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2004 (Detroit):
Finished the season second on the Shock in field goal percentage (35-of-74, .473) … Made the first start of her WNBA career at Connecticut on June 25 … Scored a career-high eight points on two occasions – vs. Phoenix on September 1 and vs. New York on September 14 … Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds vs. Phoenix on September 1 … Handed out a career-high five assists vs. New York on September 14 ... Picked up one steal on nine different occasions and one blocked shot on eight different occasions ... Season Highs: Points – 8, Three Times; Rebounds – 7, (Phoenix 9/1); Assists – 5, (New York 9/14); Steals – 1, Nine Times; Blocks – 1, Eight Times; FGM – 4, (Indiana 6/29); FGA – 9, (New York 9/14); FT – 2, Twice; FTA – 2, Six Times; Min. – 22, Twice … In the Playoffs: Scored her lone basket of the postseason in Game One of the Shock’s first-round series vs. the New York Liberty.

Played for Acis Incosa León in Spain prior to the 2006 WNBA season … Member of the 2003 USA Pan American Games Team capturing a silver medal in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic … Member of the 1998 USA World Youth Games Team that captured the bronze medal.

College: Named AP All-America honorable mention and All-ACC First Team in 2004, 2003 and 2002, becoming just the eighth player in ACC history to be named three times. Tillis was also named ACC Tournament MVP in 2004 and 2003, becoming only the fourth player to win the honor in consecutive seasons. In her senior season, she averaged 12.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.34 blocks and 28.0 minutes while leading her Duke Blue Devils (30-4) to the Elite Eight of the 2004 NCAA Tournament before losing to Minnesota, 82-75. Tillis was a 2003-04 Naismith Finalist for National Player of the Year. She averaged 14.5 points and 7.4 rebounds, 2.16 steals and 30.5 minutes in 37 games as a junior. Tillis was a member of the 2003 USA Pan American Games Team that captured a silver medal in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team in 2002. Tillis recorded 25 career double-doubles at Duke and her 88 career double-figure scoring games is fifth on the school’s all-time list. Former Indiana Fever Head Coach and current ESPN analyst Nell Fortner has compared Tillis to Los Angeles Sparks star center Lisa Leslie. ESPN/ABC analyst Robin Roberts has called Tillis “The x-factor” because of her “great range and strength in the post.”

2003-04 Off-Season: Led Duke University a 30-4 record and an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.


  • Full name is Iciss Rose Tillis
  • Born December 6, 1981, in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Daughter of Jesse Morris, Jr., and Melanie Hughes-Morris
  • Her father is James “Quick” Tillis, who was the first fighter to go the distance with Mike Tyson, losing a 10-round decision on May 3, 1986
  • Majored in economics at Duke.

  • Career Transactions

    Selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock.… Traded by Detroit to the Washington Mystics on April 14, 2005 in exchange for the 13th overall selection in the 2005 WNBA Draft … Waived by Washington on May 20, 2005 … Signed by the New York Liberty as a free agent on February 14, 2006.

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