 FTA’s and 45 offensive rebounds…Tied for second on team with 31 total steals…Third on team with 70 total assists, 56 FT’s and 69 personal fouls…Fourth on team with 18 starts and 55 total turnovers…Fifth on team with 197 total points, 625 total minutes played, 70 FG’s and 83 total rebounds…Sixth on team with 6.2 ppg and 193 FGA’s…Seventh on team with 38 defensive rebounds and FT percentage (.757, 56-74)…Led the team in scoring four times, rebounds two times, assists seven times…Posted 10-plus points seven times, 15-plus points two times, 20-plus points one time, 5-plus rebounds three times, 10-plus rebounds one time and five-plus assists two times…Recorded her first-ever professional double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds versus Phoenix 6/29 – one of only five double-doubles on the season for the Shock, Palmer (3) and Ndiaye-Diatta (1)…T33rd in WNBA in assists per game, averaging 2.2 apg.

Played in 28 games, starting 27…Set franchise record for steals in a season when she collected her 32nd steal of the season 7/12 versus Seattle…Led Shock with 49 total steals for season...Surpassed made free throws for Shock career mark with 185 (Sandy Brondello, 179)...Co-led the Shock with 82 total assists (Tornikidou) and led the Shock with a 2.9 apg average...Finished 14th in WNBA in steals, averaging 1.8 spg...Finished 18th in WNBA in assists (2.9 apg)

Finished second to Washington's Chamique Holdsclaw for 1999 WNBA Rookie-of-the-Year (Three way tie for second with Orlando's Nykesha Sales and New York's Tamika Whitmore)...Saw action in 26 games as a rookie, starting 11...Averaged the second highest amount of minutes per game in the WNBA (646, 24.9 mpg) for a rookie, trailing only Holdsclaw...Led the Shock in both free throws attempted (136) and free throws made (94).

In the Playoffs:
Holds averages of 4.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in four playoff games with Detroit (1) and Houston (3) … in Houston’s 2003 First Round series vs. Sacramento, she set or tied her playoff best in points with six in Game 1 on August 29, in assists with four in Game 2 on August 31, as well as in rebounds with five in both Game 2 on August 31 and Game 3 on September 2 … in Detroit’s 60-54 loss vs. Charlotte on August 24 in the First Round of the 1999 WNBA Playoffs, registered six points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in her first playoff appearance.

Additional Basketball Experience:
Played with the Chicago Blaze of the National Women’s Basketball League prior to the 2003 WNBA season … has also played internationally. Canty played for Tarsus Belediyesi alongside Cathrine Kraayeveld in the 2010 offseason and in the 2012 offseason Canty played for Istanbul Universitesi in Turkey.

Finished her collegiate career as a two-time All-American and four-time All-SEC selection … averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists over four seasons at Alabama … as a senior, named First-Team All-American by the Associated Press and The Sporting News … named All-American and SEC Tournament MVP after leading the Crimson Tide to the SEC Tournament Championship Game as a freshman.


  • Born Dominique Danyell Canty on March 2, 1977, in Chicago, Illinois
  • Parents are Sammy and Beatrice Canty
  • Youngest of five children in her family, has two brothers and two sisters
  • Nicknamed “Nique”
  • Used to guard former University of Illinois point guard Kiwane Garris in backyard pick-up games growing up
  • She was a 1995 Street & Smith All-American and a four-time All-State player, and was inducted into the IHSA Girls Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004
  • Has been playing basketball since she was eight
  • Credits her sister, Forlesia, the first in her family to graduate from college and a law school student, for pushing her academically
  • Majored in criminal justice with a minor in social work
  • Spent the 2001-02 WNBA offseason as assistant coach for the Chicago State University women’s basketball team
  • Interned with the Dallas Mavericks public relations department during 2000-01 offseason after interning with the Detroit Pistons and Shock public relations department during 1999-2000 offseason.
  • Career Transactions

    Drafted by Detroit in the third round (29th overall) WNBA Draft, May 4, 1999. ...Acquired by the Houston Comets from Detroit on April 28, 2003 in exchange for the draft rights to Allison Curtin (Houston’s 2003 first-round draft choice). ...Signed with the Sky on Feb. 12th as a free agent.