Auburn Hills, MI
� May 9, 2005 � Detroit Shock Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Bill Laimbeer announced today that the Shock has signed three-time WNBA All-Star and unrestricted free agent Andrea Stinson to a contract. Per team policy, details of the contract were not disclosed.
�Andrea Stinson has been one of the WNBA�s premier players since the league�s inaugural season, and she�ll bring another perimeter scoring threat and add some veteran depth to our team,� said Laimbeer. �She�s one of the most exciting open court players in the league, and as much as we plan on pushing the ball and increasing the tempo of the game this season, I expect her to fit in well with the Shock.�
Stinson is one of 11 players in the league still remaining from the WNBA�s inaugural season, and is the third leading scorer in the history of the league. The 5-11 shooting guard spent the first eight years of her career with the Charlotte Sting, earning All-Star nods during the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons and finishing as the runner up in MVP balloting during the 1997 season to Houston�s Cynthia Cooper.
�After winning a championship in Turkey this offseason, I can�t think of anything better than coming to Detroit and helping the Shock win another title,� said Stinson by phone from Turkey. �Playing in front of my family and friends in Charlotte [Stinson�s hometown] for the first eight years of my career was truly a blessing, but as of today, I�m a member of the Detroit Shock, and I plan on taking every advantage of the opportunity.
�Whatever Coach Laimbeer and the coaching staff ask of me, I�m ready to give them. If that means coming off the bench, running the break, playing defense, trying to teach some of the younger players what I�ve learned in my years in professional basketball, whatever it is, I�m going to give them.�
Stinson�s name can be found among nearly every major career statistical category in the 2005 Official WNBA Guide & Register. In addition to her third-place ranking in scoring she is second in minutes played, fifth in assists, seventh in steals and 13th in rebounding, She also shares the league record with Teresa Weatherspoon for consecutive games played, and is alone atop the list of consecutive games started in WNBA history.
During Stinson�s eight seasons in purple and teal, she led the Sting to the playoffs on six occasions and to the WNBA Finals in 2001.
Take a look at Andrea Stinson�s WNBA career statistics.
The Shock roster stands at 17 players with two of those players (Chandi Jones and Irina Osipova) currently fulfilling their overseas playing commitments. A current numerical and alphabetical training camp roster follows.
Detroit is 1-1 on the preseason with one game remaining, Sunday, May 15 vs. the New York Liberty at Albany, New York�s Pepsi Arena.
The Detroit Shock open the 2005 WNBA Season vs. the 2004 Eastern Conference Champion Connecticut Sun on Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Season tickets are available by calling (248) 377-0100 or by logging on to www.detroitshock.com