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Beginning her fifth Fever season and seventh WNBA season, Davenport has established herself as a fixture in the Indiana frontcourt…the No. 2 pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, Davenport was signed by the Fever as a free agent four games into the 2009 regular season after being waived by the New York Liberty…the first Ohio State player ever to don a Fever uniform, she joins Katie Douglas as former players of the year in the Big Ten Conference…after seeing limited minutes during the 2009 regular season, she sparked Indiana in the WNBA Finals by scoring in double figures twice, including a career-high 18 points in the deciding Game 5…she has been a part of four straight Fever playoff runs, including the 2012 WNBA championship.

2012: Davenport played in all 34 games for the Fever and started in two…she averaged 6.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game…in her best offensive game of the season she led the team with a season-high 19 points, shooting a perfect 9-of-9 from the field vs. Chicago, 6/16…her perfect shooting broke her own franchise record (8-of-8) she set in 2010…in the first game of the season she recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds…in that game she also made a 3-pointer, only the second of her career.
2011: Davenport saw action in 34 games, starting eight…she was the only Fever player to score in all 34 games, averaging 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game…she was the club’s third-leading scorer…she scored a career-high 25 points vs. Phoenix, 6/28…she scored 20+ points three times in 2011, after never scoring more than 19 in her first four WNBA seasons…Davenport set career-highs in almost every category including points scored (363), rebounds (163), assists (17) and blocked shots (45)…she had a franchise-high six blocked shots at Seattle, 6/17… she finished fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.529).
2010: Typically the Fever’s first post player off the bench, Davenport saw action in 33 of 34 games, averaging 7.4 points in 14.2 minutes of action…she posted a franchise-record 57.1 percent shooting clip (96-of-168) and 0.82 blocks per game…she set another franchise record on 8-of-8 shooting while scoring a career-high 18 points at Connecticut, 6/11…she set a new career high with 12 rebounds at Atlanta, 8/1.
2009: Davenport, who was signed after a season-ending injury to Yolanda Griffith, played in 26 games…she averaged 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.54 blocks…Davenport posted the team’s highest field goal percentage while shooting 52.7 percent from the field…she ranked third in the WNBA in blocks per 40 minutes with 3.09…she was second on the team in blocks per game…had season-high 13 points twice, at San Antonio, 7/23, and at Connecticut, 9/13.
2008: After missing the first 19 games due to a tibial stress fracture she suffered while playing in France, Davenport saw action in 14 of the Liberty's final 15 games…she scored 10+ points in three straight starts from 9/9 to 9/12, the first such streak in her career…she tied a career-high with 15 points vs. San Antonio, 9/9…in that game against the Silver Stars, she added nine rebounds and two assists…she led the Liberty with 12 points and six rebounds in a 74-59 loss to the Fever, 9/11…she led the Liberty to its final win of 2008 with the first double-double of her brief career, scoring 10 points and grabbing a career-best 10 rebounds in a 69-62 win over Chicago, 9/12.
2007: The second overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft by San Antonio, her rights were acquired on the night of the draft, along with the Silver Stars' 2008 first round draft pick, by New York in exchange for Becky Hammon and the Liberty's 2007 second round draft pick…as a rookie, she played in 33 of 34 games and started 13…she averaged 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game…she shot 81.8 percent from the foul line (54-of-66)…shooting 61-of-137 from the floor (.445), she led all WNBA rookies in field goal percentage…she led all rookies with 29 blocked shots…in just the third game of her career, she rejected a career-high four shots at Minnesota, 6/1…she scored a career-high 15 points vs. Phoenix, 6/3, and scored 10+ points a total of five times.

2012: Davenport played in 7 of 10 games during the Fever championship run, averaging 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game…in the Eastern Conference Finals she shot 66.7 percent from the field, scoring six points in each of the final two games of the series…her playoff season scoring high was seven points, in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals at Minnesota, 10/14.
2011: Davenport saw action in all six Fever postseason games, averaging 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 16.5 minutes per game…she shot 55 percent from the field. In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Davenport scored 12 points and had seven rebounds.
2010: Davenport averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against New York…she was second on the team with 16 rebounds in three games, including a team-high eight boards in Game 1.
2009: Davenport played in nine games for the Fever, averaging 4.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.89 blocks per game…she led the team with 56 percent shooting from the floor…Davenport was third on the team in blocks…in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals at Phoenix, 10/9, she had a playoff career-high 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting, along with two blocks…in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at Phoenix on 10/1, she had 10 points and a playoff career-best three blocks.
2008: She played in four of the Liberty's six postseason games, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot in 25 minutes.
2007: She played in two games of a three-game series with Detroit, scoring three points and adding three boards…all three of her rebounds came in the opening game of the series, 8/24.

2012-13: Davenport played 12 games with Istanbul Universitesi in the Turkish League…she averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
2011-12: Vologda-Chevakata’s leading scorer (13.8 ppg) and rebounder (5.3) for the second straight season, Davenport ranked 10th in the Russian League in scoring. Chevakata was fifth in the Russian League and advanced to the EuroCup quarterfinals.
2010-11: The leading scorer (17.7 ppg) and rebounder (8.9 rpg) for Vologda-Chevakata in Russia, Davenport was third in the Russian PBL in scoring, second in rebounding.
2009-10: Davenport played overseas in Harbin City, China.
2008-09: A member of the Turkish League's All-Defensive unit, Davenport averaged 12.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and a league-leading 1.7 blocks for Tarsus Belediyesi.
2007-08:Playing professionally overseas for the first time, she averaged 15.8 points in 25 games for Challes-les-Eaux Basket in France…she ranked second in the LFB with an average of 16.1 points per game in 17 appearances.

With USA Basketball, Davenport helped the U.S. junior team win the World University Games in 2006 and was a member of the U.S. Senior National Team that won gold at the 2006 Opals World Challenge in Australia.

Ohio State's first three-time WBCA/Kodak and Associated Press All-American, she was also the Big Ten's first three-time Player of the Year...a three-time finalist for Wade Trophy and two-time finalist for Wooden Award, she was named the 2006 Ohio State Athlete of the Year...she is the only player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots in a career...she played in a school-record 130 games...she finished her career second in school history with 2,303 points, trailing just Katie Smith (2,578)...her .604 field goal percentage was tied for the best in school history and she graduated as the school’s career leader with 875 FGM...she scored in double digits in 83 of her last 84 games...she recorded a total of 384 blocks and ended her Buckeye run as the Big Ten's all-time leader, ranking seventh in NCAA history...she finished her career with 1,093 rebounds, then second in OSU history.


Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she has two sisters, Joan and Shannon…having earned her undergraduate degree in consumer affairs, she plans to pursue a career in marketing after her playing days are over and would like to design a clothing line for tall women…after her sophomore season at OSU, she listed former New York Liberty teammate Janel McCarville as the best player she had ever faced in college…she lists Shaquille O’Neal as her favorite basketball player.

Career Transactions

(1) Drafted by the San Antonio Silver Stars with the 2nd overall pick, first round, in the 2007 WNBA Draft, 4/4/07. (2) Traded to New York with San Antonio’s 2008 first-round draft pick, in exchange for Becky Hammon and New York’s 2007 second-round draft pick. (3) Waived by New York in training camp, 2009. (4) Signed as a free agent by Indiana, 6/17/09.