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Yelena Leuchanka

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Averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in four seasons in the WNBA
Played in the WNBA in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 while balancing commitments to the Belarus national team
Played one season for the Charlotte Sting (2006), one season for the Washington Mystics (2007) and is entering her third season with the Atlanta Dream (2010, 2012)

2012: Played in 19 games, starting five Averaged 3.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game ... Scored in double digits twice Came off the bench to total nine points and a season high eight boards vs. San Antonio June 8 ... Missed the season opener due to a mild concussion suff ered in practice on May 15 Missed the last 13 regular-season games and the playoffs with a right wrist sprain.

2010: Averaged 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game Appeared in 32 games Shot 47.6% from the field Recorded career-highs in almost every statistical category ... Appeared in all seven postseason games, averaging 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds.

2007: Appeared in six games for the Washington Mystics Averaged 0.7 points and 0.5 rebounds per game.

2006: Appeared in four games for the Charlotte Sting Averaged 3.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

College: Averaged 7.5 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting .565 from the floor in 42 career games at West Virginia Posted six double-doubles during her career with the Mountaineers Suffered two consecutive season-ending ACL injuries, the first in her right knee just one game into the 2003-04 season and the second in her left knee 10 games into the 2004-05 season Prior to attending West Virginia, attended Wabash Valley Junior College where she averaged 18.1 points and 12.8 rebounds and led her team to a 33-3 record Named a WBCA/Kodak All-American in the junior college ranks two consecutive years Began her college career at Seminole Junior College where she averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds.


First player from Belarus to play in the WNBA Daughter of Stepan Zasilezich and Ludmila Pavlovna Leuchanka Has one brother Majored in International Studies at West Virginia Led Belarus to its first Olympic appearance in 2008 Active within metro Atlanta non-profit Cool Girls Inc. as a mentor Originally from Chernobyl in Belarus and moved to the United States at age 17 to attend college.

Career Transactions

Signed by the Charlotte Sting on April 6, 2006 Selected by the Houston Comets in the 2006 WNBA dispersal draft Released by the Houston Comets on May 18, 2006 Signed by the Washington Mystics on June 6, 2007 Acquired by the Atlanta Dream from the Washington Mystics in the 2008 expansion draft (February 8) ... Atlanta Dream changed status to suspended on May 16, 2008 but maintained her rights Re-signed by the Dream on May 19, 2010 Re-signed by the Dream on February 9, 2012.