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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:
2004 WNBA Season:
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: 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.
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.