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Tanisha Wright

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Started every game in 2009 and 2010 and earned WNBA All-Defensive First Team honors in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013
Four-Time WNBA All-Defensive Team
WNBA champion (2010)
Three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
Averaged a Big Ten-leading 19.3 points per game her senior year
First Team USBWA ALL-American (2005)
Started 192 of 301 games
Topped the 250 games-played plateau with the Storm July 1, 2012 at Connecticut
Reached 200 steals in her WNBA career vs. San Antonio on July 21, 2011
Shot 58.8% from the field in 2005
Played her 300th career game on Sept. 14 vs. Tulsa
Is the only player in the WNBA to have competed in 32 games for nine consecutive seasons for the same team (Seattle)

Named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team for the fourth time in her career
Scored her 2,000th career point June 14, 2013 vs. Atlanta
Recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists on Aug. 31 at Minnesota
Scored a season-high 22 points vs. Minnesota on Sept. 7, 2013 – three points shy of her career-high (25)
Scored double-digits a team-high 21 times
One of three Storm players to start all 34 regular season games (Tina Thompson, Camille Little)
Played her 300th career game on Sept. 14 vs. Tulsa

Dished out a season high six assists in a loss at San Antonio, June 9
Scored her 1,750th career point against San Antonio (6/9/12) on a lay-up late in the fourth quarter
On June 17, contributed to snapping Minnesota’s record setting 10-game win streak with eight assists and 12 points
Topped the 250 games played plateau with the Storm July 1 at Connecticut
Topped her season high of 20 points with 21 points in a defeat versus the Sparks August 1
Dished out a season high eight assists at home against Connecticut (9/16)
Led the team in assists on 16 occasions
No. 9 in the WNBA in apg (4.4) and second on the team in apg
2012 Averages: 7.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 29.8 mpg in 32 games played
2012 Playoff Averages: 11.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 37.0 mpg in 3 games played

Named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team
Reached 200 steals in her WNBA career vs. San Antonio on July 21
Broke out with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting at Washington, added 5 boards and 5-of-6 from the line
Scored a season-high 21 on July 9th vs. Los Angeles
Ranks fourth in the WNBA in free throw percentage (0.897)
One of four starters in double figures when she scored 18 vs. Connecticut, her ninth game in double digits

Averaged 9.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg and 29.1 mpg in 34 games
Named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team
Scored a season-high 20 points on July 14 at Phoenix
Recorded a career-high 12 assists, her second straight double-double, and her third straight double-figure assists game on June 29 vs. San Antonio
Hit the game-winning 3-pointer on July 17 at Minnesota
Collected her 500th career rebound on August 17 vs. Minnesota
Started in all 34 games played
2010 Playoffs: Averaged 9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg and 28.7 mpg in seven games

Named to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team
Led the team in scoring six times
Led the team in rebounds three times
Led the team in assists 11 times
Scored 20-plus points five times
Handed out five-plus assists 10 times
Started in all 33 games played
2009 Playoffs: Averaged 11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 spg and 32.7 mpg in 3 games against the Los Angeles Sparks

Appeared in all 34 games and was in the starting lineup 14 times
Averaged 7.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 apg and 23.8 mpg
Tallied 10-plus points 14 times
Scored 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting vs. Minnesota on 9/6
Led team in assists four times
Second on the team in assists per game (2.5) and total assists (84)
2008 Playoffs: Averaged 13.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg and 34.3 mpg in three games
Scored 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting vs. Los Angeles on 9/23

Averaged 4.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.0 apg and 16.1 mpg
One of four Storm players to appear in all 34 games
Posted career highs in scoring (4.1 ppg), assists (2.0 apg) and free-throw percentage (.846)
Started five games in place of the injured Sue Bird (7/6-17) and averaged 9.0 ppg and 4.8 apg as a starter and surpassed 20 points once
Led the team in scoring once and in assists four times
Recorded her 100th career assist vs. San Antonio on 6/2
Scored the 100th field goal of her career vs. Chicago on 6/26
Scored a career-high 23 points in a career-high 38 minutes at San Antonio

Averaged 3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.2 apg and 15.4 mpg in 33 games
Scored in double figures once and led the team in assists three times
Handed out a season-high four assists vs. San Antonio on 6/23, at Phoenix on 7/25 and at Minnesota on 8/1
Hit the first three-pointer of her WNBA career at Los Angeles on 6/28
Grabbed her 100th career rebound vs. Sacramento on 7/18
Scored a season-high 11 points vs. Sacramento on 7/18

Shot 58.8% from the field and averaged 7.8 points in August
Averaged 3.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.6 apg and 15.5 mpg in 34 games
One of just four Seattle players to appear in every game
Started eight games, averaging 6.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.0 apg in 27.8 mpg
Tallied at least five assists three times and led the Storm in assists four times
Scored a career-high 17 vs. Phoenix on 8/27
Reached the 100-point mark for her career at San Antonio on 8/23
2005 Playoffs: Averaged 3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.3 apg ,1.0 spg and 12.7 mpg in three games

Selected three times as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2003, 2004 and 2005)
Led the Big Ten in scoring with 19.3 points per game
Named a first-team USBWA All-American, an Associated Press third-team All-American and a Kodak All-American honorable mention selection
Won unprecedented back-to-back Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Awards
Also named First-Team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media
Recognized by the AP as Honorable Mention All-America
Tallied a season-high 24 points (10-of-17 from the field), six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block at Iowa
Tied a career high with 28 points vs. Virginia Tech


  • Majored in elementary education with a minor in sociology
  • Teamed with future WNBA players Kelly Mazzante and Jessica Brungo at Penn State
  • First Lady Lion ever selected in first round of WNBA Draft
  • Drives a 2002 Dodge Stratus named Ole’ Betty
  • Lists Napoleon Dynamite as her favorite movie to quote, her favorite line being “Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills…You know, like nun chuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills…”
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    Selected by the Seattle Storm in the first round (12th pick overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft, April 16, 2005.