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Essence Carson #17 Guard/Forward

Essence Carson

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CAREER CAPSULE:
Selected to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game ... Ranks seventh in Liberty history with 1,501 career points ... Has scored in double figures in 68 career games, including eight 20-point games ... Made four postseason appearances ... Selected in the first round (7th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft.

2013: Appeared in four games with four starts ... Averaged 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists through four games ... Missed remainder of 2013 season due to torn left anterior cruciate ligament during game at Atlanta (6/7) ... Underwent successful surgery on June 26 to repair torn left ACL.

2012: Appeared in 34 games with 23 starts ... Averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists ... Scored in double figures in 20 games, including three 20-point games ... Had one double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds at Chicago (7/6) ... The 11 rebounds established a career high ... Set career high with six assists vs. Washington (9/1) ... Made her fourth playoff appearance.

2011: Appeared in 32 games. Averaged 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists ... Scored in double figures in 19 games, including two 20-point contests ... Tied her career-highs for rebounds and assists, registering eight rebounds (ATL, 6/14 and CON, 8/18) and five assists (@CHI, 6/17 and ATL, 7/13) ... Selected to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game ... Made her third career playoff appearance.

2010: Appeared in 34 games ... Averaged 3.7 points and 1.6 rebounds ... Reached double figures in season opener with 11 points against Chicago (5/16) ... Registered 5-plus points in 13 games.

2009: Appeared in 34 games with 34 starts ... Scored 10-plus points 17 times and 20-plus points twice ... Grabbed five or more rebounds three times ... Led the team in scoring six times and rebounds three times.

2008: Appeared in 34 games with 30 starts ... Scored 10-plus points in eight games ... Led the team in scoring twice and rebounding once ... PLAYOFFS: Appeared in and started all six games, averaging 16.8 mpg and 5.7 ppg across the two series ... Scored team and career-high 15 points in decisive Game 3 of Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against Connecticut.

COLLEGE:
Graduated 17th on Rutgers’ all-time scoring chart and 12th on all-time rebounding list... Averaged 9.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg for career ... Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year for three straight seasons ... Earned All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2008; All-BIG EAST First Team, BIG EAST All-Tournament team honoree, Greensboro Regional All-Tournament Team, Kodak/WBCA Region I All-American, first team Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association selection and preseason Wade Watch list in 2007; Achieved a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) All-Second Team in 2006; Named to the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) All-Second Team and a BIG EAST Academic All-Star in 2005.

Personal

Born in Paterson, NJ ... Nickname is E ... Daughter of Stacey Robinson and the late Joseph Carson ... Second of three children ... Plays the piano, bass guitar, drums and saxophone, and produces music off the court ... Favorite singer is Mariah Carey ... Psychology major with a music minor at Rutgers ... Graduated from the Rosa Parks School for Fine and Performing Arts in her hometown, but competed athletically at Paterson Eastside High School ... Was an all-state volleyball player and ran track for the first time in the spring of 2004, winning the state 400-meter title ... Has a pug named Champ.

Career Transactions

Selected in the first round (7th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty.