Sky Hoops with House

February 9, 2012

Hey Sky Fans! Things are ramping up! How did you like the first part of free agency and our signings?! Surprised?

Tweet Pic Contest

Congratulations to our Identify my Tweet Pic winner! Last week I offered two of my seats for one of our home games at AllState. I tweeted out a picture from one of the arenas I was in.

Sarah J. of Evanston was the person to email me and won two of my game tickets for a Chicago Sky home game during the 2012 season! CONGRATULATIONS SARAH!

Sarah knew:
1. The name of the arena and/or the name of the university

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY and THE RAC (Rutgers Athletic Center)

2. At least 3 of the names of the potential WNBA draft picks playing in the game

Sarah knew three (3) picks:

: 1. Devereaux Peters – Notre Dame. Chicago’s own, from Fenwick High School!
2. Natalie Novosel – Notre Dame.
3. *Skylar Diggins – Notre Dame.

Skylar is a junior and is technically not eligible for the 2012 WNBA Draft at this time. But, I gave it to her because of the WNBA Draft eligibility process.

There has been some discussion about draft eligibility for several players this year.

I wanted to provide you draft eligibility clarification:

To be eligible for the WNBA Draft a player must meet any of three criteria:

(a) will be at least twenty­two (22) years old during the calendar year in which such Draft is held and she either has no remaining intercollegiate eligibility or renounces her remaining intercollegiate eligibility by written notice to the WNBA at least ten (10) days prior to such Draft;

(b) has graduated from a four­year college or university prior to such Draft, or “is to graduate” from such college or university within the three (3)­month period following such Draft and she either has no remaining intercollegiate eligibility or renounces her remaining intercollegiate eligibility by written notice to the WNBA at least ten (10) days prior to such Draft

(c) attended a four­ year college or university, her original class in such college or university has already been graduated or “is to graduate” within the three (3)­month period following such Draft, and she either has no remaining intercollegiate eligibility or renounces her remaining intercollegiate eligibility by written notice to the WNBA at least ten (10) days prior to such Draft.

So, technically, Skylar Diggins in NOT eligible right now because she has remaining collegiate eligibilty. But, she will turn 22 in August of 2012 (the calendar year of the WNBA Draft.) She could elect to “renounce her remaining collegiate eligibility” and make herself draft eligible. Because of that... and we with the Sky are very generous.... Sarah Wins!

Free Agency

“RRRR......UUUUUUU....TTTTT......HHHHHH!” Practice your Ruth call now, Ruth Riley is coming to Allstate for good!

I’m sure we surprised some of you and it’s very exciting to add a person and player of Ruth’s caliber to our Chicago Sky roster. Ruth brings so much to our team and the city of Chicago. She’s the 2011 Kim Perot Sportsmanship Award winner, a 2-time WNBA champion, an All-Star, the Finals MVP, a collegiate National Champion and Finals MVP, an Olympic Gold medalist, an 11-year veteran and a very civic-minded leader.

Ruth’s skill set complements our post game very well. As both a 4 and 5 she was San Antonio’s 3-point field goal percentage leader in 2011 (57.1%) and blocked shots per game (0.88). Ruth has the ability to stretch defenses, is a deft passer in high low situations and her length and versatility defensively will take some of the pressure off Sylvia inside. I really like the extra bonus of reuniting her with Swim and adding her to LeCoe and our existing roster.

Hey, Shay is back!

We also welcome back Shay Murphy! Shay did such a great job for us coming in late in 2011. You may not realize how difficult it is to join a team late in a season. Not only did she have to learn our offensive and defensive systems quickly, but she had to relocate and play games right away.

“Shay's energy and passion for the game will always net positive results,” said coach Chatman. “She has the ability to score in multiple ways, enjoys the defensive end of the floor and will get her fair share of rebounds. Although she was limited due to injury last season, her impact was duly noted and I'm looking forward to having her back in Chicago.”

Murphy was signed by the Sky on July 25th, midway through the 2011 season. Shay played great throughout the second half of the season appearing in 10 games for the Sky in 2011 averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, and finished the season with the third best scoring average on the team. In those 10 games, Murphy scored in double digits four times with a career high against the Indiana Fever on August 7th, where she scored 21 points, however, on August 23rd, against the Atlanta Dream, Murphy sprained her thumb causing her to miss the last seven games of the year.

Murphy began her tenure with the Sky when she signed a short-term contact on July 22, 2010 after being waived by the Indiana Fever on July 11. Shay played the final 11 games of the 2010 season averaging 5.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

The 5-year veteran was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round (15th overall) of the 2007 WNBA Draft and has played for Minnesota, Washington, Detroit, Indiana, and Chicago. Murphy has averaged 4.9 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, and 0.7 assists per game in her WNBA career.

Shay played her college ball for the University of Southern California from 2003-2007. She finished at USC as the school’s all-time leading 3-point scorer with 181 career 3-point field goals. Murphy finished in the top 10 in scoring, steals, and rebounds at USC and was named to the first team All-Pac-10 team in 2007.

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