Sky Sign WNBA Champion Ruth Riley
Just one month after the Sky added two big names to their roster in Swin Cash and Le’Coe Willingham, Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman announced today that Olympic Gold Medalist Ruth Riley, a 6’5’’ center from the San Antonio Silver Stars, will be suiting up for Chicago this season.
"We are extremely excited to add a person and player of Ruth's caliber to our roster,” said Chatman. “She will bring so much to our team and the city of Chicago. Her ability to play the 5 and stretch the defense at the 4 compliments our post game very well."
Riley is a two-time WNBA Champion, most recently in 2006 and also back in 2003 with the Detroit Shock.
The signing reunites Riley, the 5th overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft, with forward Swin Cash, former teammates on the Shock. The duo led Detroit to the WNBA Championship in 2003, where Riley was named the WNBA Finals MVP.
"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to play for the Sky and move back to the Midwest where I will be closer to my family,” said Riley. “Chicago is a wonderful city, with deep history and undeniable passion for the game of basketball! I look forward to being reunited with Swin as we bring our championship experience from Detroit to help Chicago in their quest for the play-offs and a WNBA Championship! I have a lot of respect for Michael Alter and his commitment to not only bringing Chicago a WNBA team it can embrace and be proud of, but also for using the platform of sport to make a difference in the community!"
Riley has the experience and drive to get the Sky into the post season and beyond. In her 11-year WNBA career, Riley has led her team to the playoffs 10 times and averaged 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
Prior to being selected fifth overall by the Miami Sol in the 2001 WNBA Draft, Riley was a standout at University of Notre Dame, leading her team to the 2001 National Championship. Riley’s efforts earned her the 2001 Naismith Award as well as being named the 2001 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. In 2003, the Detroit Shock acquired Riley in the dispersal draft after the Sol folded. She was then traded in 2007 to San Antonio in exchange for center Katie Feenstra.