Michele Timms #7

Originally assigned to the Phoenix Mercury when the WNBA began in 1997, Michele Timms retired from professional basketball on August 14, 2001. Going out in style, Timms ended her playing career by sinking a 25-foot jumper with 7.5 seconds left to cap a 56-38 victory over the Houston Comets in the final game of the 2001 season.

�Timmsy� hung up her sneakers after 17 years of professional basketball, the last five coming as a member of the Mercury. The Aussie sensation made her mark on the WNBA and women�s basketball with her gutsy play, all-out hustle and electric personality. She guided the mercury to the 1997 Western Conference Title and 1998 WNBA Finals. She was named a WNBA All-Star during the 1999 season and received the Community Relations Hometown Hero Award for her work off the court in July 2001.

Over her five-year WNBA career, Timms averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She retired as the Mercury leader in career assists (551), assists per game (4.8), assists in a single season (158), career steals (188) and seals in a single season (71).

Timms professional career began in 1984 with the Bullen Boomers of the WNBL in her homeland of Australia. She became the first Aussie, male or female, to play pro ball abroad when she signed a contract with Lotus Munchen of Germany in 1989-90. Timms also competed for the Australian National Team, which won bronze in the 1996 Olympics and silver in the 2000 Olympics.

Timms returned to the Mercury as part of the broadcast team for the 2003 season, joining ESPN 860�s Kevin Ray for all Mercury radio broadcasts and stepped in for the assist with Tom Leander in all Mercury telecasts on AZTV. The WNBA All-Star served as a color analyst for all six locally televised games.

�Timmsy is an integral part of this organization and it�s very important that we keep her here,� said Mercury General Manager Seth Sulka. �After an illustrious career with the Mercury, we�re excited to have her remain with our organization and pursuer her career as a broadcaster.�

When Timms� No. 7 was hoisted to the America West Arena rafters on Aug. 7, 2002, it just the second time in WNBA history that a number has been retired.