Erin Perperoglou Announces Retirement from WNBA
Perperoglou averaged 5.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 218 career games, appearing in 26 playoff games over her eight seasons. She plans to retire to Greece with her husband, Stratos, who plays basketball for the reigning EuroLeague Champions Panathinaikos.
"We want to thank Erin for three wonderful years here in San Antonio," Silver Stars General Manager and head coach Dan Hughes said. "She was an integral part of three straight playoffs and was such a positive force within our team and in the San Antonio community. We wish her and Stratos much happiness as they begin their life together in Greece."
The 2006 WNBA Most Improved Player and a fan favorite, Perperoglou played for four WNBA franchises during her career (Minnesota, Charlotte, Sacramento and San Antonio). She helped the Sacramento Monarchs to the 2005 WNBA Championship, then enjoyed the best season of her career with 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in 2006. The following season she signed with San Antonio as a restricted free agent and averaged a career-best 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game before a torn ACL sidelined her for the second half of the season.
"I want to take the time to thank everyone in San Antonio for pouring out so much love to me these past three years," Perperoglou said. "I have always said, and believe, that playing in San Antonio, being a part of the Silver Stars under this coaching staff has been a privilege, and I couldn't think of a better group to end my career with. I also could not leave without extending a warm thank you to all our dear fans who faithfully have supported us all these years. You guys are amazing, and it was so much fun to play for you. Remember, the players feel your energy, so keep on cheering for those special Silver Stars. Each player eventually gets to the place when they know it's time for them to leave the court and move on with life, and I believe my time is now. I am thrilled about this next chapter of my life, moving to Europe with my new husband, and starting a great adventure. To my dear teammates, I love you guys and hope the best for you on and off the court, may God bless and keep you."