2002: Played in 31 games, starting in each contest … averaged 15.3 points per game, leading the Mercury in scoring for the fourth season and tied for the 11th spot among top scorers in the league … pulled down an average of 3.7 rebounds per contest … scored in double figures in the first eight games of the season … saw 26 games in double-digit scoring … recorded 20+ points in eight games, stringing three consecutive 20+ games together from July 6-July 9, all resulting in Mercury losses… missed game on August 11 at Portland due to a sore left knee … connected on 36-of-93 shots from long distance to average .387 3PT%, finishing among the top 15 in the league’s three-point department…was voted winner of the 2002 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the award was voted on by WNBA media…named to 2002 USA Basketball World Championship team in August 2002…competed in the World Championships in China in September 2002 and helped lead the United States to a gold medal victory.
2001: Finished the 2001 campaign averaging 12.3 ppg...one of two Merc members to start all 32 regular season games...led team in scoring for third season...saw double-figure scoring in 16 games...notched 20 points on 6/2 at Minnesota...tallied the 12th double-double of her career on 6/4 by posting 14 points and 11 rebounds...surpassed the 2,000 point marker on 6/10 vs. Houston...e rupted for 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting on 6/12...scored a season-high 25 points on 6/29 at Detroit and shot a season-best .714 (10-for-14) from the floor...scored 18 points two games in a row on 7/19 and 7/21...hit the game-winning shot against Detroit on 7/26 with 19.4 seconds on the clock...hit another game-winner with 5.2 seconds left at Seattle on 7/27...poured in 25 points to tie her season-high on 8/3 at Miami...recorded 10 points and four steals on 8/10...posted 11 points and eight rebounds on 8/11.
2000: Averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 27.5 minutes in 30 games… shot .440 (139-316) from the field and .745 (79-106) from the free throw line in 2000…scored in double figures in each of the final nine games (7/24-8/9)…shot .400 or better from the field in 16 games and the Mercury was 12-4 in those contests…second on the team in points per game and tied for second (with Lisa Harrison) in rebounds per game…had started 105 consecutive games in the WNBA, including 15 this season, before sitting out on 7/6 vs. Detroit due to a sprained left ankle…missed two games (7/6, 7/8) due to the injury.
Averaged 15.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.7 apg and 34.2 mpg in 32 games… was named as a center to the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game on 7/14 in New York…scored her 1,500th career point in a 71-59 victory vs. Sacramento on 8/17…led the team in scoring for the third consecutive season (15.2 ppg)… ended the season ranked 5th in the league in minutes per game (34.2 mpg), ranked 9th in the league in scoring (15.2 ppg) and ranked 14th in the WNBA in rebounding (5.8 rpg)… shot a perfect 1.000 from the free throw line 9 times…recorded three double-doubles the only Mercury player to start in every game over the first three WNBA seasons (90 games).
First Team All-WNBA selection…surpassed the 1,000 career point marker on 8/14/98 vs. Detroit…named WNBA Player of the Week for 7/6/98 – 7/12/98…averaged 20.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 32.1 mpg… had six double-doubles…led the Mercury in scoring 23 times…led the Mercury in scoring (20.8 ppg), rebounds (7.3) and steals (1.67)…scored in double figures in 29 of the 30 games…ended the season 2nd in the WNBA in scoring (20.8 ppg), 5th in rebounds per game (7.3), 6th in three-point field goal shooting (.378) and 10th in steals per game (1.67)…posted a WNBA season-high/career-high 36 points with a shot to send the team into overtime and an 82-80 win at Cleveland on 8/10/98.
1997: Second Team All-WNBA selection…finished the regular season tied with Andrea Stinson for fifth in the WNBA in average scoring (15.7 ppg)…was 10th in the league in free throw percentage (.777)…named WNBA Player of the Week for games played 8/11/97 through 8/17/97…led the team in scoring…averaged 15.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 31.2 mpg.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Began her professional career in Italy…Italian League teams include Milan (1987-91), Ancona (1991-94), Messina (1995-96 and Taronto (2002)… was named to several Italian League All-Star Teams… in 1994, led the Italian League in field goal percentage (.690)… in 1995, was second in the Italian League in scoring (28.3 ppg) and field goal percentage (.660)… in 1996, was second in the Italian League in scoring (24.6 ppg) and at the Ronchetti Cup (26.0 ppg)… during the 1996-97 season, played for the AC Sporting in Athens, Greece… in 1997-98 played in Turkey… led her team to winning the Turkish Cup and Turkish Championships… led the team in scoring and rebounding… played in Istanbul, Turkey for half of the 1998-99 season… was one of a select group of WNBA players who played in the Buick Regal Hall of Fame Enshrinement Game on 10/2/99 in Hartford, Connecticut…was a member of the 2000 Regal by Buick WNBA On Tour All-Star Team…spent the rest of the 2000-01 off-season playing in the Canary Islands, Spain…Came full circle after she spent the second half of the 2001-02 off-season playing for Taronto in the Italian League.
Spent a good portion of the 2001-02 off-season working in the Mercury Community Relations Department…was presented with a trip to Hawaii by GM Seth Sulka as congratulations for reaching the 2,000 career-point milestone…has six brothers and three sisters… received a Gold Medal in the 1988 Olympics… was awarded the key to her hometown of Oxford, MS… speaks Italian and Greek… enjoys movies, reading and music… her sister Peggie is the head coach at Texas A&M… list her mother, Ella Gillom, as her role model… eight out of the 10 children in her family have college degrees… was named one of Arizona’s top athletes of the century (#74)… her favorite athlete is Michael Jordan… would like to be a WNBA coach after she is done playing basketball… has a sports complex named after her and her sister Peggie at the University of Mississippi “Gillom Sports Complex.”