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Kara Braxton #45 Forward/Center

Kara Braxton

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CAREER CAPSULE
Two-time WNBA Champion with the Detroit Shock (2006, 2008) ... Selected to represent the Eastern Conference as a starter in the 2007 WNBA All-Star Game ... Ranked fourth among rookies in scoring (6.9), fifth in rebounding (3.0) and third in field goal percentage (97-of-210, .462) ... Made eight career postseason appearances ... Selected in the first round (7th overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft.

2012: Appeared in 34 games with 18 starts ... Averaged 6.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game ... Led the team with 61 (1.8 rpg) offensive rebounds and was second in total rebounding (153) ... Had 11 double-digit scoring games ... Recorded two double-doubles on the season ... Posted 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Atlanta (6/24) ... Also registered 13 points and 11 assists at Chicago (9/7) ... Tied career high of six assists vs. Washington (9/1) ... Made her seventh playoff appearance.

2011: Acquired from Phoenix on August 4 ... Appeared in 13 games with the Liberty ... Averaged 3.9 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game with New York ... Made her sixth career playoff appearance.

2011 (Phoenix) : Averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds.

2010 (Phoenix): Acquired from Tulsa on July 23 in exchange for Nicole Ohlde and a 2011 first round draft pick ... Scored 7 points and 2 rebounds in debut for the Mercury (@MIN, 7/29) ... Scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 18 minutes off the bench in her Mercury home debut (PHE, 7/29) ... Averaged 11.1 points on .544 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds and 24 minutes in 13 games...Ranked sixth in the WNBA in field goal percentage shooting .516 ... Averaged a career-high 9.9 points per game.

2010 (Tulsa): Averaged 12.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in four games ... Averaged 9.3 points on .500 percent shooting, 4.6 rebounds and 16.8 minutes in 22 game.

2005-2009 (Detroit): In 2005, ranked fourth among rookies in scoring (6.9), fifth in rebounding (3.0) and third in field goal percentage (97-of-210, .462) ... Established a Shock rookie record by scoring 18 points in her first game (CON, 5/21) ... In 2006 finished second on the team in scoring (4.3) and rebounding (3.4) off the bench ... In 2007, surpassed the 500-point mark with a 15-point outing vs. Washington (7/28) ... In 2008, appeared in 33 games and averaged 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game ... In 10 games as a starter, averaged 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game, recorded a career-high 24 blocks ... Played in the 100th game of her career at Minnesota on 5/18 ... Scored a career-high 26 points vs. Atlanta on 6/29 ... Registered her 50th career block (WAS, 7/11), grabbed the 500th rebound of her career (LA, 7/22) ... In 2009, appeared in 28 games, averaging 9.0 points, a career-best 6.0 rebounds and 18.0 minutes ... Shot a career-high 52.7 percent from the field, topped the 1,000-point mark for her WNBA career ... Ranked fifth on her team in scoring, third in rebounding and led the squad in field-goal percentage, grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds (@CON, 7/11).

COLLEGE:
Finished her three-year collegiate career at Georgia with averages of 15.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 blocks, 1.5 steals, and 24.3 minutes while shooting 52.6 percent from the field (440-836 FG) in 71 game ... In her sophomore season she was tabbed preseason First Team All-SEC ... Posted double-doubles in seven of 21 games including back-to-back outings against No. 15 South Carolina and No. 18 Vanderbilt ... In 2002, named First Team All-SEC and SEC Freshman of the Year with averages of 16.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, while shooting 54 percent (198-367 FG) from the field.

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PERSONAL:
Born in Tallahassee, FL, spent 12 years as a resident of Jackson, MI ... Daughter to Christine Brown and Quentin Braxton ... Father starred collegiately at Portland (Ore.) State and was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1975 ... Has a twin sister named Kimberly Braxton ... Gave birth to son, Jelani Thurman, on January 15, 2005 ... Boyfriend and Jelaniís father, Odell Thurman, was drafted in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft (48th overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals a week after Kara was drafted in the WNBA.

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Selected in the first round (7th overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft.