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Farris, Barbara (2000-2005)

The ABL's New England Blizzard made Farris, a Tulane University product, the third overall pick in the 1998 ABL Draft. After the league ceased operations, Farris signed with the WNBA and was allocated to the Shock as a free agent on May 1, 2000. She spent the next six seasons in Detroit, where she was a member of their 2003 championship team, before signing with the New York Liberty on February 27, 2006.

Farris Bio and Statistics

Feenstra, Katie (2007)

The Connecticut Sun selected Katie Feenstra out of Liberty University with the eighth overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft trading her that same day to the San Antonio Silver Stars, along with the team's first round pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft in exchange for Margo Dydek. She earned WNBA All-Rookie honors in 2005, and the Shock acquired her on February 22, 2007 in exchange for Ruth Riley. The Shock also received the right to switch first round picks with the Silvers Stars in the 2008 WNBA Draft. On February 6, 2008, the Atlanta Dream selected Feenstra in the 2008 WNBA Expansion Draft.

Feenstra Bio and Statistics

Final Roster Allocations, WNBA 1997
The fourth leg of the WNBA's 1997 roster stocking process consisted of the Final Roster Allocations which assigned two additional players to each of the original eight franchises. Future Shock players Rhonda Blades and Tara Williams were allocated to the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury respectively.

Finals, WNBA
The WNBA's championship series officially adopted the moniker WNBA Finals in the 2002 postseason. It was originally called the WNBA Championship. In 2005, the WNBA Finals moved from a best-two-out-of-three set up to its current best three-out-of-five format with the higher seed hosting games one, two and five.

The Shock have participated in three WNBA Finals, winning twice and losing once. The first win came in 2003 when they defeated the Los Angeles Sparks two games to one. The second came in 2006 when they defeated the Sacramento Monarchs three games to two. Their lone loss came in the 2007 title series as they fell to the Phoenix Mercury three games to two.

Florida International University
Florida International University, established in 1965, launched its women�s basketball program for the 1974-75 collegiate season. Initially a Division II school, the Golden Panthers have advanced to a total of nine NCAA Tournament appearances, three as a Diviision II school and six after their move to Division I in 1987. Gergana Branzova played for Florida International and the Detroit Shock.

Florida, University of
The University of Florida, established in 1853, launched its women�s basketball program for the 1975-76 collegiate season. Over the years, the Gators have made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances. Merlakia Jones played for Florida and the Detroit Shock.

Ford, Cheryl (2003-current)

A graduate of Louisiana Tech in 2003, Cheryl Ford was drafted by Detroit in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2003 WNBA Draft. Ford was named the league Rookie of the Year in 2003 and was named to the WNBA All-Star teams in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. She was named the All-Star Game MVP in 2007 after scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the East�s 103-99 win.�

She also earned All-WNBA Second Team honors in 2003 and 2006 and WNBA All-Defensive Second Team honors in 2006. Ford led the league in Rebounding in 2005 and 2006 and broke the league's single-season all-time rebounding record in the 2006 season. Ford was a key member of Detroit's 2003 and 2006 WNBA Championship teams.

In 2004, Ford teamed up with Chuncey Billups and John Salley to represent Detroit in the Shooting Stars competition at NBA All-Star. In the spring of 2008, Ford was nomiated for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award in the Favorite Female Athlete category. Other nominees were tennis stars Venus and Serena Willians and racecar driver Danica Patrick.

Ford Bio and Statistics

Sabrina Palie is the lone player from France to have played for the Shock.

Free Agent Allocation, WNBA
In the first few years of the WNBA, players who were not drafted signed with the league as free agents as opposed to signing with individual teams. After the WNBA Draft, teams would submit to the league a list of players that they wanted to bring into training camp. The league then assigned players to teams based on need. This practice was ended after the 2002 season when the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed and teams started signing players themselves to fit into a structured salary cap system. Through the Free Agent Allocation the Shock were assigned the following players:

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