The Sky Acquires Michelle Snow in trade for Jia Perkins

Chicago Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman announced today the acquisition of center Michelle Snow in a deal that sent guard Jia Perkins to San Antonio.

"We're excited to have a veteran, former all-star player join our squad. Michelle's a player that will obviously strengthen our frontcourt with her ability to play both the 4 and 5 positions�, said Chatman. �Her ability to stretch the defense with her high post range, and her length on the block is a huge asset that has served her well throughout her career.�

Snow, a WNBA All-Star in 2006 and 2010, averaged 10.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game for the Silver Stars. Always difficult to stop inside at an imposing 6-foot 5 inches tall, she averaged a career best 57.4% from the floor in 2010, fourth best in the league.

Drafted with the tenth overall pick in 2002 out of the University of Tennessee by the Houston Comets, Snow enters her tenth season in the WNBA. She played seven seasons for the Comets before being signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Dream in 2009. In 2010 she was traded to the Silver Stars for Dalma Ivanyi and a 2011 second round draft pick.

A standout at Tennessee, Snow averaged 10.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in four seasons for the Lady Vols. Snow scored over 1,000 career points in her collegiate career and earned Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention recognition as a senior. She also made headlines by recording three dunks in her collegiate career.

Perkins, a seven year WNBA veteran, played each of the Sky�s first five seasons and holds team career records in numerous categories including games (165), 3-point field goals (170) and steals (286). In 2010 she started all 34 games for the Sky and averaged a team second best 10.7 points per game while also collecting 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists. She led the team with 56 steals for the season.

"Jia has been an integral part of growing the Chicago Sky franchise,� added Chatman. �We truly appreciate her contributions and wish her all the best."