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2008: Appeared in 33 games (all starts) – 26 with the Washington Mystics and seven with the Detroit Shock…Averaged 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks in 33.2 minutes per game with the Mystics…Averaged 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 26.4 minutes per game with the Shock…Led the Shock in scoring once, rebounds four times and assists once…Posted 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in her first appearance in a Shock uniform vs. New York (8/29). 2008 Playoffs: Appeared in all nine Shock playoff games (all starts) en route to winning her first WNBA Championship…Averaged 12.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 blocks in 32.6 minutes per game…Averaged 13.7 points, second best on the team, and 5.3 rebounds in the WNBA Finals…Led the team in rebounds four times and assists three times…Scored her 400th career playoff point vs. Indiana (9/21)…Pulled down the 250th playoff rebound of her career vs. Indiana (9/23)…Team leader in blocked shots (5).

2007: Named to her 6th WNBA All-Star game…Played in 29 games this season for the Sparks…Averaged 29.3 minutes a game…averaged 11.1 points and 5.9 rebounds…shot 77.3% from the free throw line…shot 49.0% from the floor

2006: Had a career year in her eighth season…Set single-season franchise records for total rebounds (306), defensive rebounds (202), rebound average (9.6) and double-doubles (12)…Rebound average was No. 2 in the league…Rebound total was No. 3 in the league…Pulled down a franchise-record 17 rebounds at Phoenix (6/16)…Reached double figures in rebounding 16 times…Scored her 3,000th career point against Indiana (8/11)…ABL veteran with 1,176 points reached her 4,000th career point as a professional at Seattle (7/16)…Averaged 12.8 points per game…Twice named WNBA Player of the Week…Named to the WNBA All-Star team…Named to the 2006 All-WNBA Second Team…Played in 32 of 34 games…Had started in 108 straight games before missing two games to attend her daughter’s high school graduation in Italy.

2005: Made a case for league MVP with career numbers in a variety of categories…Set single-season record for rebounds (248) and defensive rebounds (170)…Led the Sun in rebounding 16 times…Averaged a single-season career best of 13.9 points per game…Scoring average was second best on the Sun, 10th best in the league…Averaged 7.3 rebounds per game, fourth best in the league…Became the 22nd player in league history to reach 2,500 career points at Indiana (8/6)…Made 49.5 percent of her shots from the field, seventh best in the league…Recorded eight double-doubles…Scored in double figures 28 times, a single-season career high…Reached double figures in rebounding nine times… Scored 25 points twice in the first three games of the season…Selected as the recipient of the 2005 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award…Named to the All-WNBA Second Team and the All-Defensive Second Team. Named the recipient of the WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award ... Averaged 13.9 points per game...Chosen All-WNBA Second Team...Selected All-Defensive Second Team. In The Playoffs: Extremely productive in the postseason, averaging a league-high 9.4 rebounds per game in the playoffs…Had franchise record 16 rebounds in Game 2 of WNBA Finals…Led the team in scoring average (15.9 ppg)…Led all players in WNBA Finals with 12.3 rebounds per game…Reached double figures in seven of eight games…Had two double-doubles in WNBA Finals...Finished with 11 blocks in the playoffs, averaging 1.38 per game.

2004: Team captain was Connecticut’s leading rebounder and second leading scorer…One of three Sun players to start every game…Has started all 68 regular-season games since team relocated to Connecticut…Scored in double figures 24 times, including seven of last eight games…Reached double figures in rebounding seven times…Had six double-doubles…Set franchise record with 11 rebounds in one half at Minnesota (7/14)…Averaged 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds against Eastern Conference teams…Scored six points in overtime to lead Sun to their first win over Detroit (6/25) in eight tries…Ranked in the top 10 in WNBA in 12 different categories, including fifth in offensive rebounds (83), sixth in defensive rebounds (161) and sixth in total rebounds (244)… Was the leading rebounder in eight games…Selected to play on a WNBA All Star team that faced United States Olympic team in a tune-up game at Radio City Music Hall. In The Playoffs: Led the Sun in rebounds with 59, and in steals with 13…Set team postseason record for offensive rebounds in a game with six against the New York Liberty (10/1) in the Eastern Conference Finals.

2003: One of three Sun players to start all 34 games…Set single-game career highs with 28 points and 14 free throw attempts against Detroit (6/22)…Matched career high for made free throws (10) against Shock (6/22)…Led the Sun in rebounds and blocked shots…Ranked 13th in rebound average in WNBA…Matched career high with five blocked shots vs. Sacramento (7/4)… Led team in rebounding in 21 games…Leading scorer in four games…Had three double-doubles…Scored in double figures 17 times…Won games at Washington (6/24) and vs. Sacramento (7/4) with last-second shots…Sent a game against Indiana (6/26) into overtime with a buzzer-beater. In The Playoffs: Averaged 16.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during 2003 WNBA Playoffs, including team-high 17 points and franchise postseason record 13 rebounds against Detroit (9/7)…Beat Charlotte (8/28) in the first game of the Eastern Conference semifinals with a last-second lay-up.

2002: Only appeared in 13 games due to pregnancy...Placed on the injured list on July 6...Started in Miracle record 102 consecutive games before her streak was snapped when she came off the bench at New York (6/18)... Scored a season-high 17 points (15 in the first half) at Detroit (6/21)...Prior to being placed on the injured list, led the team in rebounding five times.

2001: Named to her third consecutive WNBA All-Star team...The only Miracle player to start every single game (96) in her career…Finished 16th in the WNBA and second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and finished tied for eighth in rebounding (7.6 rpg-first on the team)...Averaged 12.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg and 1.6 bpg…Broke her career single season record for offensive rebounds ending with 114...Led the team in double-doubles (8) and double figure scoring games (27) and team-high rebounding games (20)…Notched her eighth season and 22nd career double-double with game-high honors in both points (15) and rebounds (12) at Detroit (7/29/01)...Recorded seventh season and 21st career double-double tying a season-high and pulling game-high 13 rebounds, eight in the first half, and chipping in 13 points while dishing out four assists and grabbing five steals against the Mystics (7/24/01)...Recorded sixth double-double of the season scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive setting a new Miracle franchise record and tied an individual WNBA season-high versus the Comets (7/18/01)...Set a new career-high in blocks (5) versus Detroit (7/8/01)…Notched her 1,000th point in the second half and recorded her third double-double of the year scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 boards at the Mercury (6/16/01).

2000: Led the team with 13.7 ppg and 7.6 rpg (6th in WNBA)... Shot 54.4% from the floor (4th in league)... Named to the 2000 Eastern Conference All-Star team as a starter...Recorded her team-leading fifth double-double with a season-high 23 points and 13 rebounds...Was 7-of-7 shooting from the field (tying a WNBA record) scoring 15 points at Washington (7/21)...At Cleveland (7/12), tied career-high with 10 made free throws...Hit the game-winning basket in win vs. Charlotte (6/24)...Set a team record with five steals in a half vs. Washington (5/31). In The Playoffs: Averaged 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in first-round loss to Cleveland Rockers…Had 10 rebounds against Rockers (8/11), eight in one half.

1999: Named to the 1999 Eastern Conference All-Star Team...Led the team in rebounding (7.5)...Had a team-high eight double-doubles... Ranked fifth in rebounds, third in three-point field goal percentage (44.4) and ninth in blocks (1.19) and steals (1.78)...Posted a career-high 24 points vs. Washington (8/5)...Set a career-high with 15 rebounds vs. Cleveland (8/12).

Other Professional Experience: Spent the 2005-06 offseason playing for the Shinhan Bank S-Birds in South Korea…Was a dominant center for Gambrinus JME Brno of the Czech Republic during the 2004 WNBA offseason,…Spent 2003 WNBA offseason in Italy with Lavezzini Parma of the FIBA EuroLeague…Has also played in Luxembourg, Germany, Spain, Greece and Israel…Drafted in 1996 (40th overall) by the Richmond-Philadelphia Rage of the American Basketball League, where she played three seasons…Led the ABL in blocks with 1.5 per game and ranked fifth in field goal percentage (.528)... Member of the 1997 All-ABL second team... Finished the 1996-97 season ranked first in the ABL in blocked shots (1.5), second in rebounds (8.5), third in field goal percentage (.540) and eighth in steals (2.1).

College: NAIA National Player of the Year in 1993…Selected to the 1993 Kodak NAIA All-America team…A member of the 1992 NAIA All-America second team…Two-time (1992 and 1993) NAIA All-Tournament Team member…Set records at St. Edwards for career scoring (1,837 points), most points scored for a single season (760), highest scoring average (24.5 ppg) and highest field goal percentage (.640)…Transferred to St. Edwards after one season at Georgia State (1989-90)…Has a degree in English writing and rhetoric.

Honors, Records & Awards:

  • WNBA Champion: 2008
  • WNBA All-Star: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Named WNBA Player of the Week twice in 2006
  • All-WNBA Second Team: 2005, 2006
  • Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: 2005
  • All-WNBA Defensive Team: 2005
  • U.S. Women’s Senior National Team: 2004

  • Personal

    Daughter of Stephanie Wiggins and Marvin McWilliams…Married to Sgt. Reginald Franklin, who she met while playing basketball in Italy…Has two biological and one adopted daughter – Michele (20), Schera (19) and Maia (six) … Greatest on-court moments were playing in the 2004 WNBA Finals and 1998 ABL Finals...Speaks Italian and Spanish…Most proud of being a parent and getting her degree in English Writing and Rhetoric…Sews own clothes and wants to start own clothing line…Writes poetry, short stories and is working on novella…Reads at least 10 books a month…Enjoys surfing offbeat websites for obscure information in case contacted to be on JEOPARDY!…Plays X-Box and Playstation2, but only plays games she can win at, like Scrabble, Wheel of Fortune and The Weakest Link…Loves professional wrestling (WWE and TNA) and finally fulfilled a life-long dream of attending Wrestlemania 22 in April 2005 in Chicago-still wants to meet Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker and Mick Foley…Dreams big.

    Career Transactions

    Selected by the Orlando Miracle in the third round (No. 32 overall) in the 1999 WNBA Draft on May 4, 1999… The Miracle franchise relocated to Connecticut and was renamed the Connecticut Sun prior to the 2003 season… Traded to the Los Angeles Sparks on February 21, 2007 in exchange for the draft rights of Erika DeSouza and the 12th pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft…Traded to the Washington Mystics on April 22, 2008 in exchange for DeLisha Milton-Jones… Traded to the Detroit Shock in exchange for Tasha Humphrey, Eshaya Murphy and a second-round draft pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft… Signed a one-year contract extension for the 2009 season on August 12, 2008.

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