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Shavonte Zellous

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Beginning her fifth year in Indiana, Zellous elevated her game during the 2012 playoffs, and again in 2013 when she was named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player…Zellous was, in fact, the league’s most improved scorer last season, raising her scoring average by 7.2 points per game, to 14.7…she posted a regular season career scoring high of 29 points against Phoenix, 6/8/13…she averaged 10.6 points in the 2012 playoffs, including a playoff career-high 30 points in Game 3 of the Finals and a last-second, buzzer-beating jumper in Game 2 of the conference semis…she had another game-winning bucket in 2012 with a last-second shot at Seattle…she was acquired in a May 27, 2010 trade with the Tulsa Shock…she is an athletic shooting guard with an uncanny ability to get to the free throw line…in her rookie season with Detroit in 2009, Zellous made 155 free throws, second in the WNBA to the Fever’s Tamika Catchings (158)…she eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier for her career (combining Shock & Fever) in the first game of 2013…by the end of 2013, she had become the eighth player to score 1,000 points in a Fever uniform.

PRO – WNBA
2013: Zellous started in 29 games for the Fever, missing four games due to injury and another for family reasons…the recipient of the WNBA’s Most Improved Player Award, she finished the season as the league’s most improved scorer, jumping 7.2 points from a 7.5 points per game average in 2012…she managed career-high averages in scoring (14.7 per game), FG% (.415), 3FG% (.348), rebounds (3.4), steals (0.98) and blocks (0.72)…Zellous scored in double figures in 23 of 26 games, opening the season with 15 straight double-double games…she missed final game of the regular season while attending grandfather’s funeral in Florida…she returned from a four-game absence to score a game-high 20 points vs. San Antonio, 8/21, despite just 2 points at halftime, finishing 7-of-13 from the floor and making all five free throw attempts…she was kept out of action against Atlanta, 8/10, and all three West Coast games, 8/14 to 8/17, for precautionary reasons due to plantar fasciitis…Zellous shot 6-of-10 from the floor and was 7-of-7 at the charity stripe to record 19 points at Tulsa, 7/25, matching career highs with seven rebounds and three steals, and fell one shy of her career-best for assists with five…”Z” posted one of the best games of her career against Phoenix, 6/8, amassing a regular-season career high with 29 points, making her first five shots from the floor, finishing 10-of-13 overall…she tied Tamika Catchings’ mark for most 3-point field goals in a game, finishing 6-of-7 from long range, with her only miss coming in the final seconds against Phoenix, 6/8.
2012: Zellous played in 31 games for the Fever and started in all 31…she missed the last three games of the season due to a concussion suffered at Minnesota, 9/17…she averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists…her 7.5-point average was her highest with Indiana…including a game-winning 3-pointer, she totaled 10 points, three rebounds and a career-high tying three steals at Seattle, 8/23…she posted a season-high 18 points at Chicago, 6/27…she reached double-digit scoring in 12 of 31 appearances.
2011: Zellous saw action in 33 games, starting two and averaging 5.5 points and 2.2 rebounds…she scored a season-high 21 points at Washington, 6/21…she had a career-tying high seven rebounds vs. Atlanta, 9/11…she scored 13 points, had five assists, and three rebounds vs. Los Angeles, 7/31.
2010: Zellous played four games with the Tulsa Shock before being traded to Indiana…with the Fever, she appeared in 27 games without a start…she logged 15.5 minutes per game with the Fever, averaging 5.9 points and 2.1 rebounds…her first game with the Fever came against the Shock, ironically, in Tulsa just one day after the trade occurred…in her next three games with the Fever, she netted 10, 23 and 10 points…her season scoring high was 23 against New York, 6/5, in a game that included 10 free throws out of 12 attempts…she scored 16 points against Tulsa, 7/8…she posted season highs of six rebounds and six assists at Connecticut, 8/15.
2009: A member of the WNBA's All-Rookie First Team, she averaged 11.9 points for the Detroit Shock and was second in the league with 155 free throws made, behind Tamika Catchings…she scored in double figures in 23 of the last 30 games…she scored a season-high 25 points vs. Atlanta, 6/26, and in that game set a franchise record with 17 free throws made...her 19 free throw attempts against the Dream tied for second most in a single game in Shock history…she scored 10+ points in 13 straight games from August 9 to September 9…she made at least 10 free throws four times…she had a season-best five assists three times, all of which came in the season's last 10 contests…she was fifth on the team with 27 steals, which was tops among Shock reserves and third-best among all WNBA rookies behind Angel McCoughtry and Briann January.

PLAYOFFS
2013: Zellous started all four playoff games for the Fever, averaging 12.8 points per game…she scored a team-high 20 points at Chicago, 9/20, finishing 7-of-11 from the floor and was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc…she shot 92 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line during the playoffs.
2012: One of the heroes of the Fever playoffs, Zellous played in all 10 games and started five…she averaged 10.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists…in Game 3 of the Finals vs. Minnesota, 10/19, she had a career-high 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line…she capped a last-second frenzy by hitting a game-winning jumper with 0.5 seconds left against Connecticut, 10/8, to force a final game in the Eastern Conference Finals.
2011: Zellous saw action in 5 of 6 Fever postseason games and started Game 3 of the East Finals…she averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game…she scored 13 points in 17 minutes at New York, 9/17.. 2010: Zellous averaged 4.0 points per game during a three-game conference semifinal series against the New York Liberty.
2009: Zellous helped spark Detroit to the Eastern Conference Finals with a playoff average of 15.6 points per game…her playoff high of 23 points came in Game 1 of the East Finals in Detroit where she hit 10-of-11 free throws.

PRO – OVERSEAS
2013-14: Zellous was the leading scorer for a Galatasaray team that became the first Turkish club ever to win the EuroLeague championship…Gala faced cross-town rival Fenerbahce in the Euro title game and also battled Fener in the Turkish Finals…Zellous averaged 13.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the Turkish League, and 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in EuroLeague.
2012-13: For the second year, Zellous teamed with Fever mate Erlana Larkins, helping Mersin to a remarkable 18-game win streak and No. 4 seed in the Turkish playoffs…Zellous led the league in scoring and finished the season with averages of 22.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game.
2011-12: Zellous finished fifth in the Turkish League with 18.7 points per game while playing with Mersin. She averaged 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists, and contributed high scoring games of 34 and 31 points.
2010-11: Zellous began the winter playing with TTT-Riga in Latvia, but after 10 games and elimination from EuroLeague competition, she signed with Electra Ramat in Israel…she averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists with TTT-Riga; and 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists with Eletra Ramat.
2009-10: Playing for Besiktas in Istanbul, Turkey, she averaged 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game in 21 Turkish League games…she tallied 20 or more points four times with a season-best 26 points against Mersin, 4/22…she recorded two double-doubles, including 19 points and a season-high 11 rebounds vs. Ceyhan Bid, 12/13…she notched 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. TED Kayseri, 1/31…she played in six EuroCup games for Besiktas, averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 points and 4.2 assists per game…she scored 20+ points twice, including 22 points vs. Chevakata, 12/3, and 21 points in the team's EuroCup opener vs. Chevakata, 11/12.

COLLEGE
An All-Big East First Team honoree in each of her last three seasons at Pittsburgh, she was named the Big East's Most Improved Player in 2007…she was selected to the NCAA Spokane Region All-Tournament Team in 2008…she averaged 22.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game as a senior in 2008-09, ranking first on the team and sixth in the nation in scoring…she scored her 2,000th career point against Notre Dame, 2/3/09, becoming just the third player in Pitt women’s history and just the fifth Pitt player ever to reach that milestone…she was also just the 13th player in Big East history to have scored 2,000 points.

Personal

The daughter of Tangela Allen, she has one younger brother…she graduated prior to her senior season at Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science degree in administration of justice and pursued a second degree while completing her eligibility.

Career Transactions

(1) Drafted by the Detroit Shock with the 11th overall pick, first round, in the 2009 WNBA Draft, 4/9/09. (2) Traded to Indiana in exchange for a 2011 second-round draft pick, 5/27/10.