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2005 WNBA Season
In first season with the Comets, averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 32 games played (1 start) … pulled down a season-high eight rebounds vs. Connecticut on June 10 … came off the bench on June 18 at San Antonio to record 17 points, one rebound, one assist, three steals and one blocked shot … the 17 points marked her highest point total in a game since she was a member of the New York Liberty in 2003 … scored four points with a season-high-tying eight rebounds in lone start of the season on August 5 at Phoenix.

As a Professional
Holds career averages of 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 205 WNBA games with the Orlando Miracle (32), New York Liberty (141) and Houston (32) … named the 2000 WNBA Most Improved Player … earned All-WNBA Second-Team honors in 2002 … a four-time WNBA All-Star (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) … has recorded 36 double-doubles in her career … tallied 1,500th career WNBA point vs. Washington on June 1, 2003 … grabbed 1,000th career WNBA rebound at Washington on August 9, 2003 … recorded 1,000th career point vs. Utah on August 8, 2001 … originally selected by Orlando in the first round (8th overall) of the 1999 WNBA Draft … selected by the Portland Fire in the third round (12th overall) of WNBA Expansion Draft on December 15, 1999 … traded by Portland to New York for Carolyn Jones-Young on May 28, 2000.

Had season cut short to just 13 games with New York due to a fractured right hand … averaged 6.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per game … recorded three double-digit scoring performances, including a season-high 13 points at Detroit on May 26 … pulled down a season-best nine rebounds at Minnesota on May 30 and at Phoenix on June 24 … matched career high in blocks with three at Indiana on June 19 … placed on the injured list on July 9.

Played in 33 games with the Liberty, including 32 starts … averaged 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds … led New York in total rebounds (280) and steals (56), while finishing second on the team in blocks (28) … recorded 14 double-digit rebounding efforts and 11 double-doubles … finished fifth in the WNBA in rebounding average (8.5), steals per game (1.70) and double-doubles (11) … recorded a career-best nine offensive rebounds on June 25 vs. Phoenix … made fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third straight as the starting center for the East … recorded 13 points and seven rebounds in the 2003 WNBA All-Star Game on July 12 at New York … posted a career-high 16 rebounds on July 26 at Houston, including a career-high-tying 12 defensive rebounds … matched career best for steals with five vs. San Antonio on August 5 … scored a season-high 20 points at Detroit on August 10 … dished out a career-high six assists on August 18 vs. Houston.

Led team in scoring eight times and in rebounding 25 times … Second Team All-WNBA … Had fourth double-double of year, 20 points and 10 rebounds, at Orlando on 8/13 … Posted a minimum of five rebounds in 28 of 32 games including 13 consecutive five or more rebounding performances … Tallied 1,000th career point as a Liberty player on June 9 at Detroit, finishing with 15 points and six rebounds … Grabbed season-high 12 boards at Washington on July 13 including first double-double of season, 13 points and 12 rebounds … Tied career-high with seven free-throws versus Seattle on July 2 … Posted five 20-point or more performances … Finished year leading team in four categories; points per game (14.1), field-goal percentage (.491), rebounding per game (6.8) and steals per game (1.8) … Ranked in Top 10 of WNBA in nine categories; 6th in total defensive rebounds (154) and in field-goals per 40 minutes (7.25), 7th in field-goal percentage (.491), defensive rebounds per game (4.8), total steals (58), steals per game (1.81), total rebounds (223), 8th in rebounds per game (7.0), and 9th in field-goals made (183) … ALL-STAR: Third consecutive 2002 WNBA All-Star appearance … Second straight Eastern Conference start … Finished with four points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes of action … Season Highs: Points – 23 vs. Phoenix on July 8; Rebounds – 12 at Washington on July 13; Assists – 4 at Portland on May 29; Steals – 4, twice (at Sacramento, June 13); Blocks – 2, five times (at Charlotte, August 4); FGM – 10, twice (vs. Washington, August 8); FGA – 20 at Utah on June 11; FTM – 8 at Orlando on August 13; FTA – 11 vs. Phoenix on July 8; Minutes – 38 at Sacramento on June 13 … In the Playoffs: Averaged 14.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg … Shot .495 (45/91) from the floor and .714 (25/35) from the free throw line … Tallied team-high nine steals … Made playoff career-high 11 field goals in game two versus Washington in Conference Finals … Grabbed 11 rebounds versus the Mystics in game three of the conference finals … Scored 20 or more points in three of the six games in the first two rounds … Season playoff-high 23 points in game two of Conference Finals … Registered a double-double in game three of Conference Finals, 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Authored perhaps her finest campaign as a pro, blossoming into dominant force on both ends of the floor…Started all 32 games, averaging 15.3 ppg (first on team), a team-high 8.0 rpg and shot a team-high .507 (208-410 FGA) over 32.8 mpg…Season Highs: Points: 27 vs. Charlotte, June 12; Assists: 4 at Phoenix, June 21; Rebounds: 14, twice…Established career highs in minutes (1,049), FG pct. (.507), total rebounds (257) and rebounds per game (8.0)…Finished sixth in the WNBA in points scored (489), seventh in scoring average (15.3 ppg), fourth in total rebounds (257), fifth in rebounds per game (8.0 rpg) and fifth in FG pct. (.507)…Had 11 double-figure rebound games…Recorded 10 double-doubles (had 11 over her first two WNBA seasons)…Led Liberty in scoring 16 times and rebounds 22 times…Notched seven 20+ scoring games (had six in her first two seasons in the WNBA)…Had 11 10+ rebound games…Nine games with at least four offensive boards (season-high 8 at Portland, July 24)…ALL-STAR STUFF: For the second straight year, Tari was selected to represent the Liberty on the Eastern Conference All-Star team (first time as a starter)…Pulled double-duty as she also starred singing the National Anthem…Scored nine points (4-8 FGA, 1-6 FTA) with nine rebounds in a losing effort to the Western squad, 82-90…Key factor in the Liberty’s first victory of the 2001 season over Indiana, June 2, with 21 points (9-14 FGA, 3-7 FTA) and 12 rebounds (both game-highs) in just 26 minutes of action…Poured in a season-high 27 points on .857 shooting from the field (12-14 FGA, 3-3 FTA) to go along with five rebounds and two blocks in win over Charlotte, June 12…Had three straight 20+ point performances from July 6-9 (21.3 ppg), including two double-doubles (11.0 rpg) over that span. Shot .563 from the field (27-48 FGA) in the three games. Also had eight steals (2.7 spg)…Recorded 1,000th career point on Aug 8 vs. Starzz. PLAYOFFS: Started all six games in the Playoffs, averaging a team-high 8.2 rpg with 11.3 ppg (third on team) on .419 shooting (26-62 FGA) over 33.7 mpg…Led Liberty in rebounds in four of the six games, with two double-figure rebound games and two double-doubles…On Final WNBA Playoff leader board, finished fourth in rebounds per game (8.2)…15 of her 49 total rebounds were on the offensive glass…Tied career Playoff rebounding high in Game Two of the Miami series, hauling in 15 boards…Scored a game-high 14 points (4-11 FGA, 6-8 FTA) with a team-high six rebounds over 35 minutes in Game One victory over Charlotte in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Established herself as one of the top players in the Eastern Conference after coming to New York in trade with Portland…Scored a Liberty franchise-high and career-high 30 points (13-19 shooting) and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds vs. Indiana June 30…Was named WNBA Player of the Week for the week ending July 2…Was the Liberty’s leading scorer and rebounder at 13.8 ppg. and 8.0 rpg…Also averaged 1.9 steals per contest…Shot .467 from the field (170-364 FGA) and 85-130 (.654 FT pct.) from the foul line over 31.5 mpg…Led the Liberty in scoring nine times and in rebounding 19 times…Played in every game after missing the season opener at Houston and started the final 30 games of the season…Named as a reserve to the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, July 17th…Scored 20+ points six times this season and recorded 11 double-doubles…Scored 10 points with nine rebounds over 27 minutes at the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game July 17 in Phoenix…Put together three straight double-doubles against Los Angeles, Phoenix and Indiana from June 25-30…Was named WNBA Player of the Week for the week ending July 2…Tallied her 10th double-double of the year with 15 points and 11 boards at Charlotte July 28…Scored 18 points (4-14 FGA, 7-8 FTA) and pulled down seven rebounds vs. Orlando, August 4…Notched her 11th double-double of the season with 14 points (8-15 FGA) and 11 rebounds vs. Cleveland, August 8, as New York secured the Eastern Conference regular season title…2000 WNBA PLAYOFFS: Led the team in scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.6) in the 2000 Playoffs…Was the only Liberty player to reach double figures in all seven playoff games…Scored 20 or more points on three occasions…Led all players with 24 points and 15 rebounds in Game 1 of the WNBA Championship…Averaged 22 ppg and 11 rpg in the Finals vs. Houston.

Played in all 32 regular season games for the Miracle...Averaged 4.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg…Logged a season-high eight points four times during the season…Scored in all but three games on the season.

Transferred to Central Florida in 1990 after spending three years at Georgia…Established new single-game records at Central Florida in points (45), rebounds (23) and field goals made (18)…In her senior season, led Central Florida in scoring (25.3 ppg), rebounding (12.4 rpg) and blocked shots (27)…While at Georgia, helped the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Regional Finals in 1987 and 1988…In her freshman season with Georgia, she averaged 4.1 ppg and 2.4 rpg while appearing in 31 of 32 games for the Bulldogs…In her sophomore season, she started 18 games, averaging 9.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg.


  • Tari L. Phillips
  • Performed the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden prior to the opening game of the 2000 WNBA Eastern Conference Semifinals on August 14 vs. Washington
  • Lists her parents as the people she most admires and Orlando as her favorite WNBA road city
  • Enjoys singing and chess.

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