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Shanele Stires | 3
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 PPG .7
 RPG .70
 APG .1
 EFF+ 1.00
Position:  F
Born: 05/21/72
Height: 5-11 /  1,80
Weight: 208  lbs. / 94,3  kg.
College: Kansas State '95

Finished with 2.8 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 18 contests ... Drew five starting assignments ... Shot 37.7% (20-for-53) from the field ... Established career highs across the board with nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 35 minutes June 16 at Indiana, her 2001 debut ... Started the season on the Injured List (May 27) with a lower back strain ... Activated from the Injured List on June 13 after missing the first four regular-season contests ... Tallied nine points and five rebounds July 1 at Cleveland ... Logged a total of 22 minutes in her final 15 games, drawing nine DNP-CDs in that stretch ... Placed on the Injured List on Aug. 12 due to plantar fasciitis in her right foot, missing the final two games of the season ... During the offseason, played for CAB Levi's in Portugal ... Averaged 17.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg in two Ronchetti Cup 2002 games ... Returned to the United States in December due to plantar fasciitis in her right foot.

Saw action in 21 games ... Averaged 1.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg and 0.3 apg in 5.6 mpg ... Shot 44.8% (13-for-29) from the field and 50.0% (5-for-10) from three-point range ... Came off the bench to score nine points and added two steals in 15 minutes June 8 at Orlando ... Contributed seven points vs. New York on July 7 ... Scored eight points in a season-high 16 minutes July 23 vs. Portland ... Grabbed a season-high three rebounds July 29 at Washington ... Logged 44 minutes over the final nine games after totaling 33 minutes in the previous 12 contests ... Played for the Visby Ladies basketball team in Visby, Sweden in 1999-2000.

Played parts of three seasons with the Columbus Quest of the ABL (1996-97 through 1998-99) ... Averaged 2.1 ppg and 1.4 rpg during her three years with the Quest ... Won an ABL Championship as a member of the 1997-98 team.

Started 80 of 81 games in her three years at Kansas State ... Finished her KSU career ranked fifth in scoring (1,344 points), fifth in steals (170) and sixth in rebounding (701) ... Averaged 16.6 ppg and 8.7 rpg during her three-year collegiate career ... Earned an All-Big Eight First Team selection, was a Kodak All-America honorable mention and runner-up for the Big Eight MVP Award as a senior ... Named All-Big Eight Second Team in 1994 ... Led the Big Eight in rebounding (9.0 rpg) as a sophomore ... Played at Cloud County Community College her freshman year ... Received Region IV First Team honors.


  • Full name is Shanele Marie Stires
  • Daughter of Jim and Julie Stires
  • Her older brother, Steve, is the radio play-by-play voice for Notre Dame women's basketball
  • Served as the guest radio analyst for Notre Dame during the 2001 Women's Final Four and the Fighting Irish's 2001 NCAA Championship game
  • Her mother named her after the perfume Chanel No.5
  • Speaks Swedish
  • Lists her favorite sports moment as winning the ABL Championship
  • Favorite actors are Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington
  • Learned to play basketball on her own as a youth
  • Grew up idolizing Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and Danny Manning
  • A fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Reds and Notre Dame football
  • Her favorite food is pizza
  • Nickname is "Nellie"
  • Lists her father as the biggest influence in her life
  • Has worked in the Lynx front office in the community relations and ticket sales departments (2000-01 offseason).