Tully Bevilaqua Retirement Ceremony

The San Antonio Silver Stars celebrated the career of veteran guard Tully Bevilaqua on Sunday prior to the team’s game against Minnesota. A 14-year WNBA veteran, Bevilaqua announced she would retire following the 2012 season on July 3.
“It is with both sadness and excitement that I am officially announcing my retirement at the end of the 2012 WNBA season,” Bevilaqua said. “I have been honored to play in this league for 14 years but am excited to make my house a home and spend more time with my family. Thank you to the San Antonio Silver Stars organization for giving me the opportunity to play out my career in the Silver & Black and of course a big thank you to all my fans for all your support. Your chants will always be remembered … Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi.”

In the vein of honoring Bevilaqua, we take a look back at her career by the numbers…

3 – Led the WNBA in assist to turnover ratio in three different seasons, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

5 – Bevilaqua played for five different WNBA teams during her 14-year career … She spent a season with the Cleveland Rockers (1998), three with the now-defunct Portland Fire (2000-02), two with the Seattle Storm (2003-04), six with the Indiana Fever (2005-10) and a pair with the Silver Stars (2011-12).

6 – Named to the WNBA All-Defensive Team for six-consecutive seasons (2005-10), Bevilaqua has a reputation as one of the best defenders in the WNBA.

10 – Bevilaqua was one 10 players named to the Indiana Fever All-Decade Team in 2009, in celebration of the teams 10th Anniversary season.

41 – Bevilaqua’s number in Cleveland, Indiana and San Antonio … She started her own personal fitness and training business – called Gym 41 – in Indianapolis during the 2011-12 offseason … She will continue to run the facility following her retirement.

423 – Career games played in to date

854 – Career assists

572 – Career steals … Ranking seventh all-time in WNBA history

1,764 – Career points

2004 – Bevilaqua helped the Seattle Storm capture the 2004 WNBA Championship.

2007 – Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award winner – one of the WNBA’s most prestigious awards, presented annually to a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court – ethical behavior, fair play and integrity.

8,000 – Dollars to date, raised by Project 41 … Put together by a group of friends, family and fans in Tully’s honor, funds raised by Project 41 through the duration of the Silver Stars 2012 season will benefit the Humane Society of Indianapolis.