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HOW ACQUIRED : Signed as a restricted free agent on March 6, 2007
CAREER NOTES: Named WNBA 2006 Most Improved Player… has played for four different WNBA teams (Minnesota Lynx, Charlotte Sting, Sacramento Monarchs and San Antonio Silver Stars)… Was traded by the Charlotte Sting to Sacramento on March 3, 2005 along with Nicole Powell and Olympia Scott-Richardson for Tangela Smith and a 2006 second round draft pick…. Acquired by Charlotte along with Maylana Martin in a draft-day deal for Shaunzinski Gortman, Charlotte’s No. 9 overall selection of the 2002 WNBA Draft…4/11/01: Selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round (23rd) of the 2001 WNBA Draft… Missed the second half of the 2007 season with a torn ACL.
FUN FACTS: Loves soccer, surfing and mountain biking… cardboard sliding down hills and tree house building were the highlights of her life as a kid… Got her head sucked into a fan in Costa Rica sending her to the hospital for a partially shaved head and stitches… Also in Costa Rica, her car slid off a mountain road and was hit head on by a taxi while riding a bike with her puppy, Tica, riding in the front basket… The impact sent Erin and Tica tumbling over the taxi… Lived in New Zealand… Slipped in the shower as a kid, knocked her head on the side of the tub and stopped breathing… Both parents were hippies… Dad hitch-hiked cross country with $3 in his pocket and went back in a VW bus… In high school had breakfast “dates” with her dad so the two could spend time together… Played tag hide-and-go-seek on the elementary school rooftop as a kid… Fell out of a second-story window as a toddler, landing on the only bush around… Bought land in Costa Rica so she could live in a rainforest and would hike through, machete’ing her own path… Mode of transportation on college campus was a longboard skateboard… Broke her arm twice playing soccer…Loves full-moon surf sessions and surfing in spots only accessible by boat.... Almost bought a white monkey to bring home from the jungle to go with Tica, the dog from the streets of Costa Rica… Loves to write and says nothing has her heart more than the Lord… Fluent in Spanish, is learning Greek and loves to study the Bible.
2008: Averaged 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game… Tallied a career best 36 steals during the regular season and enjoyed a career tops .431 percentage from beyond the arc hitting 28 of 65 3-point attempts… Scored in double-figures 13 times during the regular season… Dished a career-high six assists against Phoenix on May 20 to go with 13 points and four rebounds… Scored a season-best 15 points with four assists and six rebounds at Phoenix on July 15… Had nine points, five assists and six rebounds in the final regular season game against Sacramento on Sept. 13… Grabbed a season-best eight rebounds (seven offensive) to go with nine points, a steal and a block at Phoenix on Aug. 28… Averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists during the playoffs… Picked up 10 points and four rebounds at Sacramento on Sept. 18… Tallied eight points, four assists and two steals against the Monarchs on Sept. 22, then picked up nine points and three rebounds at L.A. on Sept. 25.
2007: Was enjoying a career year starting 10 games, appearing in 18 total games, averaging 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game before tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in her left knee less than a minute into the Stars July 11 game at Phoenix… was the current Western Conference Player of the Week at the time of her injury… In the four games leading up to her injury, Buescher averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, including a career-best 27 points and five steals in an 80-73 win over Seattle.
2006 WNBA SEASON: Averaged 9.7 points, (.537 FG%, .000 3FG%, .750 FT%), 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 19.5 minutes per game in 34 games played (12 started)…Named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player (8/19)…Recorded a career-high 25 points vs. Minnesota (6/29) and a career-high 13 rebounds at Charlotte (7/1)…Finished first in the WNBA in field goal percentage…PLAYOFFS: Averaged 3.3 points, (.379 FG%, 1.000 3FG%, .636 FT%), 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks and 11.7 minutes in nine games.
2005 WNBA SEASON: Averaged 3.3 ppg, (.700 FG%, --- 3FG%, .588 FT%), 1.3 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg and 9.1 mpg in 23 games played…Sat out 11 games due to a lumbar strain (6/26-7/16 and 8/12-8/18)…Scored a seasonhigh eight points at Los Angeles (6/11)…Grabbed a season-high four rebounds at Charlotte (8/4)…Recorded a season-high two blocks vs. Detroit (7/24)… PLAYOFFS: Averaged 1.0 ppg, (--- FG%, --- 3FG%, .500 FT%), 1.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, --- spg, 0.3 bpg and 4.3 mpg in three games.
WNBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Averaging 3.7 ppg (.408 FG%, .300 3FG%, .633 FT%), 2.5 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.5 bpg and 13.9 mpg through four WNBA seasons and 98 career games with the Minnesota Lynx, Charlotte Sting and Sacramento Monarchs…2004: Did not play…2003: Averaged 0.6 ppg, (.375 FG%, --- 3FG%, .750 FT%), 0.3 rpg, 0.2 apg, --- spg, --- bpg and 3.1 mpg in 14 games with Charlotte…Missed 11 games due to a strained lower back…2002: Averaged 3.3 ppg (.402 FG%, .364 3PT%, .694 FT%), 3.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.5 bpg and 13.5 mpg in 29 games with Charlotte…Recorded the first doubledouble of her WNBA career on July 1, vs. Phoenix with a season-high 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds…Tied her season-high in scoring with 11 points vs. Detroit on July 27…Tallied a new career high in blocks with four on July 17 vs. Orlando…Led Charlotte in rebounding twice…Increased all of her shooting percentages from her rookie campaign…Missed the final three games of the regular season due to a sprained left ankle…PLAYOFFS: Averaged 8.5 ppg (.875 FG%, 1.000 3FG%, .500 FT%), 3.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, --- spg, 0.5 bpg and 15.5 mpg in two games…2001: Averaged 5.7 ppg (.348 FG%, .276 3FG%, .618 FT%), 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.9 bpg and 22.7 mpg in 32 games (19 started) with the Minnesota Lynx…Ranked fifth among rookies in blocked shots, sixth in assists, sixth in rebounds, ninth in minutes and 13th in scoring…Led the team with 29 blocked shots, a new single season team record…Finished fourth on the team in rebounds (118) and ranked third in assists (62)…Tied a career-high with nine rebounds July 28, at Utah…Recorded five double-digit scoring performances… Scored a career-best 16 points June 30, vs. Houston.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: During the 2005-06 off-season played in Greece for Akadimia 75 averaging 33.4 mpg, 16.6 ppg (49.2 FG%, 96.2 FT%), 9.5 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2.9 spg…During the 2004-05 off-season, played in New Zeland for Harbour Breeze and in Greece…Played on 1998 Jones Cup team that traveled to Beijing, China and Taipei, Taiwan.
COLLEGE: Named Big West Player of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2000 at the University of California-Santa Barbara…Transferred to The Master’s College for her senior year and earned NAIA First Team All-America acclaim…As a senior, averaged 17.6 points per game…Led The Master’s College to a school-best 26-3 record and an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament…Named Player of the Year in the National Christian College Athletic Association in 2001…Averaged 17.3 ppg as a junior at UC Santa Barbara.
PERSONAL: Married to Stratos Perperoglou… Daughter of Jim and Margie Buescher…Has two sisters, Jenny and Emily and one brother, James…Her hobbies include surfing, hiking, mountain biking and reading…Member of the Christian Surfers organization.
High School: Rincon Valley Christian
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
3/6/2007: Signed by the San Antonio Silver Stars as a restricted free agent... 3/3/05: Traded by the Charlotte Sting to Sacramento, along with Nicole Powell and Olympia Scott-Richardson, for Tangela Smith and a 2006 second round draft pick…4/19/02: Acquired by Charlotte along with Maylana Martin in a draft-day deal for Shaunzinski Gortman, Charlotte’s No. 9 overall selection of the 2002 WNBA Draft…4/11/01: Drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round (23rd) of the 2001 WNBA Draft.