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Shavonte Zellous

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Beginning her fourth year in Indiana, Zellous elevated her game during the 2012 playoffs, helping Indiana to the WNBA crown…she averaged 10.6 points in the playoffs, including a 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)…with 997 career points, she will eclipse the 1,000-point barrier with her first points of the 2013 season.

PRO – WNBA
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
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
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.