Seattle Storm guard Tanisha Wright played multiple different roles during her career at Penn State. A starter for 126 of her 134 games, Wright won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year three times. During her first three seasons, she served in a supporting role to Nittany Lions star Kelly Mazzante, now a WNBA veteran. As a senior, she became Penn State's go-to scorer, averaging a Big Ten-leading 19.3 points per game. She was named a First Team USBWA All-American for her efforts. As a rookie, Wright stepped up her game when promoted to the starting lineup after Betty Lennox was injured. Wright shot 58.8% from the field and averaged 7.8 points in August 2005, developing into a key contributor. After spending two years playing primarily backup point guard, Wright emerged as a starter alongside Sue Bird during the second half of a breakout 2008 season. Since becoming a starter, Wright has twice been named to the WNBA All-Defensive Team.
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