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2007 Made an appearance in 33 games, starting four, and averaged 5.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, in 17.9 mpg…Picked up her 1,200th rebound and sits currently eighth in the league in total steals with 419…Sam ranks eighth in the league for All-time minutes played and 12th in All-time minutes per game…2007 Playoffs Appeared in six playoff games, starting five, and averaged 8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.2 apg in 30.8 mpg…Her field goal percentage and three point field goal percentage were the highest playoff shooting percentage in her career.
2006 Sam started all 34 games for the Charlotte Sting, averaging 10.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.62 spg in 29.1 mpg…she concluded the season ranked 11th in the league in steals and her 55 steals tied the second most for one season in her career…at Minnesota, 7/27, she recorded her 3,000th career point, becoming just the 13th player in history to reach that milestone…she dished her 600th career assist vs. Washington, 6/15, and is currently 13th on the WNBA's all-time career assists chart…her 90 assists in 2006 were one short of her career-high…she grabbed her 1,000th career rebound against Chicago, 5/20, and recorded a career-high 172 rebounds on the season…she tallied a season-high 23 points and added eight rebounds vs. Seattle, 7/20…she notched 16 double-figure point performances, including three straight to end the season…she registered one double-double during the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. Houston, 8/8…she also led the Sting with a season-high seven assists in that game vs. the Comets.
2005 One of only two Sting players to see action in all 34 games, she averaged 11.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.29 spg in 31.6 mpg…she posted a double-double with a season-high 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. Detroit, 8/6…she scored in double figures 22 times and hit for 20 or more points four times…she ended the season scoring in double figures in nine consecutive games…she played a career-high 48 minutes vs. New York, 8/12…she recorded her 300th career steal at Detroit, 6/10, becoming the 11th person to reach that mark…she dished her 500th career assist at San Antonio, 6/2, to become the 18th woman to hit that mark.
2004 She won the WNBA Championship as a member of the Seattle Storm…she played in all 34 games for the Storm, starting 32 of them…a 68 percent foul shooter in her first five WNBA seasons, she led the team and finished 10th in the WNBA by shooting a career-high 85.5 percent from the line (65-76)…she averaged 9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.56 spg in 29.9 mpg…she was fourth on the team in scoring average and scored in double-figures in 14 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds two times…she scored a season-high 21 points in the season finale vs. Los Angeles, 9/18…2004 Playoffs Sam started all eight playoff games for the champion Storm, averaging 4.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 10.4 mpg.
2003 Sam came off the bench in her last six contests, ending a string of 119 consecutive starts that dated to June 2000 with Miami… for the season, she averaged 11.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.6 apg…she averaged 12.0 ppg and shot 7-13 from 3-pt range in her six games off the bench…she scored the 2,000th point of her WNBA career in the first half vs. Los Angeles, 8/14, becoming the 25th player in league history to reach that milestone…she recorded 20 games in double figure points along with two 20-point outings…she dished a career-high eight assists in a season-high 38 minutes vs. Seattle, 7/20…2003 Playoffs She played in all three of Minnesota's playoff games and averaged 8.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 2.7 apg…she hauled down a playoff career-high eight rebounds in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals series at Los Angeles.
2002 On her way to her first WNBA All-Star appearance, she led the Miami Sol in scoring (14.5 ppg), rebounding (4.8 rpg), steals (2.16 spg) and minutes (33.5 mpg)…ranked 15th in the league in scoring, she was fourth in the WNBA in steals…she recorded the team's only double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Indiana, 7/12…she set a career high and Miami record with 27 points (12-24 FGs) at Detroit, 6/28.
2001 She led Miami in scoring for the second consecutive season, averaging 13.9 ppg…she was second on the team in rebounds (96), steals (55) and assists (88)…she was named the WNBA's Player of the Week for the week ending July 22...she was the first Miami player ever to earn the honor…she surpassed the 1,000-point mark in her WNBA career vs. Charlotte, 7/18…2001 Playoffs She averaged 10.3 ppg in the three-game Eastern Conference semifinals series vs. New York…she scored 15 of her team-high 17 points in the second half as Miami rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to top New York, 53-50, in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden.
2000 Acquired off waivers from Orlando, 6/1, just hours before the Miami Sol's inaugural game of the 2000 season vs. the Indiana Fever…she did not play in that game vs. the Fever and that is the only game that she has not played in her WNBA career…she went on to lead the expansion Sol in scoring (12.8 ppg), field goals made (147), 3-pt field goals made (35) and minutes (904)…she also ranked second on the team in rebounding (4.3 rpg) and in steals (35)…she appeared in 31 games and started 27…she scored a season-high 26 points on 10-17 FGs at Charlotte, 7/5…she scored 23 points and hit 10-17 from the floor, while grabbing a season-high nine rebounds vs. Utah, 7/21…in a double-overtime win vs. Orlando, 8/9, she matched a season-high nine boards while logging 46 minutes…the Sol finished their inaugural season with a record of 13-19 and missed the playoffs by just one game.
1999 A starter in all 32 regular-season games for Orlando, she averaged 11.4 ppg and 4.6 rpg…she scored a season-high 22 points at Cleveland, 6/22…she recorded a double-double with 21 points and a career-high 10 rebounds at Utah, 6/21…she led the Miracle in scoring six times.
College At the 2002 SEC women's basketball tournament, she was honored as one of the greatest players in SEC history…she finished her career at Vanderbilt ranked third on the school’s all-time charts in field goal percentage (.546), sixth in rebounds (762), and seventh in points (1,537), scoring average (12.6 ppg), field goals made (625) and free throws made (263)…Vanderbilt compiled a 106-26 overall record during her college career, participating in four NCAA Tournaments and reaching the NCAA Final Four in 1993…as a senior, she was selected as a Kodak All-American and to the All-SEC First Team… she was named to the 1996 NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Regional Team…her teams won two SEC Tournament Titles and she earned MVP honors at the 1995 SEC Tournament after averaging 15 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 2.7 apg…she holds the school's single-game scoring record with 39 points...she majored in human and organizational development.
Honors & Awards
Her full name is Sheri Lynette Sam…her parents are Rose and Wilton Sam…the youngest of eight siblings, she has four sisters and three brothers…she lists her proudest moment as obtaining her degree from Vanderbilt and becoming the first member of her family to graduate from college…she likes to write poetry and play the bongos in her spare time…she shoots and plays basketball right-handed, but is predominantly left-handed...she lists her favorite author as Maya Angelou.
Selected by Orlando in the second round (20th overall) of the 1999 WNBA Draft…Signed by Miami on 6/1/2000…Selected by Minnesota with the second pick in the 2003 Dispersal Draft on 4/24/2003…Traded along with Janell Burse to Seattle in exchange for Amanda Lassiter and first round pick (sixth overall) in the 2004 WNBA Draft on 4/15/2004…Signed by Charlotte on 2/14/2005…Selected by Indiana in the WNBA Dispersal Draft on 1/8/2006…Signed by Detroit on 5/8/2008