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2005 WNBA REGULAR SEASON:
One of four Silver Stars players to see action in all 34 games, earning the start in 29 games…Averaged 9.6 ppg, a team-best 5.7 rpg, 1.0 apg and 25.9 mpg…Shot a career-best 51.7 percent (125-242) from the field…Led the team in scoring six times, in rebounding on 14 occasions, in blocks twice and in steals three times…Scored in double figures 16 times, including two 20-plus games…Posted a team-high three double-doubles…Became just the third player in WNBA history to play in 250 games when she took the court on 6/21 at New York…Grabbed her 1,500th career rebound at Phoenix on 6/15…Posted her third double-double of the season with 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at Sacramento on 7/14…Collected her 200th career steal at Minnesota on 8/9.

2004:
Started a career-high 33 games for Connecticut, averaging 9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 23.8 mpg…Named 2004 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year, sharing the award with Kelly Miller of the Indiana Fever…Led the Sun in rebounding 11 times and scoring twice…Scored in double figures 14 times and had 10-plus rebounds four times…Ranked second on the club in rebounding and fourth in scoring…Registered two double-doubles in the first five games of the season including a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds at Washington on 6/4…2004 PLAYOFFS: Started all eight games for the Sun, averaging 5.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 19.5 mpg…Tallied a postseason-high 16 points to go along with 7 rebounds vs. Seattle on 10/8 in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals…

2003:
Averaged 4.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 13.5 mpg in 32 games for the Sun…Finished second on the team in free throw percentage (.821)…Scored a season-high 20 points at New York on 8/16…Pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds at Detroit on 6/22…Missed two games after suffering a neck injury at San Antonio on 6/1…2003 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all four playoff games for the Sun, averaging 5.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 16.0 mpg…

2002: Started the season in Detroit before being traded to Orlando on 7/8/02…Appeared in a combined 32 games, all starts, and averaged 11.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 apg and 30.2 mpg…Scored her 2,000th career-point vs. Miami on 7/13…Finished the season leading the Miracle in rebounding seven times…Scored in double figures 11 times…

2001:
In 22 games (all as a starter), averaged 10.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 29.6 mpg…Led team in rebounding average (7.0 rpg), led team in defensive rebounds (116), tallied a team high three double-doubles, second on team in total rebounds (154), second on team in scoring average (10.6 ppg), third on team in games started (22), third in FG’s (91), fourth on team in games played (22), fourth on team in minutes (651), fourth on team in points (233), fourth on team in FGA (215), fourth on team in steals (23), fifth on team in field goal percentage (.423), fifth in 3PT field goal percentage (.333), fifth on team in FTA (59), fifth on team in PF (64)…Led team in rebounds 14 times, scoring three times and assists once…Scored 10-plus points 13 times, grabbed 10-plus rebounds three times, five-plus rebounds 18 times…11th in WNBA in rebounding average (7.0 rpg)…T33rd in league within mpg (29.6)…35th in league in scoring average (10.6 ppg)…Is 29 rebounds short of 1,000 (971)…Missed 10 games due to a left second degree hamstring strain on 6/17.

2000:
One of only three Shock players to play in all 32 games during 2000 season...Started 30 of 32 contests in first full season in a Shock uniform...Represented Shock at 2000 WNBA All-Star game in Phoenix as an Eastern Conference reserve...Became the fifth player in league history to grab 200 offensive rebounds (at Minnesota 6/5)...Established new Shock record with 14 made field goals at Seattle 6/28...Recorded five double-doubles…

1999:
Saw action in 31 games, starting 14...Registered five double-doubles, all as a member of the Shock...Recorded her first start in a Shock uniform and scored seven points--including her 1000th point of her career--versus Washington August 2...Traded to Detroit on July 29, along with forward Olympia Scott-Richardson, in exchange for forward Cindy Brown and guard Korie Hlede...

1998:
Finished 14th in WNBA with 13.5 ppg, the highest scoring average on the team...Finished 10th in WNBA in rebounding average, securing 6.6 rpg...

1997:
Named to the 1997 ALL-WNBA Second-Team...Ranked second in the WNBA in 1997 in rebounds (8.0 rpg) and fourth in scoring (15.8 ppg)...Led the 1997 Starzz in scoring, rebounding and steals.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
2003: Spent the offseason in Russia with Dynamo Moscow in the FIBA Europe Cup…1998-99: Spent the offseason playing in Turkey for Galatasaray…1997-98: Played part of the season in Hungary with Club DKSK…1996-97: Played for Oveido in Spain.

COLLEGE:
Jersey number was retired by Virginia in January 1998…Two-time Kodak All-American (1995, 1996)…Three-time All-ACC First Team selection (1994-96)…Two-time ACC Player of the Year (1995, 1996)…The first UVA women and only the second UVA player to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds (Ralph Simpson)…Finished with 1,918 points and a UVA-record 1,221 rebounds in her collegiate career…Led UVA to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1994 and the Elite 8 in 1995.


Personal

Started playing basketball when she was in fifth grade
  • Admires parents Melvin and Mary Palmer and Grandmothers
  • Has run a basketball camp with her parents
  • Father is a Baptist minister
  • Has one brother, Leroy, and one sister, Tracy
  • Member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority
  • In spare time, likes horseback riding
  • Began riding in high school
  • Won gold medal with the 1992 Jones Cup Team
  • Was a high school state champion in the high jump three years in a row
  • Was recruited to run track and play basketball at UVA
  • Would like to be a professor of African-American studies after her professional playing career is over
  • Spent 2000-01 and 1999-00 WNBA off-seasons as Shock community relations player for Metro Detroit and state of Michigan...Made over 200 community relations appearances and was the recipient of the Black Legends of Professional Basketball John Issacs Service Award and garnered nomination for USA WEEKEND magazine’s Most Caring Athlete Award for her extensive community efforts.

  • Career Transactions

    Selected by the Utah Starzz in the second round (ninth pick overall) of the 1997 WNBA Elite Draft...Traded to the Detroit Shock on 7/29/99...Traded along with a second-round pick in the 2003 WNBA Draft to the Orlando Miracle in exchange for Elaine Powell and a first-round pick on 7/8/02...The Miracle franchise relocated as the Connecticut Sun prior to the 2003 season. ...Signed by San Antonio, April 21, 2005. ...Signed by Seattle, February 24, 2006.

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