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CAREER CAPSULE
• Three-time WNBA All-Star
• San Antonio’s franchise leader with 246 career steals
• Signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Mercury on Feb. 24, 2011
• Signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Sparks prior to the 2008 season
• Eighth overall selection in the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Utah Starzz (now the San Antonio Silver Stars)

2010 WNBA SEASON
• Averaged 8.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game
• Ranked 15th in WNBA in free throw percentage (.839)
• Grabbed 750th career rebound July 30 at New York

2009 WNBA SEASON
• Averaged 5.4 points and 1.5 rebounds
• Played in 26 games with six starts
• Reached 2,500 career points

2008 WNBA SEASON
• First season with Los Angeles
• Started 25 of 33 games
• Averaged 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game

2007 WNBA SEASON
• Reached the 2,000-point plateau for her career
• Played all 34 games in her first season back with 12 starts
• Averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game
• Reached 2,000 career points and 500 rebounds

2006 WNBA SEASON
• Missed the entire season due to the birth of her son, Cedrick

2005 WNBA SEASON
• Western Conference All-Star
• Averaged 12.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game
• Ranked 13th in the WNBA in steals per game (1.5)

2004 WNBA SEASON
• Limited to just 17 games due to a dislocated elbow
• Averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game
• Reached 1,500 career points

2003 WNBA SEASON
• Western Conference All-Star
• Led the WNBA in free throws made (176) and free throw attempts (223)
• Ranked fourth in the WNBA in steals per game (1.7) and total steals (61)
• Averaged 13.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game
• Reached 1,000 career points

2002 WNBA SEASON
• Western Conference All-Star
• Scored a career-high 15.3 points per game (489 total points)
• Averaged 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 32 games

2001 WNBA SEASON
• Selected as the eighth pick in the WNBA draft by Utah
• Started 22 of 32 games in her rookie season
• Averaged 11.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game
• Ranked in the top five in the league among rookies in points, assists and steals
• Finished third in Rookie of the Year voting

COLLEGE CAREER
• 2001 Kodak All-American
• AP Second Team All-American
• Unanimous First Team All-SEC selection (2001)
• 2001 finalist for Naismith Award
• ESPN the Magazine Shooting Guard of the Year Award finalist (2001)
• Graduated as one of only three LSU players with 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals
• Honored as a Southeastern Conference “Great” and inducted into LSU Hall of Fame in 2007
• Career averages of 13.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game
• Led LSU to 2000 Elite Eight with team-highs in points, assists and steals
• Named to the 2000 East Regional all-tournament team

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL TEAM
• Helped lead the U.S. Women’s Select Team to a gold medal at the 2000 Jones Cup Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan
• Spent 2001-02 offseason playing for Lotos Clima in Poland
• Spent the 2002-03 and 2003-04 offseasons playing Russia
• Spent the 2004-05 offseason playing for Fenerbache in Turkey
• Spent the 2005-06 offseason playing in France


Personal

• Was named the 1997 high school Player of the Year in Florida with averages of 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.0 steals per game
• Speaks fluent Creole
• Enjoys eating crawfish
• Owns investment properties in Orlando, Fla.
• Recently opened her own business in her hometown, Miami, Fla., a bakery named “Sakap Fet” (Creole for “What’s Up?”)
• Her husband, Cedrick Harris, won three national titles as a centerfielder on LSU’s baseball team and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2000 MLB June Amateur Draft
• They have one son, Cedrick Michael Harris, Jr., who was born in 2006
• After her basketball career, she would like to become a successful entrepreneur and eventually own a WNBA franchise
• Created the Marie Ferdinand Basketball School of Excellence in 2010 to teach individual life skills on and off the court to youth
• As a member of the Mayor Fitness Council she was chosen as one of the leaders to help transform San Antonio into a healthier and more active community
• Has joined forces with the “N’Play Foundation” to help prevent childhood obesity and jumpstarted the “Marie Ferdinand Foundation” which educates on the importance of health and wellness

Career Transactions

Selected by the Starzz in the first round (8th overall) in the 2001 WNBA Draft

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