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Seasoned by five years in the WNBA and world competition in the Olympics and World Championships, Phillips has emerged as one of the league’s top backcourt contributors, capable of playing either guard position…acquired by a three-team trade in April 2011, Phillips joined the Fever to bolster an already deep backcourt and proved to be a vital cog in the club’s championship run of 2012…following an injury to Briann January ten games into the 2011 season, Phillips assumed Indiana’s starting point guard role the rest of the year…she would team with January in 2012 to complete one of the WNBA’s most versatile and dynamic backcourts with both players playing the point and shooter’s roles…after three seasons with the Connecticut Sun, Phillips signed a free agent deal with Seattle on February 9, prior to the trade with Indiana…Indiana fans can revel in the fact that she has always been a Reggie Miller fan, complete with a framed jersey on her wall in Australia!

PRO – WNBA
2012: Phillips played in 29 games for the Fever, missing a pair of games with a concussion and three more during Australian National Team training…she started in eight games including the last three games of the season, where she played over 30 minutes…she led all scorers at Washington, 9/21, with a season-high 19 points, adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 38 minutes of play…she shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range, third best in the WNBA…she tied her career scoring mark with 21 points, shooting 7-of-15 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the arc against Tulsa, 9/23.
2011: Phillips played in 31 games, starting 22…her 8.6-point scoring average was the best of her WNBA career…she scored a career-high 21 points twice at Atlanta, 7/19 and 8/30…she tied a career-high eight rebounds at Chicago, 8/7…she played a career-high 37 minutes vs. Washington, 7/9…she ranked eighth in the WNBA with a mark of 42.6 percent (26-of-61) from beyond the 3-point line.
2010: Phillips trained in Australia with the Australian National Team.
2009: She played in 32 of 34 games with Connecticut, starting 18, averaging 8.1 points and tying for the team lead with 43 steals…including 10 of the first 14 games of the season, she scored in double figures 11 times and had a season-best with 19 points at Detroit, 7/5…she corralled 103 rebounds (3.2 rpg), also her best in a single season and she was second on the team with 66 assists…Phillips had a season-high six rebounds four times and collected at least four rebounds 14 times…her six boards vs. Atlanta, 6/14, included a career-best four offensive rebounds…she claimed multiple steals in 12 games…she had a career-best five steals vs. Los Angeles, 7/14, and had four thefts against Atlanta, 6/14…including the season finale vs. Indiana, 9/13, she had a career-high seven assists twice…her steals-to-turnover ratio of 1:1 was tied for eighth in the WNBA.
2008: After training with the Australian National Team, and leading it to a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she returned to the Connecticut Sun for the final eight games of the WNBA regular season, averaging 5.3 ppg on 13-of-28 shooting overall (.464), 6-of-12 3-point shooting and 9-of-11 (.818) at the free throw stripe…she had 18 points, a career-high eight rebounds and no turnovers in the season finale vs. Washington, 9/13.
2007: She sat out the entire 2007 WNBA season while rehabilitating from a torn ACL in her right knee sustained during a collision with Tully Bevilaqua, in a game between her Adelaide Lightning and the Canberra Capitals, 1/20.
2006: One of only three Connecticut players to appear in every game, she started 13 after Nykesha Sales was forced out of the lineup with a sore Achilles tendon…Phillips averaged 5.4 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game…she was fourth on the team with 29 steals and tied for second with 80 assists…including a season-high 19 points vs. Washington, she scored in double figures four times in the final 11 games…her 19 points against the Mystics featured four 3-pt FG…though she averaged just over two assists a game, she had four or more assists eight times, with a high of six vs. Chicago, 7/20.

PLAYOFFS
2012: Phillips played in all 10 Fever playoff games, starting in nine…she averaged 10.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game…she scored in double-figures in seven games, including career highs of 18-point and eight rebounds in Game 4 of the Finals against Minnesota, 10/21…she led the Fever with a 51.7 percent shooting clip from 3-point range, hitting 15-of-29 attempts to set a team record…she hit at least one 3-pointer in each of the club’s final six playoff games, combining to make 7-of-15 (.467) during the WNBA Finals…in the playoffs overall, she combined for 16 assists and six steals, and just 10 turnovers.
2011: Phillips played and started in all six Fever postseason games…she averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game…she hit a game-winning basket with less than a second remaining to defeat New York in Game 1 of the East Semifinals, 9/15.
2008: She played in all three of the Sun's first round games vs. New York, totaling nine points, two rebounds, five assists and just one turnover in 36 total minutes…her six points in Game 1 came on a pair of 3-pointers.
2006: She appeared in all five of the Sun's games, starting once and averaging 6.6 points and 1.4 assists…she started in place of the injured Katie Douglas in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Detroit…in that game, she established postseason highs in points (13), field goals made (4), 3-pt FG (3), assists (3) and steals (2)…she tied for second on the team with seven 3-pt FG during the postseason and she shot 53.8 percent from long distance during the playoffs.

PRO – OVERSEAS
2012-13: Phillips spent most of her WNBA offseason in her native Australia, eventually playing the final month of the Polish season with Wisla Can-Pack.
2011-12: Phillips returned to Wisla in Poland where she helped the club to another PLKK Championship, averaging 10.2 points and 3.2 assists in 21 Polish contests. Wisla advanced to the EuroLeague final eight, with Phillips averaging 13.3 points and 3.3 assists in 16 EuroLeague contests.
2010-11: A starter in 29 games for Wisla Can-Pack in Krakow, Poland, she helped lead the team to the best regular season record (22-2) and a PLKK Championship by averaging 12.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game…she was fourth in the PLKK in assists and ranked second in the league in steals.
2009-10: The third-leading scorer for Lotos Gdynia in Poland, she averaged 10.9 points and shot better than 44 percent (.441) from 3-pt range in 30 games…she was also third on the team in rebounds (5.3 rpg), assists (3.4 apg) and steals (1.6 spg).
2008-09: Before leaving the team in December, she averaged 11.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and a league-best 2.9 spg in 10 games for Ramat Hasharon Electra in Israel.
2007-08: Playing for Adelaide in Australia's WNBL, she averaged 14.6 points, 3.3 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in 20 appearances.
2006-07: She was named to the WNBL All-Star Five for the third consecutive year in 2006-07 and also received the 2006-07 Good Hands Award…she was named WNBL Player of the Month for November 2006.
2005-06: She was named the team's MVP after leading Adelaide in points (15.7 ppg), steals (1.3 spg) and assists…her 4.9 assists per game not only led the team, but were tops in the WNBL…she was fifth in the league in scoring, eighth in rebounding and ninth in steals.
2004-05: Playing with Adelaide, she scored a career-high 40 points which was the fourth-highest total in Adelaide Lightning franchise history.

INTERNATIONAL
2010: In Australia’s run to a fifth place finish in the FIBA World Championships in the Czech Republic, Phillips averaged 4.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game…she tied for third on the team with eight steals.
2008: A member of the silver-medal winning Australian team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she accumulated 11 points, nine rebounds and two assists in six appearances in which she averaged 5.3 minutes a game.
2006: She won a gold medal with the Australian National Team at the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil…making appearances in seven of the team's eight games, she totaled 16 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals in 59 minutes.

Personal

Erin Victoria Phillips has two sisters, Rachel and Amy…she has two nieces, Ashlee and Chloe, and a nephew, Ky…her biggest thrill outside basketball was becoming an aunty…she lists her sports hero as her father, Greg, a former professional Australian Rules Football star who was listed among the 22 greatest players in the 130-year history of the Port Adelaide club during a ceremony in June of 2000…she lists “Wedding Crashers” and “Kill Bill” as her favorite movies…her favorite food is mom’s cooking and sushi…she would like to become a boundary commentator for Australian Rules Football someday…she loves animals, music, playing the guitar, surfing and being at the beach…when not in Australia, she owns a home in Dallas, Texas.

Career Transactions

(1) Drafted by the Connecticut Sun with the 21st overall pick, second round, in the 2005 WNBA Draft, 4/16/05. (2) Signed as a free agent by Seattle, 2/9/11. (3) Traded to Indiana along with a third-round draft pick, in exchange for a second-round draft pick to Seattle and a third-round draft pick to Washington, 4/29/11.