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Erlana Larkins provided the Indiana Fever and WNBA with one of the most remarkable storylines in 2012, signing a training camp contract after two seasons out of the league, and responding with record-breaking rebounding numbers in the WNBA Playoffs and WNBA Finals while Indiana won its first championship…with the 2012 story as a backdrop, Larkins returns for her second season in Indiana, intent on laying claim to a starting role at center…the former North Carolina star and first-round pick by New York was waived by the Liberty in 2010 and again by the Phoenix Mercury in 2011.

PRO - WNBA
2012: Larkins played in all 34 games for the Fever and started in the last two of the season…she averaged 4.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game…her average of 11.3 rebounds per 40 minutes played was the 11th best in the WNBA…in her first career start, she claimed a career-high 11 boards and scored eight points with an assist and three steals at Washington, 9/21…her best game off the bench was against Washington, 8/16, when she led the Fever with a career-high 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting and 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
2011: Larkins signed a training camp contract with the Mercury, but was waived prior to the regular season.
2010: She was waived by the Liberty in training camp.
2009: Larkins appeared in 18 games for the Liberty…she led the team in rebounds twice, grabbing a season-high six boards at San Antonio, 6/13, and against Indiana, 9/8…she posted averages of 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds, during 7.6 minutes per game.
2008: Larkins appeared in 27 games for the New York Liberty, leading the team in scoring once and rebounding twice…she scored in double figures four times, and collected five or more rebounds six times…she averaged 4.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game…a career scoring high of 13 points occurred twice within the same week…she netted 13 against San Antonio, 9/9, and against Detroit, 9/14.

PLAYOFFS
2012: Larkins played in all ten Fever playoff games, starting in nine…she was inserted into the starting lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Atlanta, 9/30, and responded with a record-breaking run all the way to the Fever championship…she averaged 9.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, leading the club with a franchise-record 109 rebounds in one playoffs season…in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against Atlanta, 10/2, she finished with her first career double-double – regular season or playoffs - with 16 points and 20 rebounds…her 20 rebounds were a career-high and matched the Fever postseason record which is second in WNBA Playoffs history…her nine offensive rebounds set a franchise record and tied the WNBA record…in the four-game Finals series against Minnesota, Larkins averaged 8.5 points and 12.0 rebounds, twice falling one rebound shy of the Finals single-game record…she paced Indiana with 16 points and 15 rebounds in Game 1 of the series, followed by 10 points and 15 boards in Game 3 of the series…she led the Fever in rebounding in five of the ten playoff games…she scored a career playoffs-high 16 points in three different games.
2008: Larkins played in all six Liberty playoff games during the Eastern Conference semifinals and finals…playing 14.5 minutes per game, she averaged 4.3 points and 4.8 boards…she had a high of nine points at Detroit, 9/29, in Game 3 of the conference finals…she posted a high of seven rebounds in Game 1 against Detroit, 9/26.

PRO - OVERSEAS
2012-13: For the second year, Larkins teamed with Fever mate Shavonte Zellous, helping Mersin to a remarkable 18-game win streak and No. 4 seed in the Turkish playoffs…Larkins led the league in rebounding and finished the season with averages of 13.9 points and 14.8 rebounds a game.
2011-12: Larkins played beside Fever teammate Shavonte Zellous with Mersin in the Turkish League…she averaged 10.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in 21 contests…she finished second in the league in rebounding…it was Larkins’ third straight season with Mersin.
2010-11: She averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds through 22 Turkish League games with Mersin.
2009-10: With Mersin in the Turkish League, she averaged 11.4 points and 8.7 rebounds through 18 games
2008-09: Playing for Samsun in the Turkish League, she averaged 14.5 points and 12 rebounds in 20 games.

INTERNATIONAL
Larkins was a gold medalist with 2007 USA Basketball Women's Pan Am Games Team (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)…she played with the 2006 USA Basketball Under 20 Women's National team at the FIBA Americas Championship (Mexico City)…she represented the U.S. at the 2005 FIBA Women's U19 World Championship (Tunisia)…she was part of the 2004 USA Basketball Junior World Championship qualifying team (Puerto Rico).

COLLEGE
At the University of North Carolina, Larkins holds career averages of 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.1-percent from the floor…she became the 7th player in ACC history with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocks in a career…
2007-08: She was a 2008 State Farm All-American, USBWA All-American, AP All-America Second Team, ESPN.com All-America Second Team, All-ACC First Team, and was named the ACC Tournament MVP.
2006-07: As a junior, she was named AP All-America Third Team, All-ACC First Team and to preseason watch lists for the Wooden, Wade and Naismith awards.
2005-06: Larkins was named to NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team, AP All-America honorable mention, Kodak All-America region finalist, All-ACC first team and All-ACC Tournament first team.
2004-05: A part of the Tar Heels’ ACC Tournament champions, she was named to All-ACC Second Team, All-ACC Freshman Team, All-ACC Tournament Second Team and selected to the ESPN.com Preseason All-Freshman team.

Personal

Erlana La'Nay Larkins was born in West Palm Beach, Fla…she is the daughter of Victoria and Earl Larkins…she majored in sociology and Afro American studies at North Carolina…she prepped at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Career Transactions

(1) Drafted by the New York Liberty with the 14th overall pick, first round, in the 2008 WNBA Draft, 4/9/08. (2) Waived by New York, 2010. (3) Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, then waived in training camp, 2011. (4) Signed as a free agent by Indiana, 3/14/12.