Silver Stars Re-Sign Center Ruth Riley
The Silver Stars acquired Riley in February 2007 by way of a trade with Detroit that sent Katie Feenstra to the Shock. A WNBA all-star, Riley owns a rare trifecta with an NCAA Championship (Notre Dame 2001), Olympic Gold Medal (Athens 2004) and two WNBA titles (Detroit 2003, 2006). In 2003, she earned MVP honors during the WNBA Finals after scoring 27 points against Los Angeles in the championship game.
“We are pleased to announce that Ruth Riley will remain a key member of the San Antonio Silver Stars,” said General Manager and Head Coach Dan Hughes. “Ruth brings so much both on and off the court with her leadership of the team.”
In nine WNBA seasons, Riley has averaged 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. Last season, Riley played in 31 games – including 17 starts – and tallied averages of 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 0.9 assists and 0.4 steals per game. Additionally in 2009, she surpassed 2,000 points, 1,200 rebounds, 7,000 minutes and 400 blocks.
“As I enter my 10th year in the WNBA, I am just as excited now as I was on the day I was drafted,” said Riley. “Without a doubt, this will be the most competitive season our league has seen, as our talent and game continues to improve with each passing year. I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to continue to be with teammates that I enjoy on and off the court, to play for a coaching staff that I respect and an organization that is committed not only to our team but also to the fans and community of San Antonio.”
Collegiately, the 6-foot-5-inch center was voted Most Outstanding Player at the 2001 NCAA Final Four after helping the Fighting Irish to their first national title. Additionally, she picked up the Naismith Award as the nation’s top basketball player that season.
Well known for her humanitarian efforts, Riley spent much of the past three off-seasons in South Africa where she worked with Nothing But Nets to distribute bed nets to children as part of the group’s malaria prevention campaign. She also spent time working basketball clinics for children and promoting health initiatives while in South Africa.
The Silver Stars open the 2009 season at home against Atlanta on May 15. Full and partial season ticket plans are on sale now. Visit www.sasilverstars.com or call (210) 444-5090 for more information.