-- Three-year WNBA veteran signs replacement player contract --

SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Silver Stars have signed three-year WNBA veteran Chante Black to a replacement player contract, head coach and general manager Dan Hughes announced today. Black will replace center Jayne Appel who suffered a concussion during practice on July 13.

A 6-5 center, Black was originally selected by the Connecticut Sun in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft. She appeared in 33 games for the Sun as a rookie, ranking sixth in the WNBA in blocks per 40 minutes (2.52), 12th in offensive rebounds per 40 minutes (3.8) and 14th in total rebounds per 40 minutes (10.0).

Acquired by Tulsa in a 2010 Draft Day trade, Black averaged 5.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the field during her first season with the Shock. After missing the 2011 season due to a back injury, Black played in 29 games with Tulsa last season, averaging 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game.

Black is the second replacement player of the season for the Silver Stars, joining guard Julie Wojta. The duo replace a trio of injured players for the Silver Stars forward Sophia Young who is rehabbing from a right ACL tear suffered while playing in China during the 2012-13 offseason, guard Becky Hammon who suffered a broken middle finger during training camp and Appel.

San Antonio (2-4) hosts the Seattle Storm on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center. The contest is a The Beat 98.5 $1 Drink Night presented by Silver Eagle. Lower level seats for all Silver Stars home games are available now starting at $11. For more information about individual game tickets and season ticket plans, contact a Silver Stars representative at 210-444-5090 or visit