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Merlakia Jones | 25
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2005
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 RPG
 APG
 EFF
Position:  G
Born:
Height: 5-9 /  1,75
Weight: 147  lbs. /  66,7  kg.
College : Florida
Career Highlights
  • Named first team All-WNBA in 2001 season
  • Jones scored her 1,500th point half during the Rockers win on July 25, 2001
  • Posted a career-high 26 points on 10-17 FG (career-high 10 FGM) and 6-7 FT vs. Los Angeles on June 22, 2001
  • Pulled-down her 500th career rebound on June 24, 2001 at Miami
  • On June 7, 2001 vs. the New York Liberty, Jones surpassed forward Eva Nemcova as the Rockers' all-time leading scorer, Jones is first on the Rockers all-time scoring list with 1628 points
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    BACKGROUND

    2003-04 Off-Season: Trained in Montgomery, Alabama.

    2003: Played in 34 games with Cleveland, 15 as a starter…Averaged 4.8 points, 1.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 19.7 minutes…Scored double-digits three times…Surpassed 600 defensive rebounds on 7/29 vs. Detroit Shock…On 7/10, played in her 200th career game and reached 5,500 minutes…Led the team in scoring twice.

    2003 Playoffs: Averaged 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.3 minutes in three-game series against Detroit.

    2002: Averaged 12.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.38 steals…Set all-time Rocker franchise records in games (184) and minutes played (5,166)…Scored nine points vs. Indiana (8/13), becoming Rockers all-time leading scorer…Ranked 12th in WNBA in minutes (34.2 mpg).

    2001 Season: Named first team All-WNBA…Played in 30 games (all starts) during the 2001 season, averaging a team-high 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 33.3 minutes per game...Pulled-down a career-high 9 defensive rebounds on August 4 at New York…Played in a career-high tying 40 minutes in the Rockers overtime win vs. the Miami Sol on July 25…Jones also scored her 1,500th point at the 13:49 minute of the second half during the Rockers win on July 25…Made 10-10 free throws (both career-highs) vs. Phoenix on July 13...Pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds (career-high 5 offensive) at Los Angeles on June 5...Posted a career-high 26 points on 10-17 FG (career-high 10 FGM) and 6-7 FT vs. Los Angeles on June 22...Pulled-down her 500th career rebound on June 24 at Miami... On June 7 vs. the New York Liberty, Jones surpassed forward Eva Nemcova as the Rockers' all-time leading scorer, Jones is first on the Rockers all-time scoring list with 1628 points…Named to third WNBA All Star game in 2001, in Orlando, Florida… Came off the bench with a team-high 12 points on 4-8 FG and 4-6 FT with 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

    2001 Playoffs: Averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds during the 2001 Playoffs...Scored a playoff-high 18 points on 8-13 FG and 3-3 FT on August 18 vs. Charlotte...Handed-out a playoff-high 7 assists at Charlotte on August 16.

    2000 Season: Scored a playoff career-high tying 18 points vs. New York in Game Two of the 2000 Playoffs and grabbed a Rocker playoff record 12 rebounds...In Game One at the Miracle, scored a playoff career-high tying 18 points with 6 rebounds...Averaged 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 34.5 minutes a game during the 2000 WNBA Playoffs…Averaged 11.0 points with 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest during the regular season...One of three players to start every game in 2000… At New York (8/8) scored a season-high 21 points on 9-15 FG (3-4 on threes) with 6 rebounds...Grabbed a season-high tying 8 rebounds vs. Detroit (7/28)...Against Miami (7/22), had season-highs of 8 rebounds (tied) and 3 steals...In her second consecutive All-Star appearance, had 6 points on 3-8 FG with 2 rebounds...Had 16 points, including the game-winning shot, vs. Orlando (7/12)...At Los Angeles (7/1), reached 1,000 points scored for her career...Against the Monarchs (6/19), dished out a career-high 6 assists...Started every game this season...Over her last 9 games, averaged 13.9 points on .524 (55-105) FG% with 5.1 rebounds... Tallied 21 double-digit scoring outings...Paced the team's offensive effort six times...Tallied team-high rebounds six times...Dished out team-high assists twice.

    1999 Season: 1999 WNBA All-Star as selected by the Eastern Conference coaches…One of only three Rockers to see action in all 32 games, while starting 8…Rockers second leading scorer with 10.8 ppg (28th in WNBA) and third leading rebounder with 3.8 rpg (40th in WNBA)…Led the team with 1.28 steals a game (19th in WNBA)…Ranked 25th in the WNBA with a field goal efficiency of .434 (141-of-325)…Ranked 26th in the league with a free throw mark of .769 (60-of-78)…Paced the team with 347 points, 41 rebounds and 141 field goals…Led the team in scoring a team-high 11 times…Grabbed team-high rebounds six times…Dished-out team-high assists three times…Scored in double-digits17 times and had three 20+ scoring outings…Recorded a career-high and franchise-high 27 points against Utah on July 24, connecting on 11-of-20 (3-of-5 on threes) and 2-of-2 from the line.

    1998 Season: Started for the Rockers in the first 21 games...Led or helped lead the Rockers in scoring twice...Recorded double-digit scoring performances in 18 games...Tallied her first double-double of her career with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in 25 minutes in Rockers overtime win over Houston (8/1)...Ranked 15th in the WNBA with a .464 (109-of-235) FG%…Was the Rockers most efficient shooter during the Playoffs, connecting on 45.8 percent of her shots (11-of-24)...1997 Season…Saw action in all 28 games, starting one…Rockers fifth leading scorer with 8.2 ppg… Played more minutes than any other Cleveland player off the bench…Led the team in scoring three times…Scored in double-digits 10 times.

    College: Named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press and Kodak Honorable Mention All-America in 1994-95…Averaged 18.9 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Gators that season…Was the all-time leading scorer in Florida history with 2,001 points…Finished sixth on Gators’ all-time list in rebounds with 830…Three-time All-SEC First Team selection, including unanimous nods as a junior and senior…Scored a career-high 44 points at Texas (1/25/95), the second-best performance in school history…Has a degree in public recreation.


    PERSONAL

  • Nickname "Lake" was coined by her mother
  • Likes working with children
  • Interned with the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Commission while in school
  • The oldest of four children, she has a brother, George III, and two sisters, Mya and Lotoia
  • When not playing basketball, enjoys softball and tennis
  • Sings gospel at Bryant Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery
  • Lists proudest moment as her college graduation
  • Long range goal is to open her own business, and start a program for the youth in her neighborhood
  • Full name is Merlakia Kenyatta Jones



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