AUBURN HILLS, MI
- April 13, 2005 - Detroit Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer announced today that the franchise has acquired former Indiana Fever guard Niele Ivey. Ivey, who has spent her entire four-year WNBA career with Indiana, signed an offer sheet with the Shock as a restricted free agent that the Fever elected not to match. Ivey, 5-7, holds career averages of 3.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 18.8 minutes in 105 games, 71 as a starter. She was a teammate of Shock center Ruth Riley on the 2001 Notre Dame NCAA Championship team.
�We signed Niele to bolster our guard core,� Laimbeer said. �I especially like her steady play, three-point range and veteran experience. In addition, she obviously went to one of the best universities in the United States (Notre Dame).�
Ivey averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 assists and 11.9 minutes in 15 games last season, one as a starter. She had her best statistical season in the WNBA in 2003 when she averaged 5.0 points, 1.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.07 steals and 24.1 minutes in 27 games, 21 as a starter. She also shot 39.3% (33-84) from beyond the three-point arc. Her 105 games in a Fever uniform are second-most in franchise history.
Named third team All-American during her senior season at Notre Dame (2000-01), Ivey won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented to the nation�s most outstanding female senior player standing 5-8 or under. She also became the 17th Irish player to score 1,000 career points.