Detroit Shock Sign 6�5�� Center Irina Osipova
�We feel very fortunate to have signed a player of Irina�s caliber. With her joining our team, our frontcourt depth is tremendous,� Laimbeer said. �In addition, her athleticism and speed fit perfectly with our style of play.�
Osipova has a wealth of experience playing with and against WNBA players. Prior to Israel, she played two seasons with UMMC Ekaterinburg, competing with WNBA stars Yolanda Griffith, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Andrea Stinson, Tameka Dixon, Lauren Jackson, Ticha Penecheiro, Natalie Williams, Svetlana Abrosimova, Elena Baranova and Sheryl Swoopes. In 2003-2004, she played in 39 games, averaging 9.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 29.2 minutes. In 2002-2003, she helped lead UMMC to the FIBA Euroleague Championship, averaging 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in 24.3 minutes. In 2001-2002, she competed with Dynamo Moscow in both the Russian league and the Ronchetti Cup (FIBA), averaging 15.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 27.5 minutes in 61 total games.
�I am happy to play for a team like Detroit in the WNBA,� Osipova said. �They have a great coach who can help my game and there are great players like Swin Cash. I look forward to this season.�