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Shavonte Zellous #1 Guard
- Born: Aug 28, 1986
- Height: 5-10 / 1,78
- Weight: 155 lbs. / 70,3 kg.
- College: Pittsburgh
- Years Pro: 4
2012 Fever Player Bio Pages (pdf)
Beginning her third year in Indiana, Zellous 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).
PRO – WNBA
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 ppg for the Detroit Shock and was second in the league with 155 free throws made, behind Tamika Catchings…she started the season's first four games, averaging 7.5 ppg…she then scored in double figures in 23 of the last 30 games and averaged 12.5 ppg in those outings, all off the bench…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 scored 20+ points four times, including 20 points in the season finale at Chicago, 9/12…she made at least 10 free throws four times…in her first game off the bench, she scored 13 points against the Fever, 6/21, including a pair of 3-pointers…she averaged 2.0 apg for the season, but handed out nearly three-and-a-half assists a game over the season's final 10 games…she averaged 3.4 apg in that span with at least four assists on five occasions…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.
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
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.
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.
PersonalThe 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.