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Renee Montgomery #21 Guard

Renee Montgomery

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2013 WNBA Season: Appeared in 23 games with 18 starts…Missed 11 games with high ankle sprain suffered at Chicago (5/31)…Led the Sun in assists (71)…Recorded 500th career assist against New York (8/25)…Made her 250th career three-pointer against Washington (9/6)…Had 11 multiple three-point games, including three games with four threes…Raised scoring average six points (3.7 to 9.7) in 14 games after returning from injury…Averaged 11 points per game in that stretch…Fourth on the team in scoring average (10.1 ppg)…Scored a season-high 18 points twice.

2012 WNBA Season: WNBA Sixth Woman Of The Year Award winner…Came off the bench in all 34 games…Ranked fourth in scoring, averaging 11.8 ppg…Ranked second on the team with 47 made threes…Led the Sun with 117 made free throws…Ranked second with 89 assists…Had a season-high 25 points against Phoenix (9/7)...Scored in double figures 23 times…Had a season-high seven assists against Atlanta (9/23)… Recorded her 400th career assist against Los Angeles (6/13)…Made 27 of 48 three-point attempts (56.2 percent) during a 10-game span from 8/21-9/14…Made a season-high four three-pointers against Tulsa (8/21)…Made two free throws in the final 14 seconds to clinch a win at Seattle (9/16)…Scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Sun rallied from 13 down to win at Chicago (7/13)…Hit two three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help seal a 77-70 win at Washington (9/4)…Made all seven free throws and scored nine points in the fourth quarter of another win at Chicago (8/28).
In The Playoffs: Played in all five postseason games for the Sun…Averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds…Had 13 points against Indiana on October 11th…Dished out a playoff career-best seven assists in win over Indiana on October 5th.

2011 WNBA Season: Continued to emerge as one of the top young point guards in the WNBA…Started all 34 games for the first time in her career…Earned her first WNBA All-Star selection…Led the team with a career-high 167 assists…Was second on the team in scoring average with a career-best 14.6 points per game…Led the team in three-pointers for the second straight season with 61, the fourth-highest total in franchise history…Led the Sun in assists 24 times…Led the team in scoring 10 times…Set new career highs for free throws, leading the Sun in makes (126) and attempts (152)…Tied a WNBA record by making six threes without a miss at Chicago (6/23)…Tied her own career-highs for made threes and points (33) in the same game…Also had five made threes and 28 points at Phoenix (8/7)…Had a career-high 10 assists against New York (7/19)…Had single-game career-highs for made free throws (11) and free throw attempts (12)…Tied her career-high with five steals at Indiana (6/25)…Recorded her second career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists at New York (7/19)…Ranked third in the WNBA in assist average (4.9)…Scored in double figures 28 times in 34 games with five games of at least 20 points…Had 27 games with at least one three, four with at least four threes.
In The Playoffs: Had 16 points and three assists in Game 1 against Atlanta (9/16)…Had 10 points and six assists in Game 2…Shot 8 of 17 from the field combined in the series.

2010 WNBA Season: Appeared in 34 games with 23 starts…Led the team with a career-high 138 assists…Second on the team with career-best 13.3 scoring average…Made a team-high 66 threes, third most in franchise history…Had career-best 33 points at Minnesota (8/3)…Tied a franchise record with 13 made field goals at Minnesota (8/3)…Established new single-game high for assists with 10 at Seattle (8/5)…Set new single-game highs in 11 different statistical categories...Reached double figures in 21 games…Averaged 16.8 points over the last six games of the season…Hit three-pointers in the closing seconds to force overtime twice, against New York (7/20) and at Minnesota (8/3)…Had six threes against New York (7/20), four in the last 3:58 of regulation.

2009 WNBA Season: Named to 2009 adidas All-Rookie Team…Averaged 9.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game as a rookie with Minnesota…Ranked fifth among all WNBA rookies in scoring average, fourth in assists per game and fifth in steals per game…Scored a career-high 24 points against Connecticut on August 7, 2009…Also had a career-best nine made field goals in that game.

Other Professional Experience: Played in Russia for Nadezhda Orenburg in 2012-13…Played for Tarsis Belediyesi of Turkey in 2011-12…Spent the 2010-11 offseason with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel, averaging 17.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 24 games…Played in Lithuania for TEO Vilnius during the 2009-10 offseason, averaging 17.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in eight EuroLeague games.

College: Led Connecticut to a 138-11 record in her four-year career that included two trips to the NCAA Women's Final Four, four NCAA Regionals, four BIG EAST regular season titles and three BIG EAST Tournament crowns...Registered 147 career starts, 139 of which were consecutive, the most by any player in UConn program history and the most nationally...Left Connecticut as the only player in program history to rank in the top-10 in points (1,977), assists (626), steals (266) and three-pointers (251)...Finished her four-year career at Connecticut third all-time in assists (626), fourth all-time in three-pointers made (251) and sixth on the alltime scoring list (1,977 points)...2009 Nancy Lieberman Award winner...Established career-highs her senior year in scoring (16.5 ppg), assists (5.1 apg), field-goal accuracy (.448 percent) and three-point accuracy (.381 percent)...Led Connecticut to a perfect 39-0 record, just the fifth perfect season in NCAA history...Senior year culminated in a National Championship...Inducted into the “Huskies of Honor’ on Feb. 15, 2009, becoming the first “active” player and the 11th player overall to receive the honor... Selected as an All-BIG EAST First Team choice for the third consecutive year...2008 State Farm First Team All-America....2008 Associated Press Third Team All-America choice...Recorded 400th career assist vs. St. John's on Feb. 23, 2008…Dropped a career-best 27 points while hitting seven 3-point field goals (tied for second-best single game effort in UConn history), while shooting 10-of-17 overall from the field in win over Cincinnati on January 19, 2008…Appeared and started in all 36 games as the Huskies' point guard as a sophomore...Tallied double-figure points in 29 games, including four 20-point plus scoring efforts that year ...Led the team with a 13.3 scoring average and 163 assists and tied for the team lead with 70 steals in her second year as a Husky...Named first team All-BIG EAST...Was a honorable mention Associated Press All-America... Her team-leading 479 points in 2006-07 ranks as the eighth-highest scoring total ever by a UConn sophomore...Her team-best 163 assists ranked as the second-best total posted by a UConn sophomore...Named 2006 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year...Tied the UConn freshman assist record with 123...Averaged 8.9 points, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals during freshman season...Started 35 of the Huskies 37 games at point guard...Named to BIG EAST All- Freshman Team.

Personal

Born Renee Danielle Montgomery on December 2, 1986...Parents are Ron and Bertlela Montgomery...Communications major…Spent part of the 2009-10 offseason working for ESPN as a color commentator during NCAA Women’s Basketball games…Led the USA U-20 National Team to a gold medal during the summer prior to the start of the season at the FIBA U-20 Championship for Women in Mexico City…Averaged 22.5 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals while leading South Charleston High School to the West Virginia Class AAA Final as a senior...guided South Charleston H.S. to three consecutive state championships from 2002-04...2005 McDonald’s All-America...2005 Gatorade West Virginia High School Player of the Year...2005 Street & Smith Third Team All-America...Associated Press West Virginia Player of the Year as a senior...2005 WBCA Honorable Mention All-America...three-time first-team all-state selection (2003-05)...three-time all-conference choice (2003-05)...averaged 20.7 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals as a junior...posted double-figure points in all four years of prep career...member of four straight 20-plus win teams...three-time selection to the West Virginia State All-Tournament Team...broke the West Virginia State Tournament single-game steals record with nine thefts in 2003...2004 Street & Smith Third Team All-America...2003 Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-America...was a captain each year of her high school career...also lettered in soccer.

Career Transactions

Acquired by the Sun on January 12, 2010 via trade from the Minnesota Lynx…Drafted fourth overall in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.