Around The WNBA - 2/16/12
Storm Re-Signs Sue Bird and Tanisha Wright
The Storm selected Bird with the No. 1 pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft and Wright with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 Draft. The longest tenured starting backcourt in the WNBA, Bird and Wright have started 117 games together, the most of any Storm guards. (Bird and Betty Lennox started together 116 times.) They rank first (Bird, 1,780) and second (Wright, 627) on the Storm's all-time assist leaderboard.
Mystics Sign Michelle Snow
During her seven years with the Comets, Snow help lead Houston to four playoff appearances (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006). In 2003, after averaging 9.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, she was named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player. In addition, she made consecutive All-Star appearances in 2005 and 2006. Snow helped the Dream secure the first playoff berth in franchise history during her time in Atlanta and was a part of the Silver Stars’ playoff squad in 2010. Overall, she holds averages of 8.8 points, 6.2 and 1.0 blocks in 17 playoff games.
Silver Stars Sign Shameka Christon
A 6-2 forward originally selected by the New York Liberty in the first round (5th overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft, Christon has averaged 11.5 points per game with 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest in 207 career games ... The University of Arkansas alumna had the most productive season of her career in 2009, averaging 16.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Christon was selected to the 2009 WNBA All-Star Team, where she scored 12 points while adding three steals, three rebounds and dishing out four assists in 22 minutes of play.
Sparks Sign Four-Time All-Star Alana Beard
Beard, a 5’11” guard/forward, averaged 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game in six seasons with the Washington Mystics before missing the 2010 and 2011 campaigns with ankle and foot injuries, respectively. Prior to her injuries, Beard appeared in 193 of a possible 204 regular-season games dating back to her rookie campaign of 2004, starting 192. She earned WNBA All-Star Game selections from 2005-07 and again in 2009 – three times as a starter – and garnered 2006 Second Team All-WNBA honors.
Tamika Catchings Re-Signs With Fever
Catchings has completed 10 active seasons with the Fever and 11 years of service since being chosen with the club’s top pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft. After missing her first season due to injury, she was named the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2002 and has established virtually every season and career record in Fever history. Including her MVP campaign in 2011, she has been among top-five finishers in MVP balloting nine times. A four-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and a seven-time All-Star, she also owns the league record for career steals.
Sun Signs Veteran Mistie Mims
Mims – formerly Mistie Bass – is a 6-foot-3 forward who appeared in 120 games over five seasons with both the Houston Comets and Chicago Sky. Selected out of Duke with the 21st overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft, Mims is expected to be the complementary front-court role player Jessica Moore became during the 2011 season. Moore, now a free agent, recently had an arthroscopic procedure on her left knee and is in rehabilitation ... Mims did not play in the WNBA during the 2011 season, but she is currently averaging a league-high 19.7 points per game for Challes-Les-Eaux in the French League. Playing for the same team in 2010-11, Mims was the MVP among foreign players, averaging 19.1 points and 9.2 rebounds.
Atlanta Dream Signs Forward Cathrine Kraayeveld
Kraayeveld, a 6-3 forward, is a seven-year veteran in the WNBA. She spent her first five seasons in the league with the New York Liberty before being acquired by the Chicago Sky in a multi-team trade prior to the 2010 season. In her WNBA career, Kraayeveld is averaging 7.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 38.2% from beyond the arc.