San Antonio Acquires Ann Wauters, Morenike Atunrase In Draft Day Trade With Atlanta

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Silver Stars acquired center Ann Wauters, along with Texas A&M guard Morenike Atunrase and a 2009 second round pick from the Atlanta Dream immediately following the 2008 WNBA Draft today in exchange for forward Camille Little, guard Chioma Nnamaka and the Silver Stars 2009 first round draft pick, according to General Manager and Head Coach Dan Hughes.

The Silver Stars’ also selected Alex Anderson from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga with their third round pick (39th overall).

"We are so glad that Ann Wauters is back in the WNBA and playing in San Antonio," said Hughes. "The former all-star will be a real treat for WNBA fans across the country to see. Ann is a world-class post player that also will be a great fit for our existing team."

"Alex Anderson is another outstanding athlete that brings a strong skill package to her interior play. We are sorry to lose Camille but as in any trade to get value you have to give value. We so appreciated Camille contributions to San Antonio and wish her well in Atlanta."

Atlanta acquired the rights to Wauters from the New York Liberty in the 2008 WNBA Expansion Draft. She was originally drafted first overall in the 2000 WNBA Draft by the Cleveland Rockers. In five WNBA seasons with Cleveland and New York, she averaged 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, finishing 2005 with a career best 13.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. After playing year-round overseas and in the WNBA those five seasons, Ann decided to sit out the 2006 and 2007 WNBA seasons to giver her body a chance to rest and to try to help her Belgian National Team qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

Wauters currently is playing with Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon for CSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague, where she is averaging 17.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, ranking first in the league in field goal percentage (at 64.4 percent and first in double-doubles with seven. Considered one of the biggest basketball figures in Europe, Wauters has won four national titles (2001-04), three French Cups (2001, 2003, 2004), two French Federation tournament titles (2002-03) and two EuroLeague Women crowns (2002, 2004). In her first EuroLeague Women campaign in 2001, she finished as the top scorer with 20.9 points per game. She has twice been named the Best Foreign Player of the French League and finished fourth in the FIBA Europe Player of the Year award voting in 2005 and second in 2006.

Atunrase is a 5’10” guard from Texas A&M where she has averaged 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during her career. An honorable mention All-American in 2007, she also earned All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2006 and was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2005.

“Morenike Atunrase was the player we targeted to draft and so glad it worked out that she could be part of this trade,” said Hughes. “She had an outstanding career for Texas A&M and has been coached by one of the best in Gary Blair. Her great mobility will be an offensive asset and we are most excited about her defensive presence.”

Anderson’s San Antonio ties run deep as her father, Willie Anderson was selected 10th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1988 NBA Draft. He played for the Spurs until the 1994-95 season when he was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 expansion draft. His daughter, Alex, joins the Silver Stars as a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and tournament MVP. She led the Southern Conference in scoring and rebounding each of the last two seasons and is fifth all-time in scoring at UTC with 1,732 points. She became just the second player in Chattanooga women’s basketball history to grab over 1,000 rebounds and holds the school record for blocked shots with 221.

Anderson was selected the SoCon Player of the Month seven times in her career and earned 15 Player of the Week honors with six in each of the last two seasons. In her junior year, the Stone Mountain, Ga., native set the UTC Division I scoring record with 677 points. She drained a career-high 39 points on February 4 this season at the McKenzie Arena and had career-best 18 rebounds against both Alabama and Clemson last year in road contests.

The Silver Stars open the 2008 season at Sacramento May 17 before returning home to face the 2007 WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury at the AT&T Center May 20. For more information on Silver Stars single-game tickets, planned theme nights or one of the affordable full and partial season ticket plans, visit www.sasilverstars.com or call (210) 444.5090.

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