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Helen Darling
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HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by San Antonio with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 Dispersal Draft.

CAREER NOTES: Played for Dan Hughes in Cleveland after he drafted her out of Penn State in 2000… Was the first player in Penn State history to be named the Big Ten Player of the Year (2000)…Has appeared in 25 career WNBA playoff games.

FUN FACTS: Mother of 7-year-old triplets… Wrote and published Hide N Seek Mondays, the first of a series of seven children’s books during the 2007 season, then finished the second book, Yummy Tummy Tuesdays, during the 2008 season… Brings a rhyming dictionary and writes the children’s stories while on road trips… Loves scary movies… Volunteered at the Make-A-Wish Foundation during the 2007-08 off-season.

2009: One of two Silver Stars to play in all 34 games this season…Started in 13 games…Averaged 3.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks and 18.9 minutes per game…Scored a season-high eight points in San Antonio’s season opener at Phoenix on June 6…Collected her 300th career steal at home against Phoenix on June 23…Dished out a season-high seven assists in Detroit on 8/23…Scored fi ve points and dished out fi ve assists in a pivotal game at home against Minnesota on Sept. 1…Tallied six points, fi ve assists and two rebounds in San Antonio’s record-setting performance at home against Phoenix on Aug. 15…Playoffs: Played in three games, recording averages of 1.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.

2008: Appeared in 31 regular-season games, making 14 starts… Averaged 3.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game… Scored a season-best 12 points against Phoenix on May 20… Tallied five assists along with three steals at Washington on July 6… Picked up five steals against Houston on June 24… Dished a season-best seven assists against Sacramento on Sept. 13… Picked up three or more steals five times during the regular season… Appeared in six playoff games before a lower leg injury sidelined her… Averaged 2.0 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists.

2007: Started 19 regular season games and appeared in 33… Recorded 103 assists and 45 steals… Scored 18 points against Washington on Aug. 7, earning her 1,000th career point… Recorded four double-digit scoring games… Tallied nine assists vs. Los Angeles on Aug. 4… Key to the Silver Stars’ defensive success, picking up at least one steal in 20-plus games… Posted a career-best .383 field goal percentage along with a career-high in steals per game (1.4)… Ranked sixth in the WNBA in steals per 40 minutes and seventh in assists per 40 minutes.

2006 Season:
Averaged 4.7 points, 3.0 assists and 1.13 steals per game… Scored a season high 11 points against Connecticut on June 3… Dished out seven assists twice, most recently against the Silver Stars on July 14… Tallied eight assists and two steals in a win over the Houston Comets on August 8.

2005 Season:
Played 31 games for Charlotte, starting the last 11…Averaged 3.5 points, 2.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 19.4 minutes….As a starter, averaged 7.0 points and 4.5 assists in 31.0 minutes, compared to 1.5 points and 1.3 assists in 17.6 minutes off the bench…Dished out her 500th career assist on August 27 against Connecticut, becoming the 21st woman to reach that plateau..Finished the season tied for 18th among WNBA leaders with 2.7 assists…Ranked 16th in the league with 1.3 steals…Tied her career high with 10 assists on August 4 vs. Sacramento…Set a Sting franchise record and personal career-high with seven steals on August 12 vs. New York… Played a career-high 48 minutes on August 12 vs. New York…In her first start of the season posted a season-high 11 points along with seven assists at Washington on August 2…Recorded five-plus assists eight times on the season…Led the Sting in assists on nine occasions and in minutes on seven occasions…Missed one game due to a left hamstring strain.

2004 Season:
Saw action in 33 games for the Lynx, starting the last 22…Averaged 4.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 21.4 minutes…Finished the season ranked 13th in the WNBA in assists …Dished out a career-high 10 assists on September 10 vs. Seattle… Recorded eight-plus assists five times on the season…Tallied a season-high 14 points on September 1 vs. Houston…Finished with double-digit scoring three times…Posted a career-high five steals on July 28 vs. San Antonio; all five came before halftime, setting a Lynx franchise record. Playoffs: Started both playoff games for the Lynx and averaged 3.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 22.0 minutes for the team.

2003 Season:
Started all 34 games for Cleveland…Led or tied the team in assists 19 times and steals 12 times…Finished the season with 128 assists, the second-highest single season total in Rockers history…Averaged 4.1 points, 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds in 24.5 minutes during the season…Dished out a season-high seven assists on June 27 vs. Seattle…Recorded four steals on three separate occasions. Playoffs: Started all three games against Detroit, averaging 4.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 27.7 minutes…Recorded eight assists in Game 1 on August 29…Posted five rebounds in 25 minutes in Game 2 at Detroit on August 31.

2002 Season:
Did not play due to pregnancy.

2001 Season:
One of only two Rockers players to start all 32 games…Finished the season averaging 6.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals…Scored a career-high 18 points on July 8 at Houston…Tied then career-highs with eight assists, four steals and five rebounds at Los Angeles on June 5…Also recorded eight assists at Orlando on June 27. Playoffs: In three games against Charlotte averaged 6.0 points, 6.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals …Recorded a Rockers playoff-high 10 assists on August 20… Posted a Rockers playoff-high tying five steals on August 16 at Charlotte.

2000 Season:
In rookie season, played all 32 regular season games, recording 4.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.15 steals…Tied her season high with seven assists at Charlotte on July 8…Posted a season-high 15 points on 6-11 FG with five rebounds, four assists and three steals on June 22 at Orlando…Dished out a season-high seven assists vs. Orlando on June 7…Finished the season with four double-digit scoring efforts…Led the Rockers in scoring twice and in assists six times. Playoffs: Averaged 5.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in six Rockers playoff games.

International:
Member of the 1999 World University Team.

College:
Over the course of her college career, averaged 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.49 steals in 126 games at Penn State…Is the only player in Penn State history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 600 assists for her career…As a senior, won the Naismith Award for small player of the year and was named a Kodak All-American after averaging 10.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 35 contests…Also led the nation in assists as a senior and was named the 1999-2000 Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming the first player in school history to earn Big Ten Player of the Year honors…Hit the game-winning shot at the 2000 NCAA Midwest Regional…Was named a member of the All-Big Ten First Team as a junior and a senior… As a junior led the Big Ten in assists, averaging 7.5 along with 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds…As a sophomore, was named the MVP of the 1998 WNIT Tournament…Earned her degree in education from Penn State in December 2001.

Personal

Full name is Helen Marie Darling… Spent the 2004-05 offseason as an assistant coach for the University of Memphis women’s basketball team… Delivered triplets, two boys (Ja-Juan, Jalen) and a girl (Nevaeh), on April 13, 2002… Started playing basketball in sixth grade… Her favorite memory of playing basketball was hitting the game-winning shot at the 2000 Midwest Regional… Parents are Patricia Smith and Donald Darling… Has four brothers and sisters: Donald, Ronald and Dewand Darling and Alicia Smith… Enjoys reading, writing, watching scary movies and spending time with family and friends.

Career Transactions

Selected by Cleveland in the second round (17th overall) of the 2000 WNBA Draft on April 25, 2000. … Selected by Minnesota with the seventh pick of the 2004 Dispersal Draft on January 6, 2004. …Traded by Minnesota along with the Lynx's second-round pick (24th overall) in the 2005 WNBA Draft to Charlotte in exchange for the Sting's second-round pick (17th overall) in the 2005 WNBA Draft...Selected fourth by the Silver Stars in the 2007 Dispersal Draft.