Shyra Ely #43 Forward

Shyra Ely
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Named Indiana’s Miss Basketball in 2001, Shyra Ely returns for a second season in her hometown…she returned to Indianapolis in 2011 to resume her WNBA career following a ruptured right patellar tendon injury sustained in China during the 2009-10 winter…she sat out the 2010 WNBA season but played overseas in Turkey last winter…Ely is an athletic and versatile forward who can backup either Tamika Catchings or Katie Douglas…while in Chicago, she played for former Sky and now Fever assistant coach Stephanie White.

2011: In 33 appearances off the bench, Ely averaged 3.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game…she scored in double figures with a 10-point game vs. Connecticut,7/13…Ely scored seven points off the bench in only 3:34 of action vs. Washington, 9/7…she had a career-high seven defensive rebounds at Connecticut, 7/28.
2010: Ely missed the 2010 season due to injury.
2009: One of five Sky players to see action in all 34 games, Ely averaged a career-high 6.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game…she started nine games and scored at least eight points in seven of those, including five games in double figures…she made 23 3-pt field goals on the season…in a start against Phoenix, 8/18, she had her best game as a pro, scoring 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting overall, 3-of-4 beyond the arc and a free throw…she tied a career-high with eight rebounds at Detroit, 9/6…at Detroit, 9/6, she led the Sky in points (18), rebounds (8) and assists (3).
2008: Playing in all 34 games for the Seattle Storm, she averaged 3.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 11.4 minutes a game…she scored in double figures twice, including a then-career-high 16 points in the finale vs. Los Angeles, 9/16…she made two 3-pt FG in that game against the Sparks, her first with multiple 3-pt FG since having hit two against the Fever in August 2006…in her only other game in double figures, she had 10 points at Phoenix, 7/25.
2007: In 29 appearances, she averaged less than 10 minutes a game (9.7 mpg) and career-lows of 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game…in a stretch of four games in late June and early July, she averaged 7.5 ppg and shot 10-of-19 from the floor…in that span, she tallied a season-high 11 points vs. Chicago, 6/26, her only game in double figures that season.
2006: Including a start against the Fever, 5/23, she played in just 12 of 34 games, missing 18 with a fractured left foot…for the season, she averaged 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game…she tallied a season-high nine points in a season-high 20 minutes off the bench at Washington, 8/8, and claimed a season-best five rebounds in the finale vs. Phoenix, 8/12…playing in front of family and friends at Conseco Fieldhouse, she canned 2-of-3 3-pt FG for her six points in 17 minutes against the Fever…those were her only 3-pt FG of the season.
2005: Drafted by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the second round (14th pick overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft, she appeared in 31 games with 11 starts...she averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game…she ranked fifth among rookies in minutes per game with 16.5, sixth in scoring with 4.5 ppg and ninth in rebounding with 2.0 rpg…she was one of only four rookies in 2005 to rank among rookie leaders in scoring, rebounding and assists…she scored in double figures five times, including a high of 13 points at Phoenix, 8/19…she posted back-to-back double-digit scoring games with 11 points vs. Minnesota, 7/26, and 12 points vs. Washington, 7/28.

2011: Ely saw action in three of the Fever’s six post season games…she played a total of 13 minutes…she scored all seven of her playoff points in three minutes vs. Atlanta, 9/27.
2008: Ely played in two of Seattle's three games vs. Los Angeles. She had a pair of fouls in two total minutes.

2011-12: Ely played with Helios in the Swiss League where she averaged 19.2 points against Swiss competition and 21.9 in EuroCup action…she also averaged 8.0 rebounds per game against the Swiss and 7.7 in EuroCup. She left the team in March to return to Indianapolis, after ranking fifth in scoring and ninth in rebounding in the Swiss League.
2010-11: In January 2011, she signed with Tarsus in Turkey's TKBL, where she averaged 10.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 23.0 minutes per game in 15 appearances…after scoring 10+ points in just two of her first eight games, she tallied double digits in five straight games, includng a season-high 19 points in games vs. Alanya Beledeyesi, 2/20, and Burhaniye Beledeyesi, 3/5…before signing with Tarsus, she played 12 games for the Jiangsu Phoenix of the Chinese Basketball Association…in China, she averaged 15.8 points, 2.0 steals and 10.8 rebounds per game.
2009-10: She played 16 games for the Jiangsu Phoenix, averaging 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game before rupturing her right patellar tendon.
2008-09: She played 10 EuroCup games for K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol in Cyprus, where she averaged 14.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game…she scored in double figures in nine of those 10 games and scored 20+ points twice…she tallied a season-high 22 points vs. Gospic from Croatia, 11/5.
2007-08: A mid-season signee with AZS KK Jelena Gorin in Poland's PLKK, she averaged 19.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.
2006-07: In a total of 20 games split evenly between two different teams in Israel, she averaged 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game…after being released by Elizur Ramla in October 2006, she signed with Raanana Herzeliya.
2005-06: She began the season with Raanana Herzeliya in Israel before being released and signing with Woori Bank Hansae in South Korea's WKBL.

2004-05: An All-SEC First Team selection and the SEC Tournament MVP, she averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game as a senior at Tennessee…she was also named to the NCAA Tournament All-Regional Team…upon her completing her college career, her 1,673 career points ranked ninth on the Lady Vols all-time scoring list and her 940 career rebounds were sixth best in Tennessee history…she finished her career at Tennessee having played 139 games with 96 starts, tallying 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
2003-04: A Kodak All-American and an AP All-American Third Team selection, she was named to the All-SEC First Team after averaging a career-high 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
2002-03: She played in 36 games, including eight starts…while coming off the bench for most of the season, she averaged 9.8 ppg and a team best 6.6 rpg...she turned in 19 games of double-figure scoring to go along with four double-doubles...she was named to the 2003 NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament Team and was selected as a third team All-America by the Women's Basketball News Service.
2001-02: She played in 33 games, starting 22...she became a rare Lady Vol rookie starter as she tossed in 16 points vs. Chattanooga in her Orange and White debut...she tallied 16 games in double-figures and grabbed 10+ rebounds twice...for the season, she averaged 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds while logging 21 minutes per contest...she led UT in scoring six times and in rebounding 10 times...she earned a spot on the NCAA All-Midwest Regional team.


Ely was married October 21, 2011 to Richard Gash…having starred at Indianapolis's Ben Davis High School, she is the seventh native Hoosier to wear a Fever uniform, and the third to be from Indianapolis…her full name is Shyra Quontae Ely and she has three siblings, Cheryll, Shy-Quon II, and Shyron-Quonel …she has a degree in retail and consumer science and started her own fashion consulting company, “Styles by Ms. Ely”…in addition to being named Indiana’s Miss Basketball as a senior at Ben Davis, she was named the 2001 Naismith Prep Player of the Year and the USA Today National Player of the Year…she lists her favorite performer as Michael Jackson…she enjoys shopping, hanging out with her friends and eating in her spare time.

Career Transactions

Selected by San Antonio in the second round (14th overall) of the WNBA Draft, April 16, 2005 ... Signed with the Seattle Storm as a free agent on April 6, 2007 ... Signed as free agent by Chicago Sky on January 12, 2009.