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2006 WNBA Season:
Only Sun player to start every game…Dominant center broke her single-season franchise record for blocks (71 last year) with 85…That was her highest total since she had 100 in 2003…Led the league in blocks per game (2.5)…Became the first player in league history to surpass 800 career blocks at Chicago (8/8)...Scored her 3,000th career point at Detroit (8/13)…Collected her 1,500th career defensive rebound against Houston (6/27)…Had her 1,000th made field goal at Charlotte (6/1)…Had four double-doubles…Averaged 6.1 rebounds per game, second most on the team, and her best average since 2003…Named to the WNBA All-Star team for the second time in her career…Named to the 2006 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team…Finished 15th in the league in total rebounds. In The Playoffs: Averaged 11.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in five postseason games…Led the team in field goal shooting (45.8 percent, 22-of-48) and free throw shooting (84.6 percent, 11-of-13) during the postseason…Grabbed a career-high six offensive rebounds in Game 2 win over Washington, the most she has ever had in a postseason or regular season game…Scored a postseason-high 17 points in Game 2 victory over Detroit.

2005 WNBA Season:
Set a single-game franchise record four games into the season with nine blocked shots against her former San Antonio teammates (6/4)…Set a single-season franchise record for blocked shots (71)…Set a franchise record with 12 defensive rebounds against Indiana (7/26)…Tied Lisa Leslie for most blocks…Led the league in blocks per game (2.29)…Averaged 6.3 rebounds per game, second best on the Sun and 12th in the league… Had three double-doubles…Missed three games (8/11-8/18) while returning home to her native Poland to compete for the national team…Led the team in rebounding nine times…Became the only player in league history to record 700 blocked shots… Scored her 2,500th career point in victory over Seattle (6/7). In The Playoffs: Had 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in Game 2 victory over Indiana (9/10), helping to clinch Eastern Conference Championship…Averaged 5.25 rebounds and 4.5 points per game in the postseason…Finished with 13 blocked shots.

2004 WNBA Season:
Saw action in all 34 games with 24 starts…Ranked sixth in the WNBA in blocks per game (1.41)…Scored in double figures eight times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds four times…Led the team in blocks 18 times, rebounding 12 times, assists six times, steals five times and scoring three times…Had 15 points, six rebounds and a season-high 9 blocks off the bench vs. Minnesota on 5/26…Played her 200th WNBA game on 6/15 at Charlotte…Posted her first double-double of the season with 10 points and a season-high 11 rebounds at Phoenix on 6/26…Recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 4 assists at Los Angeles on 7/2… Pulled down her 1,500th career rebound at Sacramento on 9/2…Posted her 400th career assist by tying her career-high with seven assists at Indiana on 9/10.

2003:
One of three Silver Stars to start all 34 games, averaging 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.94 blocked shots in 27.2 minutes per game…shot .451 (156-346) from the field and .723 (94-130) from the free throw line…was named to the 2003 WNBA All-Star Team…won the WNBA blocked shots title for the sixth consecutive year averaging 2.94 blocks per game…finished the season tied for ninth in the league in rebounding (7.4 rpg)…ranked fifth in the league in defensive rebounds per game (6.1 rpg)…led the team in scoring seven times, rebounding 15 times, blocks 31 times, steals four times and assists three times…registered seven double-doubles…scored in double figures 21 times, including three 20-plus games, and pulled down 10 or more boards seven times…tallied her 2,000th WNBA career point with her first basket at Detroit on 7/1…registered her 600th WNBA career block with her first of three blocks at Phoenix on 8/22…recorded her first double-double of the season with 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-5 FT) and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes vs. Minnesota on 5/30…finished with her sixth double of the season recording 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and a season-high tying 7 blocks in 28 minutes vs. Houston on 8/1…tallied her seventh double of the season recording 11 points and a season-high 14 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks in 34 minutes at Houston on 8/2…recorded 22 points (9-11 FG, 4-6 FT), 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 30 minutes at Phoenix on 8/22…closed out the season by tying a career-high with 27 points (12-20 FG, 3-4 FT) while pulling down 9 rebounds, handing out 2 assists and blocking 5 shots in 34 minutes at Los Angeles on 8/23.

2002:
Appeared in 30 games, making 27 starts, averaging 13.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3.57 blocked shots in 29.2 minutes per game...shot .436 (139-319) from the field, .250 (2-8) from three-point range and .844 (114-135) from the line…ranked first in the WNBA in blocked shots (3.57 bpg), third in rebounds (8.7 rpg), fourth with 11 double-doubles and 12th in free throw percentage (84.4%)…led the league for the fifth consecutive year in blocked shots…registered 11 double-doubles and scored in double figures in 23 times…led the team in scoring five times and rebounding 15 times…scored 20 or more points three times…recorded her 500th block of WNBA career vs. Los Angeles on 8/9…recorded her 1,000th WNBA career rebound at Indiana on 7/10…recorded her 11th double-double tying a career-high with 27 points (9-16 FG, 9-11 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocked shots in 36 minutes at Sacramento on 8/1…played in her 150th WNBA career game vs. Phoenix on 7/26…tied a career-high with 16 rebounds to go along with 9 points and 3 assists in 30 minutes at Houston on 6/28…recorded her 1,500th WNBA career point at Seattle on 6/9...went 10-of-10 from the free throw line tying a franchise record for accuracy en route to 14 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes at Minnesota on 5/25...missed two games due to league suspension: 7/3 vs. Houston and 7/31 vs. Miami…started in all 5 playoff games, averaging 12.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.40 blocks in 34.2 minutes per game…finished with a playoff career-high 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots at Houston on 8/18.

2001:
Started all 32 games for the Starzz, averaging 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.53 blocked shots in 30.3 mpg while shooting .440 (128-291) from the field, .400 (6-15) from three-point range and .798 (87-109) from the foul line…ranked first in the league in blocked shots (3.53), eighth in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and eighth in double-doubles with seven…scored in double-figures 19 times including three 20-plus point games and led the team in scoring six times…recorded 19 games with three-plus blocked shots…recorded the first triple-double in Starzz history, the second in the WNBA, and at the same time established a new career-high and a WNBA record in blocked shots with 10 blocked shots, 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Orlando on 6/7…notched her 400th block of her WNBA career vs. Los Angeles on 8/10…tallied a season-high 24 points (9-15 FG, 6-8 FT) along with 11 rebounds at Miami on 6/27…grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds to go along with 10 points and 8 blocks at Sacramento on 7/14…played in her 100th WNBA game recording 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks at Charlotte on 6/14…averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks in 34.5 minutes during the playoffs…finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots vs. Sacramento on 8/17 in her playoff debut.

2000:
Started all 32 games, averaging 9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 24.2 mpg…shot .445 (105-236) from the field, .143 (2-14) from three-point range and .796 (82-103) from the foul line...led the league in shot blocking for the third consecutive season averaging 3.0 blocked shots per game…recorded two doubles while scoring in double figures 15 times…became the first player in WNBA history to record 200 blocks for her career when she blocked 7 shots vs. Minnesota on 6/1...became the first Starzz player in franchise history to record 1,000 points when she scored 13 points to go along with 8 rebounds at Phoenix on 7/19...recorded a season-high 19 points vs. Sacramento on 6/26…finished with 17 points (5-8 FG, 7-8 FT), 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks at Seattle on 7/1.

1999:
Appeared in all 32 games while starting in 28…averaged 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.50 blocked shots in 22.9 minutes per game…shot .498 (141-283) from the field, .350 (7-20) from beyond the arc and .857 (114-133) from the foul line…led the WNBA in blocks for second consecutive season with 2.41 bpg…ranked sixth in the league in free throw percentage (85.7%) and ninth in the WNBA in field goal percentage (49.8%)...recorded four doubles while scoring in double figures 20 times…scored a season-high 25 points (7-11 FG, 10-11 FT) to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 blocks vs. Sacramento on 7/31…finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high 7 assists vs. Detroit on 7/6…made 27 consecutive free throws before missing at Detroit on 7/21.

1998:
Started in all 30 games during her rookie season, averaging 12.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.60 blocks in 28.0 minute per game…shot .482 (146-303) from the field and .732 (93-127) from the charity stripe…ranked third in WNBA in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and seventh in field goal percentage (48.2%)...recorded eight double-doubles and scored in double figures 21 times…finished as runner-up in the balloting for WNBA Newcomer of the Year…set career-highs in both points with 27 (13-25 FG, 1-2 FT) and rebounds with 16 vs. Houston on 6/30…recorded 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocked shots at Detroit on 7/17.

Other Professional Experience: Played for Ros Casares Valencia in Spain (2006-07)…Played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia (2005-06)…Won the Polish Cup seven straight years (1998-2005) with Lotos Gdynia in Poland…Represented Poland in the 2003 European Championships for Women…Named MVP of the 2000-01 Polish League Finals…Named Poland’s Sports Woman of the Year in 2000…Named the best basketball player in Europe by the Italian sports magazine, La Gazetta dello Sport in 1999…Participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics with the Polish National Team and led all players in the 12 team tournament in scoring (21.5 ppg), rebounds (12.8 rpg) and blocked shots (3.5 bpg)…Played two seasons with Pool Getafe in Spain (1996-98)…Played for US Valenciennes Olympic in France (1995-96)…Won the Polish Cup twice with TS Olimpia (1992-94).


Personal

Personal: Full name is Malgorzata Dydek…Born in Warsaw, Poland…Daughter of Maria and Jan Dydek…Has two sisters, Kashka and Marta. Kashka played for the Colorado Xplosion of the ABL (1996-1998) and is currently an assistant coach for Poland’s Lotos Gydnia of the FIBA Euroleague. Marta played basketball for UTEP and currently plays in Madrid…Started playing basketball at age 12… Considers Magic Johnson to be her basketball role model…Speaks five languages Polish, French, Spanish, English and Russian… Made her first trip to the United States in May of 1998 for the WNBA pre-draft camp…Has a German shepherd named Paco…Appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 6/12/98.

Career Transactions

Selected by Utah in first round (first overall) of WNBA Draft, April 29, 1998. ...Traded by San Antonio to Connecticut for the draft rights to F Katie Feenstra and Connecticut first-round pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft, April 16, 2005.

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