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Kedra Holland-Corn with the 2003 WNBA Championship trophy.
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Six-Year WNBA Veteran Helped Key Detroit’s 2003 Championship Run
Detroit Signs Former Shock Guard Kedra Holland-Corn

Auburn Hills, MI – Detroit Shock Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Bill Laimbeer announced today that the Shock has fired the first free agent salvo of the 2006 season signing former Shock guard Kedra Holland-Corn to a two-year contract. Per team policy financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“All of our players and coaching staff are excited that Kedra is coming back to what we consider to be her true home,” said Laimbeer, “especially considering how much she meant to our championship team in 2003. Combined with Deanna Nolan and Katie Smith, we believe that signing Kedra gives us the most formidable trio of guards in the league.”

The Shock originally acquired Holland-Corn from the Sacramento Monarchs on April 29, 2003 in exchange for Kara Lawson, whom Detroit selected in the 2003 WNBA Draft with the fifth overall pick. Holland-Corn played in all 34 regular-season games for the Shock during their championship season, and was one of Detroit’s primary long-distance threats connecting on 40.3 percent of her three-pointers on the season. She averaged 9.2 points, 1.9 assists and 1.7 rebounds on the year.

“I’m incredibly excited to be back in the WNBA and to be back with the Detroit Shock” said Holland-Corn. “I can’t wait to get back on the court with the ladies I won a championship with like Swin Cash, Ruth Riley, Deanna Nolan and Cheryl Ford, as well as with the players they have added since then like Katie Smith, Plenette Pierson and Kara Braxton. I also can’t wait to play in front of the fans in Detroit again. They were awesome during that championship season, and I’m looking forward to experiencing that atmosphere again.”

Holland-Corn’s most memorable performance with the Shock may have come in Game 2 of the 2003 WNBA Finals. Trailing by four points late in the game, after losing a 19-point lead, the 5-8 Holland-Corn drilled a three-pointer, her fourth of the game, to pull the Shock within one. Nolan made two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to give Detroit the win and knot the Finals up at one game apiece. Holland-Corn finished with a team-high 16 points on the night, 10 of which came after the half.

Following the 2003 championship season, the Shock traded Holland-Corn to the Houston Comets, along with its second round pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, in exchange for Houston’s first- and third-round picks (Nos. 11 and 32 overall) in 2004.

For WNBA her career, Holland-Corn has averaged 9.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.48 steals per game while connecting on 40.5 percent of her field goal attempts, 34.1 percent of her three pointers and 71.5 percent of her free throws.

The Detroit Shock open the 2006 WNBA Season at Indiana on May 20 at 7 p.m. The Shock home opener is scheduled for May 24 vs. the Minnesota Lynx at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets are available by calling (248) 377-0100 or by logging on to www.detroitshock.com

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