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2006 WNBA Season:
Missed 12 games with a sore Achilles tendon (7/8-8/6)…Streak of 248 straight regular season starts – the second longest in WNBA history – ended July 8th…Off to a fast start before the injury, averaging 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game through the first nine games of the season...Reached double figures in all of those game…Had back-to-back games of over 20 points against Washington (6/11) and Phoenix (6/16)…Grabbed the 1,000th rebound of her career at New York (6/7)…Returned to the lineup at Chicago (8/8). In The Playoffs: Led the team in assists (17) and steals (7) during postseason… Dished out a postseason career-high five assists vs. Washington on 8/20…Also had a postseason-high 10 rebounds and two blocked shots in Game 2 victory over Washington on 8/20…Scored 15 points in crucial Game 2 victory over Detroit in Eastern Conference Finals…Team leader in assists in three of five postseason games.

2005 WNBA Season:
Put together another MVP-caliber season…Made a career-high 49 three-point shots…Shot 42 percent from behind the arc…Led the team in scoring for the third straight season – fourth season overall – averaging 15.6 points per game…Scoring average was second best of her career, third best in franchise history…Named to sixth WNBA All Star game…Led the team in scoring 16 times…Had a season-high 11 made field goals at Los Angeles (6/20), including a franchise record tying eight made field goals in one half…Scored a season-high 26 points in that game…Finished sixth in the league in scoring, fifth in steals per game (1.79), fourth in total steals (61)…Reached double figures in 28 games. In The Playoffs: Averaged 14.4 points per game during the playoffs, third best among players who appeared in eight postseason games…Finished with 16 steals, the most in the playoffs…Reached double figures in six of the eight games…Was the high scorer in three of the games…Had 23 points with four made threes in Game 1 of WNBA Finals (9/14).

2004 WNBA Season:
Named to WNBA All Star team that played Team USA at Radio City Music Hall…Led the Sun in scoring (15.2 ppg), finishing seventh in the league in scoring average… Reached double figures in scoring 26 times, and was the leading scorer in 13 games…Set a new franchise record for steals in a season with 75, the most in the league this year…Tied her own franchise record for steals in a game (6) three times…Set a new career high for assists in a season…Surpassed 2,500 points, 800 rebounds and 400 assists in her career…Was third in the league in made field goals with a career-high 210…Ranked fourth in the WNBA in steals per 40 minutes (2.74)…Tied a career high with 10 rebounds against Detroit (6/25)…Had a career-high eight assists at Washington (7/30)…Led the team in assists nine times…Made a career high 12 field goals for a season-high 28 points at Charlotte (9/15)…Averaged 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.05 steals per game against Eastern Conference. In The Playoffs: Set WNBA Finals records for points in a game (32) and a half (21) vs. Seattle (10/10)…Led the Sun in scoring (14.3 ppg)…Set a WNBA playoff record with seven steals in a game and five steals in a half during the Eastern Conference Semifinals (9/27)…Established Sun playoff record for made field goals in a game with 14 (10/10) in the WNBA Finals…Matched a Sun playoff record in made 3-point field goals with four (10/10).

2003 WNBA Season:
Named to her fifth consecutive WNBA All-Star Team...Became the 21st player in WNBA history to score 2,000 career points during a victory over New York (7/6)… Established single-game career highs in nine different categories…Scored a career-high 31 points against the New York Liberty (8/12)… Averaged a career-high 16.1 points per game…Set single-season career highs for points (548) and assists (92)…Finished with second-highest rebound total (145) for a single season in her career…Hit the first three-point shot and first free throw in Sun history during season opener vs. Los Angles (5/24)…Scored in double figures in 29 of 34 games during the regular-season, including the first 11 games of the year…Scored 20 or more points 11 times, 15 or more points 19 times. In The Playoffs: Started all four postseason games, averaging 11.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists…Had five rebounds, four assists and four steals in Game 2 win at Charlotte (8/30)…Led the team with 22 points and five rebounds in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals vs. Detroit (9/5)… Established a Sun playoff record with 10 made free throws, hitting all 10 attempts vs. Shock (9/5).

2002 WNBA Season:
Named to her fourth consecutive WNBA All-Star Team...Became the first Miracle player to have 1,000-points, 500-rebounds, 250-assists in her career...Averaged 13.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.88 spg...Was the team’s second leading scorer (18th in WNBA)...Ranked fifth in the league in steals...Led the team in scoring 12 times...Scored in double figures 25 times and had 15 or more points 13 times...Pulled down a season-high eight rebounds vs. New York (8/13)...Tallied a game-high 25 points, pulled down six rebounds and swiped four steals at Washington (7/30)...Had a season-high 17 field goal attempts at Seattle (6/27)...Set a franchise record for points in a half with 25 and tied her career-high with 29 points vs. the Liberty (6/23)...Set career-highs with 10 free throws made and 11 free throws attempted vs. Detroit (5/30)...Played a career-high 46 minutes vs. Cleveland (6/8).

2001 WNBA Season:
Was named to her third consecutive WNBA All-Star Team…Led the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), steals (2.19 spg), and was the team’s second-leading rebounder (5.4 rpg)…Finished third in the WNBA in spg (2.19) and in total steals (70)…Averaged 13.5 ppg (T13th in WNBA)…Led the team in 20-point scoring games with seven and team-high scoring honors with six…Set a career-high in total offensive rebounds (57), total rebounds (172), steals (70) and defensive rebounds (115) for a season…Tied season-high for assists in a half by dishing out five assists in the first half against Miami (8/11/01)…Tied season-high and had a game0hgih 21 points, while pulling down a team-high nine rebounds at New York (8/10/01)…Grabbed five steals along with scoring 16 points and pulling down six rebounds against Phoenix (8/5/01)…Had a game-high 21 points, 16 coming in the first half, along with four steals and five rebounds versus the Fire (8/1/01)…Recorded third career and second season double-double scoring a team-high 15 points and tying her career-high in rebounds with 10 versus Minnesota (7/21/01)…Tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds (six on the defensive end-tying season-high) at Charlotte (7/20/01)…Logged her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds (eight on the offensive end) at Charlotte (7/12/01).

2000 WNBA Season:
Started all 32 games… Averaged 13.4 ppg (19th in WNBA)...Named to 2000 Eastern Conference All-Star Team...Shot a team-leading 39.5% (6th in WNBA) from three-point range...Had a team-leading nine games with 20 or more points...Scored a season-high 25 points, setting a franchise record with seven three-pointers...Set a career-high with seven assists vs. Detroit (7/19)...Notched the first double-double of her career with a game-high 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Charlotte (6/24). In The Playoffs: Averaged 11 points and three rebounds per game for Orlando during the 2000 WNBA Playoffs…Had 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting in Game 1 vs. Cleveland (8/11).

1999 WNBA Season:
Started all 32 regular season games...Named to the 1999 Eastern Conference All-Star Team...Was the team’s second-leading scorer (13.7 ppg), and averaged 4.2 rpg and 2.16 spg...Ranked 13th in scoring, 17th in free throw percentage (80.5) and fifth in steals in the WNBA...Posted a career-high 29 points in a win over the Los Angeles on 6/15.

Other Professional Experience:
Played for FIBA Euroleague’s Gambrinus BRNO in the Czech Republic during the 2005-06 offseason.

College:
Won the 1995 NCAA Championship…UConn’s all-time leading scorer with 2,178 points and all-time leader in steals (447)...Among UConn’s all-time top ten leaders in games played, points, scoring average, field goal percentage, three-pointer made and steals…Holds UConn’s record for steals in a season (143) …Set the single-game record for scoring with 46 points against Stanford (12/21/97) and field goals made with 18 against Stanford (12/21/97)…Was team captain her senior year… A ruptured Achilles tendon sidelined her for the last month of her collegiate career...Two-time Kodak All-American (1996-97, 1997-98)…Member of the Kodak All-District I Team three times (1998, 1997, 1996)…Also an AP first team All-American twice (1998, 1997)...Two-time US Basketball Writers Association All-American (1998, 1997)…Two-time member of the ECAC Division I All-Star First Team (1998, 1997)…Awarded the 1998 UConn Club Outstanding Senior Athlete award… As a senior, named Big East Player of the Year…Named to the All-Big East First Team twice (1998, 1997)…Two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year…Two-time Big East Academic All-Star (1998, 1996)… Named to the NCAA Regional All-tournament Team twice (1997, 1996)…Named 1997 Big East Championship Most Outstanding Player…Three-time member of the Big East Championship All-Tournament Team (1997, 1996, 1995)…Led the Huskies to a Final Four appearance in 1996...Was a 1996 Kodak All-America Honorable Mention…Was an AP Honorable Mention All-American in 1996…Named to the 1996 All-Big East Second Team…In 1994-95, named Big East Rookie of the Year and to the Big East Rookie Team, while also being the only first-year player to be named to the Big East All-Tournament team...Majored in business.


Personal

Full name is Nykesha Simone Sales... Orlando Miracle’s inaugural player...Nickname is “Cool Kesh”...Leading scorer of the gold medal-winning 1997 USA Basketball World University Games team, averaging 18.3 points... Was a member of the 1995 Jones Cup Team that won the bronze medal and the 1994 team that won gold…Participated in the 1993 US Olympic Sports Festival…Enjoys meeting people, traveling and shopping in her spare time...Says her pregame routine is a secret...Favorite basketball players are Tracy McGrady and Michael Jordan...Most memorable sports moment was winning the last possible game of the 1994-95 season, which was the NCAA Championship Game...Named 1993-94 USA Today High School National Player of the Year, averaging 36.2 points and 12.3 rebounds as a senior for Bloomfield (Conn.) High School.

Career Transactions

Signed by the WNBA and assigned to the Orlando Miracle on September 15, 1998. ...The Miracle franchise relocated as the Connecticut Sun prior to the 2003 season.

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