Laura Harper #15 Forward/Center
- Born: Apr 11, 1986
- Height: 6-5 / 1,96
- Weight: 186 lbs. / 84,4 kg.
- College: Maryland
- Years Pro: 2
BackgroundMissed the 2010 and 2011 seasons due to injuries 2009: Averaged 4.5 ppg (.388 FG%, --- 3FG%, .732 FT%), 3.4 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.7 bpg and 13.9 mpg…Started in 11 of 33 games played…Played in 64 consecutive games for Sacramento, beginning with the season opener of her rookie season, from May 17, 2008, through Aug. 29, 2009…Led the Monarchs in blocks, with 22…Set new career highs in the following categories: points (13 vs. Minnesota, 6/16); fi eld goals made (6 vs. Minnesota, 6/16); fi eld goals attempted (11 vs. Phoenix, 6/12); blocks (4 at Chicago, 6/30) and minutes (26 vs. Seattle, 6/6).
2008: Averaged 5.5 ppg (.474 FG%, .000 3FG%, .583 FT%), 4.0 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.6 bpg and 16.5 mpg in 34 games played (one start)…Scored a career-high 11 points on several occasions…Pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds at Atlanta on 7/22… Season-highs: points – 11 (several times); rebounds – 12 (at Atlanta, 7/22); assists – 3 (at Chicago, 5/22); steals – 3 (vs. Indiana, 7/26); blocks – 3 (vs. Houston, 5/30)…Finished the season ranked in the top 10 among rookies in the following statistical categories: sixth in rebounds per game (4.0); 13th in points per game (5.5); fi fth in fi eld goal percentage (.474); and sixth in blocks per game (0.59)…Playoffs: Recorded averages of 3.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks and 14.0 minutes per game in three games.
WNBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Finished her first WNBA season ranked in the Top 10 among rookies in the following statistical categories: sixth in rebounds per game (4.0); 13th in points per game (5.5); fi fth in fi eld goal percentage (.474); and sixth in blocks per game (0.59).
COLLEGE: Scored over 1,400 points while at Maryland (ranks 14th all-time) and ranks fourth all-time in career rebounds, with 873…Broke the school record for career blocks (198)…2007-08: Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American…Third Team All-ACC honoree…Started all 37 games averaging a career-leading 14.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .603 from the floor… 2006-07: A preseason candidate for the Naismith Award…On the finalist list for the national player of the year honor…Preseason Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American and was ranked the No. 2 forward in the nation by ESPN.com…Earned a spot on the Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team after averaging 16.5 points per game over the two games, while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor…Ranked third in blocks per game (1.91), fourth in field goal percentage and 17th in rebounds per game in the ACC…Also ranked in the top 50 in the country in blocks per game…65 blocks was the third-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Terrapin junior all-time…2005-06: The season after tearing her Achilles' tendon, went on to be named NCAA Tournament Final Four Most Outstanding Player…Started 17 games, playing in all but two…In the NCAA Tournament Championship game, tied for a team-high 16 points and hauled down seven rebounds to lead the Terps to their first national title in school history…Five double-doubles on the season…Reached double figures in 24 games…Ranked 25th in the ACC in scoring, eighth in rebounding, eighth in field goal percentage and third in blocks per game (1.94)…70 blocks are the second-most in a season in school history….2004-05: Suffered an Achilles tendon rupture at practice on Dec. 26, 2004, and underwent surgery in early January, sitting out the final 23 games of the season, including the entire ACC slate…ACC Rookie of the Week on Nov. 29 after averaging 12.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg and 3.0 bpg at the Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo…Also garnered all-tournament honors in Colorado…Posted three double-doubles in nine games…Grabbed at least seven rebounds in all nine games before being sidelined…9.8 rpg average prior to being sidelined was tops in the ACC.
NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE:
Named to the USA U21 National Team, where she helped the team capture a gold medal at the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship in Russia…The U21 team went 8-0 at the tournament, after winning three-straight exhibition games against the U21 French National Team…Member of the 2004 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying team which went 5-0 and won a gold medal in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, capturing a berth to the 2005 FIBA Junior World Championship…Started all five games of the tournament, averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting .632 from the field.
Played for Besiktas Cola Turka in Istanbul, Turkey, during the 2008-09 off-season…In 30 games, averaged 17.0 points (.519 FG%, --- 3FG%, .674 FT%), 11.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.3 bpg and 35.1 mpg…Recorded a double-double in 15 games…Scored a season-high 31 points on two occasions…Named to the EuroLeague Women All-Star Team…Tallied four points, three rebounds and one assist in the All-Star Game on March 8, in Paris, France.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2004 McDonald’s and WBCA All-American…Second Team Parade All-American as a senior…Third Team All-American by Street & Smith’s, twice…Also named to 2004 All-USA Basketball Third Team by USA Today…2004 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year…A 4A All-State honoree…Scored 2,009 points and hauled down 1,403 rebounds over her career at Cheltenham HS…Ranked in the top three among high school centers in the nation in 2004 and the 15th-best senior overall by the All-Star Girls Report… Ranked No. 14 among 2004 seniors by Blue Star Report.