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Erika de Souza #14 Forward/Center

Erika de Souza

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WNBA CAREER CAPSULE
• 2013 and 2009 WNBA All-Star selection
• 2013 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team
• Atlanta’s all-time leader in games (161), rebounds (1,371), blocked shots (232), field goal percentage (.539) and double-doubles (58)
• Averaging 23.8 minutes, 10.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in eight seasons in the WNBA
• Played one season each for the Los Angeles Sparks (2002) and Connecticut Sun (2007) before joining the Dream
• Has appeared in 27 postseason games.

2013: Named to WNBA All-Defensive Second Team ... Selected for her second WNBA All-Star Game ... Started all 34 games ... Averaged career highs in points (12.9), rebounds (9.9) and blocks (1.8) ... Led the league in double-doubles (18), third in rebounds, fifth in field goal percentage (.553) sixth in blocks and 12th in steals (1.3) ... Broke team single-season records for double-doubles, rebounds (337) and blocks (61) ... Team record six straight double-doubles from July 9-Aug. 3 ... 27 double-digit scoring games ... In eight playoff games, averaged 11.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

2012: Appeared in 15 games, all starts... Missed the first 19 games while training with the Brazilian National Team for the Olympics ... Averaged 11.6 points, 8.2 rebounds 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game... Had three double-doubles ... Scored in double figures nine times, with two games of at least 20 points ... Averaged 8.7 points, 6.3 bords and 0.7 blocks in Atlanta’s three playoff games.

2011: Appeared in 32 games, all starts... Averaged 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game... Recorded career highs in minutes per game (27.4 mpg) and free throw percentage (65.5%)... Recorded 10 double-doubles, ranking fourth in the league... Appeared in five postseason games (missed three postseason games competing for the Brazilian National Team in Olympic qualifying tournament)... Averaged 11.0 ppg and 11.4 rpg in the postseason.

2010: Started all 34 regular season games for the Dream… Averaged 12.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game… Ranked fifth in the WNBA in field goal percentage (0.60) and offensive rebounds (2.8 per game)… Ranked sixth in the WNBA in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and blocks (1.2 bpg)… Recorded a career high in rebounds (20) against Minnesota on July 14… Appeared in all seven playoff games, averaging 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.

2009: Started all 34 regular season games for the Dream… Averaged 11.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.,. Earned first WNBA All-Star selection… Recorded a career-high 27 points against Sacramento Monarchs on September 4… Ranked second in the WNBA in double-doubles (15.0)… Ranked first in WNBA in offensive rebounds (119) and total rebounds (309) … Ranked second in WNBA in rebounding percentage (9.1).

2008: Missed most of the season with a fractured leg… Played in 12 games for the Dream, including eight starts… Averaged 9.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.8 blocks… Tied for third leading scorer on the team… Averaged team-highs in rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and blocked shots… Shot career-high 58.5% from the field… Recorded a career-high 18 rebounds against Detroit on May 23... Set the team record for single-game rebounds (18)… Recorded first double-double in Dream history in her debut on May 23 (10 points and 18 rebounds).

2007: Appeared in 32 games for the Sun, including two starts… Averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game… Finished second on the team in blocked shots (29)… Appeared in one playoff game.

2002: Played in 11 games for the Sparks… Averaged 1.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

Other Professional Experience: A member of the Brazilian National Team … Helped Brazil finish with a 1-4 record at the 2012 London Olympics ... Averaged 16.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in pool play, ranking tied for second among all players in scoring and second in rebounding ... Played for FIBA’s Ros Casares in Spain during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 off seasons …. Averaged 5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in six games during the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Brazil … Missed the first three games at Championships due to injury … Played three seasons for Universitat Barcelona in the Spanish League … Was named MVP of Spanish League after leading her team to the finals during the 2005-06 season … Also named Spanish League’s Foreigner of the Year and Center of the Year … Participated in the 2004 Olympics in Athens … Played for FIBA’s Mizo-Pecs in Hungary during the 2002-03 season … Was a part of the Brazil team that lost to Australia in the Semifinals … Won the silver medal for Brazil in the 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women … Named to the 2003 All-FIBA World Championship for Young Women Team along with Seimone Augustus and Alana Beard.

Personal

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil … As a child favored volleyball and handball to basketball but was convinced to pursue basketball due to her height … Hobbies include movies, swimming and going to the beach … Favorite book is the Bible … Lists favorite movie as Shrek and favorite television show as American Idol … Would like to study psychology and start a foundation in Rio de Janeiro once her basketball career is over.

Career Transactions

Signed by the Los Angeles Sparks as a free agent on April 27, 2001 … Traded to the Connecticut Sun on February 21, 2007 (de Souza and Sparks’ first pick in 2007 draft in exchange for Taj McWilliams-Franklin) … Acquired by the Atlanta Dream from the Connecticut Sun in the 2008 expansion draft … Re-signed by the Dream on March 16, 2010 ... Re-signed by the Dream on March 8, 2012.