Sky Bring Dominique Canty Home

The Chicago Sky has signed free agent, 5’9” guard Dominique Canty, formerly of the Houston Comets. Canty, a Chicago native, graduated from Whitney Young High School where she was a 1995 Street & Smith All-American and a four-time All-State player. In 2004 she was inducted into the IHSA Girls Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Detroit Shock selected Canty 29th overall in the 1999 WNBA Draft. She had an outstanding rookie season, finishing second to current Los Angeles Sparks standout Chamique Holdsclaw as the 1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year. In 2000, Canty set a franchise record for steals in a season and co-led the Shock in assists.

Canty was traded to the Houston Comets in 2003. In 2005, she started a career high 32 games, and in 2006, she was on pace to have a career year, averaging 10.9 points, 2.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds before suffering a broken finger.

“Adding Dominique to our team is like adding three players,” said Sky Head Coach Bo Overton. “She’s a versatile player, with the ability to play point guard, shooting guard or small forward. She’s a great defender and a strong, physical player, and her experience in the league will be invaluable to our young team.”

Prior to entering the WNBA, Canty starred at the University of Alabama where she holds individual records for career points (2,294) and career free throws made (628), and tied the record for career field goals made (828). Canty was a Kodak All- American honorable mention in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and was a finalist for the Naismith Award in 1998 and 1999.

“I am so excited about the opportunity to come home and play in front of my friends and family,” said Canty. “I’ve been praying for a team in Chicago ever since the League started, and now I get to play for that team! I’m looking forward to being the veteran on a young, hard-working team, and I’m going to do my best to help the Sky win.”

During the 2001-2002 off-season, Canty was an assistant coach for the Chicago State University women’s basketball team. She is currently playing for Krakow, Poland’s FIBA team, Wisla Can-Pack.