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Background

2007 WNBA Season: Wrapped up her sixth season in a Lynx uniform by playing in 21 games, including each of the last 13…Shot 60 percent in limited duty…Stands second on the league's career chart for field goal percentage (.559)…Missed five of the first six games with a strained right hamstring…Pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds against San Antonio (8/19), adding a season-best six points…Hauled in the 1,000th rebound of her WNBA career at Connecticut (7/17)…She was the 33rd player in league history to reach that mark.

2006 WNBA Season: Started 30 of 31 games…Sat out the entire preseason after undergoing surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in her left knee on April. 25th…Led the Lynx in rebounding at 5.6 rebounds per game…Pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds against Houston (8/4)…Had a season-high 12 points and 12 rebounds Phoenix (6/18), her eighth career double-double.

2005 WNBA Season: Came off the bench in 25 of 34 outings after starting 98 of her first 99 games in her first three seasons…Averaged 5.8 points and five rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game…Shot 55.1 percent from the field…Grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds – one less than Svetlana Abrosimova’s single-game franchise record – at Seattle (8/18)…Scored her 1,000th career point against Phoenix (6/29), becoming the 83rd player in league history to reach that benchmark…Collected a season-high 12 points at San Antonio (7/26)…Swiped a season-high four steals at Connecticut (6/30).

2004 WNBA Season: Played in all 34 games…Averaged 7.5 points and six rebounds per game...Led the WNBA in field goal accuracy at 54 percent…Came off the bench for the first time in her WNBA career at Charlotte (9/11) after spraining her right elbow against Seattle (9/10)…Grabbed eight offensive rebounds at Connecticut (6/22), the second-best total in club history...Ranked 14th in the WNBA in rebounding and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.4 rpg)…Had a career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds against Phoenix (6/5), and netted 12 points and 11 rebounds against Houston (6/19)... Moved past Betty Lennox into third place on Minnesota’s all-time scoring list in the June 19th game with Houston, and also grabbed her 500th career rebound that night…The Lynx went 10-3 when she scored nine or more points.
In The Playoffs: Started both playoff games against Seattle...Finished the playoffs averaging a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game, and was second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game.

2003 WNBA Season: Started all 34 games and lead the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg)…Shattered the WNBA single-season record for field-goal accuracy (66.8%), a mark previously held by Portland’s Alisa Burras (62.9% in 2002)...The only player in the league in 2003 to top 50 percent shooting from the field… Handed out a career-high five assists against Detroit (8/23)…Tallied 14 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds at Seattle (8/8), her lone point/rebound double-double in 2003…Led Minnesota in rebounding 11 times…Also had 12 rebounds San Antonio (7/16) and Connecticut (7/10)…Ranked fourth in the WNBA in offensive boards with 92…Scored 15 points against Sacramento (7/8), going 7-for-7 from the floor in the first half…Led the Lynx with a season-high 16 points at Charlotte (6/20), and netted a team-high 15 points at Sacramento (6/12).
In The Playoffs: Started all three games against Los Angeles…Led the Lynx in rebounds in each game, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game...Averaged 16.7 points per game (on 60.7% shooting) in the series...Scored 16 points, including the game-winning basket off an inbound steal in the closing seconds, to lead the Lynx to a 74-72 victory in Game 1 on Aug. 28th at Target Center... Also registered a team-best five steals in Game 1...Led Minnesota with 17 in Game 3 on Sept. 1st at Los Angeles.

2002 WNBA Season: Appeared in 31 games, all starts...Averaged 10.1 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game…Her rebounding average was seventh in the WNBA...Finished second in the league in field goal percentage at (.561), making 124 of 221 attempts…Shot 61.3 percent (46-for-75) in the final 12 games...Ranked fourth among all WNBA rookies in scoring (10.1 ppg), was second in rebounding (7.4 rpg), was third in steals (1.42 per game) and was fourth in average minutes (33.3 per game)…Collected 19 points and 12 rebounds at Phoenix (6/2)...Her 10 offensive rebounds against the Mercury set a club single-game record…Tied a WNBA mark by grabbing eight offensive rebounds in the second half...Was second in the league in offensive rebounds (96), and broke the franchise single-season marks for offensive, defensive and total rebounds…Led the team in rebounding 21 times...Ranked second on the team in average minutes and steals...Picked up a career-high six steals June 15 at Houston.

College: Completed her four-year collegiate career with averages of 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game... Finished as UConn’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (.703), making 560 of 797 shots from the field...Holds the Huskies’ top four single-season marks for field goal percentage...Ranked 14th on UConn’s all-time scoring list with 1,402 points...Finished 10th all-time in rebounding (763)...Member of two NCAA championship teams (2000, 2002)... All-Big East Third Team selection three consecutive seasons (2002, 2001, 2000)...Associated Press All-America honorable mention as a senior... 2001-02 Naismith Player of the Year candidate...Hauled in a career-high 19 rebounds against North Carolina (11/15/02)... Established a UConn single-season field goal percentage record, making 132 of 174 attempts from the field (.759) as a junior... Named the 1999 Sporting News National Freshman of the Year, the ECAC Rookie of the Year, and the Big East Rookie of the Year...Scored a career-high 25 points and tied a season-best 12 rebounds against Miami (2/6,99).


Personal

The former Tamika Williams and Ben Raymond were married on April 7, 2007…Parents are George and Josephine Williams...Has two sisters, Tanzania and Tiffany, and a brother, Mike... Street & Smith, Naismith, USA Today and Parade National High School Player of the Year and First Team All-America in 1998...Ranked No. 1 in the nation by Blue Star Index among scholastic recruits...Majored in interpersonal communications...President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at UConn...Collects music from the ‘50s and ‘60s (Motown)... Enjoys shopping and making people laugh...Favorite moment on the court was winning the 2002 NCAA National Championship and watching her three fellow seniors enjoy the moment...Has a miniature schnauzer named Duke...A member of the Girl Scouts as a youth...Lists Black Like Me as her favorite book, and The Color Purple as her favorite movie...Spent the past five offseasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State, helping guide them to three consecutive Big Ten regular season championships (2006-08)...Is now an assistant coach at the University of Kansas.

Career Transactions

Drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the first round (6th overall) in the 2002 WNBA Draft… Re-signed by Minnesota on March 7, 2006…Acquired by the Sun in a trade for Kristen Rasmussen on March 14, 2008.

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