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• Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (2011)
• Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award (2010)
• WNBA All-Star (2005)
• WNBA Champion (2003, 2006)
• WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player (2003)

San Antonio Silver Stars
2011: Named co-winner of the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award along with Sue Bird … Started all 34 regular-season games … Averaged 5.6 points per game with 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 blocks … Ranked 11th in the WNBA in total blocks (30) and 13th in blocks per game (0.9) and blocks per 40 minutes (1.9) … Led the team in blocks per game and ranked second with 3.8 rebounds per contest … Notched five double-figure scoring games … Led San Antonio in blocks a team-best 15 times and in rebounding on three occasions … Led the team with two blocks while adding 12 points and four rebounds against Tulsa on June 4 … Notched three assists at Tulsa on June 10 … Recorded four blocks against Atlanta on June 11 … Posted her first steal of the season at Phoenix on June 17 … Scored her 600th point with San Antonio against Phoenix on June 21 … Led the team with nine rebounds against Los Angeles on June 24 … Notched two offensive boards at Atlanta on June 26 … Posted a season-high two steals and was one of five players in double-figures with 10 points at Chicago on June 28 … Played her 2,500th minute with the Silver Stars at Seattle on July 21 … Notched her 200th defensive rebound with San Antonio at Seattle on Aug. 2 … Dished out a season-best four assists at Connecticut on Aug. 11 … Ranked second on the team with eight points and six rebounds against Indiana on Aug. 16 … Notched a season-best 16 points on a career-best four made three-point field goals at Phoenix on Aug. 20 … Had a team-best two blocks against Minnesota on Aug. 28 … Led the team with three blocks and five rebounds versus Seattle on Sept. 3 … Playoffs: Started all three Western Conference semifinal games against Minnesota … Averaged 4.0 points per game with 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.33 blocks.

2010: Played in 20 games, starting two … Averaged 3.8 points per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the floor … Collected 45 rebounds while ranking second on the team with 13 blocked shots … Led the team in rebounding twice … Notched a season-best five field goals against New York on May 28 … Posted a season-best six total rebounds on three occasions … Blocked a season-best three shots at Atlanta on June 13 … Dished out a season-high four assists against Phoenix on Aug. 22 … Missed 12 games due to a broken finger … Playoffs: Played in both Western Conference semifinal games against Phoenix … Averaged 7.5 points per game with 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

2009: Played in 31 games, starting 17 … Averaged 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game … Ranked seventh in the WNBA with her 1.5 blocks per game average … Scored in double figures eight times and collected a double-double in the season opener in Phoenix on June 6 with 12 points and 13 rebounds (five offensive) … Scored a season-high 16 points and added five rebounds and season-highs in assists (4) and blocked shots (4) against Phoenix on June 23 … Scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in a home contest against Chicago on July 3 … Scored 10 of San Antonio’s record 106 points at home against Phoenix on Aug. 15 … Missed the last two games before the All-Star break with left Achilles tendonitis … Playoffs: Played in all three Western Conference semifinal games against Phoenix … Averaged 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

2008: Played in 30 games, making three starts… Averaged 5.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 assists per game … Tallied 41 blocks on the season … Started the season with five blocks and seven points at Sacramento on May 17 … Tallied 11 points and eight rebounds in the home opener against Phoenix May 20 … Recorded four blocks in back-to-back games on July 1 and July 3 against Detroit and Sacramento, respectively… Scored 14 points and added eight rebounds at Detroit on July 27… Playoffs: Played in all nine playoff games, making one start … Averaged 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game … Tallied eight blocks, including two against Sacramento on Sept. 20.

2007: Played in 30 games, starting 29 … Averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game … Had 10 games with double-figures scoring and scored a season-best 13 points at Seattle on June 2 … Recorded 59 blocks, including a career-best six vs. Houston on June 26… Recorded her 1,000th career rebound on July 3, 2007 at Washington, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds to go with four blocks in the contest … Playoffs: Started all five playoff games … Averaged 6.0 points per game with 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

Detroit Shock
2006: Led Detroit to the 2006 WNBA Championship … Averaged 4.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game … Led the team in scoring on three occasions and in rebounds on one occasions … Scored in double figures nine times … Shot 45.6 percent from the field … Ranked fifth in the WNBA with 1.44 blocks per game Recorded her third career double-double vs. Chicago on June 4 … Playoffs: Started all 10 playoff games on Detroit’s championship run … Averaged 4.4 points per game with 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

2005: Voted by fans as the starting center for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team … Finished the season tied for fifth in the WNBA in blocked shots (46) … Tied for the team lead in free throw percentage (48-of-60, .800) and blocked shots … Tied for second on the team in rebound average (4.7) … Notched 12 double figure scoring games … Handed out a season-high three assists on two occasions – at Washington on July 7 and vs. Connecticut on July 30 … Blocked a season-high four shots on three occasions – vs. Los Angeles on June 26, at Sacramento on July 24 and at Charlotte on Aug. 6 … Scored a season-high 20 points at San Antonio on Aug. 13 … Grabbed a season-high nine rebounds at Los Angeles on August 19 … Playoffs: Made all three of her 3-pointers in the two game series loss to Connecticut … Scored 10 points in the deciding second game … Grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in game one.

2004: Finished 15th in the WNBA in rebound average (5.9) and fifth in blocked shots (53) … Led Detroit in free throw percentage (71-of-87, .816) and blocked shots and was third in rebounds per game, field goals (153) and field goal attempts (343) … Scored 20 or more points on two occasions and 10 or more points on 18 occasions … Scored a career-high 26 points vs. Indiana on June 12 … Handed out a season-high five assists at Minnesota on July 3 … Blocked a season-high five shots vs. Seattle on July 10 … Picked up a season-high three steals on three occasions – at Charlotte on June 23, at Minnesota on July 3 and vs. Houston on July 6 … Grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in back-to-back games – at New York on July 24 and at Washington on July 28 … Playoffs: Averaged 9.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in Detroit’s 2-1 series loss to New York . . . Scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in game two.

2003: Led Detroit to the 2003 WNBA Title … Named MVP of the WNBA Finals … Finished 17th in the WNBA in rebound average (5.9), third in field goal percentage (115-of-231, .498) and fifth in blocked shots (58) … Led the team in blocked shots and field goal percentage and was second in rebound average and free throw percentage (97-of-127, .764) … Scored in double figures in 18 games … Handed out a season-high five assists on two occasions – at San Antonio on June 7 and vs. Phoenix on June 28 … Blocked a season-high four shots on two occasions at San Antonio on June 7 and at Indiana on July 16 … Scored a season-high 19 points at Washington on Aug. 6 … Grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds in back-to-back games – at Sacramento on August 15 and at Seattle on August 17 … Grabbed double-digit rebounds in three straight games – Aug. 15 to 22 … Playoffs: Averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and a team-high 3.33 blocked shots in Detroit’s 2-1 WNBA Finals win against Los Angeles … Scored 27 points in game three … Averaged 12.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and a team-high 2.50 blocked shots during Detroit’s eight playoff games.

Miami Sol
2002: Ranked fourth in the WNBA in blocked shots per game (1.59) … Led the team in blocked shots and ranked third in field goal percentage (60-of-129, .465) … Scored in double figures on six occasions … Blocked a season-high five shots on two occasions – at Charlotte on June 22 and at Detroit on July 20 … Picked up a season-high two steals on three occasions – versus Houston on June 18, at Cleveland on June 25 and against Indiana on June 30 … Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds on two occasions – vs. Washington on June 21 and at Indiana on July 12 … Scored a season-high 14 points at Utah on July 31 … Handed out a season-high four assists vs. Cleveland on Aug. 9.

2001: Ranked ninth in the WNBA in blocked shots (49) … Scored 10 or more points on five occasions … Blocked a season-high three shots on eight occasions … Scored a season-high 16 points against Portland on June 29 … Grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds at Orlando on July 10 … Recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Detroit on July 13 … Picked up a season-high three steals against Houston on July 12 … Handed out a season-high three assists on two occasions – July 22 at New York and Aug. 3 versus Phoenix … Playoffs: Averaged 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and a team-high 1.33 blocked shots in Miami’s 2-1 series loss to New York … Scored a team-high 12 points versus New York in game one.

WNBA Offseason:
2011-12: Played for Liaoning in Liaoning, China.

2010-11: Played for Sony Athinaikos in Byron, Greece ... Helped the team capture the 2011 Greek League championship and regular-season title … Selected to play in the Greek League All-Star Game … Earned Eurobasket.com Center of the Year honors … Named to the Eurobasket.com All-Greek League First Team and Eurobasket.com Greek League All-Imports Team … Played in 23 domestic league games, averaging 9.5 points per game with 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest ... Ranked second in the Greek League in free throw percentage (90.9), third in field goal percentage (62.7) and fifth in blocks per game ... Averaged 8.6 points per game with 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.7 blocks through 10 EuroCup contests.

2009-10: Played for Sony Athinaikos in Byron, Greece … Helped the team win the FIBA EuroCup Championship, bringing the first ever European title in women’s basketball to Greece … Notched 20 points on 6-of-11 made field goals and 8-of-9 made free throws in addition to posting 16 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal in the two game finals … Averaged 11.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 blocks and 26.9 minutes per game in seven games played for Athinaikos … Named FIBA Player of the Week twice, including one time during the semifinals.

2008-09: Played for Spain's Rivas Ecopolis ... Joined the team in December replacing the injured Catherine Joens ... Played in 16 games ... Averaged 6.7 points per game with 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 blocks.

2007-08: Played for Latvia's TTT Riga ... Helped the team capture the Latvian LSBL championship while finishing as the regular-season runner-up … Guided the team to the BWBL semifinals and Baltic League semifinals … Named to the Eurobasket.com All-BWBL second team … Garnered Eurobasket.com BWBL All-Imports Team honors … Named All-Latvian LSBL Center of the Year by Eurobasket.com … Earned Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LSBL first team and All-Imports team honors … Averaged 10.8 points per game with 8.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.4 blocks through five Baltic League games ... Averaged 10.8 points per game with 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.6 blocks through eight LSBL games ... Averaged 10.8 points per game with 8.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 blocks in five BWBL games.

2006-07: Played for Poland's Lotos Gdynia ... Helped the team capture the Polish Cup and finish as Polish PLKK regular season runner-up … Averaged 10.5 points per game with 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 55 percent from the floor.

2006: Played for the NWBL's Colorado Chill … Guided the team to the NWBL Championship title … Garnered NWBL Finals Most Valuable Player honors … Named to the NWBL All-Tournament team.

2005-06: Played for Spain's Yaya Maria Breogan Lugo until December ... Averaged 10.9 points per game with 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks through 13 games.

2005: Played for the NWBL's Colorado Chill … Earned NWBL All-Star recognition.

2004-05: Played for South Korea's Samsung Life Bichumi beginning in January … Helped the team reach the WKBL Finals.

2004: Played for the NWBL's Colorado Chill through December ... Named to the NWBL All-Star team … Helped lead the team to a NWBL Finals appearance.

USA Basketball:
• Olympic Gold Medal (2004)
2004: Helped Team USA capture the silver medal at the World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

2002: Invited to practice with the US Women’s Senior National Team in preparation for the Basketball World Championship.

2004: Selected to the USA Women’s Senior National Team for the Olympic Games … Helped Team USA compile an undefeated record to capture the gold medal.

Notre Dame:
• NCAA Championship (2001)
• NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2001)
• Naismith Award (2001)
• Associated Press Player of the Year (2001)
• Sports Illustrated Player of the Year (2001)
• Women’s Basketball Journal Player of the Year (2001)
• Women’s Basketball Journal Defensive Player of the Year (2001)
• Verizon Academic All-America Team (2001)
• Verizon Women’s Basketball Academic All-American of the Year (2001)
• NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award (2001)
• Associated Press All-America First Team (2001, 2000)
• BIG EAST Player of the Year (2001)
• BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year (2001, 2000, 1999)
• BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2001)
• All-BIG EAST First Team (2001, 2000, 1999)
• GTE Women’s Basketball Academic All-America First Team (2000)
• USBWA Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2000)
• USBWA All-America Team (2000)
• Kodak Honorable Mention All-America Team (2000)
• Associated Press All-America Third Team (1999)
• Kodak District I All-America Team (1999)
•Women’s Basketball Journal Defensive All-America Team (1999)
• Women’s Basketball Journal All-America Fourth Team (1999)
•BIG EAST All-Rookie Team (1998)

Senior (2000-01): Naismith Award winner … Led Notre Dame to its first national championship with 28 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks in a 68-66 win against Purdue … Garnered NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors … Earned Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and the Women’s Basketball Journal … Named to the NCAA Today’s Top VIII and Verizon Women’s Basketball Academic All-American of the Year … Selected to the Verizon Academic All-America Team … Consensus Associated Press First Team All-America selection … BIG EAST Player of the Year … Averaged 18.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game ... Led the nation in field goal percentage (.628) … Finished her collegiate career with 2,072 points and 1,007 rebounds … Established school records in career blocks (370) and field goal percentage (63.2).

Junior (1999-2000): First Notre Dame women’s basketball player to earn Associated Press First Team All-America honors and GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition … Named to the All-BIG EAST First Team … Earned NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team honors … Ranked fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (61.5) and blocks per game (2.7) … Led the team in scoring (16.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.3 per game) during her junior season ... Scored a season-high 36 points, converting 18-of-23 free throws against Miami on Feb. 22, 2000.

Sophomore (1998-99): Earned Associated Press All-American Third Team honors … BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year … Unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection ... Led the nation in field goal percentage (68.3) … Led the team with 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game ... Scored a career-high and school record 41 points on Jan. 30, 1999 against Providence.

Freshman (1997-98): Earned BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honors ... Played in all 32 games, starting the final 26 … Averaged 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game ... Led Notre Dame in scoring during their three NCAA Tournament games, averaging 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

North Miami High School: Earned USA Today Honorable Mention All-America as a senior … Two-time all-state honoree … Three-time all-conference and conference MVP selection … Earned all-sectional honors following her junior and senior seasons … Averaged 26.0 points per game with 14.7 rebounds and 5.2 blocks as a senior … Set school single-season records in scoring (546 points) and rebounding (308 rebounds) during her senior season, leading the team to a 20-1 record and a 7-0 conference record … Finished her high school career with 1,372 points, 1,011 rebounds and 427 blocks … Led the team to two-straight conference championship titles … Played AAU basketball for Lady Legit … Also lettered in volleyball and track … Had her high school jersey retired in January 2000.

Personal

Ruth Ellen Riley … Born on Aug. 28, 1979 in Ransom, Kan. ... Hails from Macy, Ind. ... Daughter of Sharon Riley … Has one older sister, Rachel Cattin, and one younger brother, Jacob Riley … Graduated from Notre Dame in May 2001 with degrees in psychology and sociology.

Career Transactions

Traded to the San Antonio in exchange for Katie Feenstra on February 22, 2007 ... Selected by the Detroit Shock with the first overall pick in the 2003 WNBA Dispersal Draft … Originally selected by the Miami Sol in the first round (5th overall) of the 2001 WNBA Draft.