Stars Re-Sign Jayne Appel
SAN ANTONIO � San Antonio Stars center Jayne Appel has signed a new multi-year contract with the team, head coach and general manager Dan Hughes announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
�I am so excited to be rejoining my teammates and coaches in San Antonio,� said Appel. �The fans and support are tremendous and I look forward to continuing our quest for a championship.�
In 2013, Appel led the team in total rebounds (259), rebounds per game (8.9), total blocks (37) and blocks per game (1.28). In 29 appearances, the California native averaged 5.9 points and 26.5 minutes per game.
�We are excited Jayne will continue to be a key part of the Star's family into the future,� said Hughes. �Jayne has become one of the premier rebounders and defenders in the WNBA through her consistent improvement. Her leadership within the team and in the community is valuable to us and the fans.�
During the past WNBA offseason, Appel averaged 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game while playing in China with Liaoning, helping lead her team to the Chinese League playoff quarterfinals.
Appel was selected by the Stars with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2010 WNBA Draft out of Stanford University. During her inaugural WNBA season, she became the first Stars rookie to be voted as a WNBA All-Star since teammate Sophia Young in 2006.
In her WNBA career, Appel has appeared in 121 games, averaging 4.0 points 5.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 17.8 minutes. With 259 career rebounds entering the 2014 season, Appel currently ranks sixth in franchise history for total rebounds.
The Stars tip-off the 2014 season, presented by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa and H-E-B, in Atlanta against the Dream on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. The Stars 2014 home opener takes place the following night on May 17 at the AT&T Center against the Tulsa Shock at 7 p.m. Ticket plans for the upcoming season are now available. Visit SAStars.com or contact a Stars representative at 210-444-5090 for more information.
About the San Antonio Stars
The San Antonio Stars are one of four professional sports franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment - the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the Rampage (AHL) and the Austin Toros (NBA Development League) - and play their home games at the SS&E operated AT&T Center. The 2014 season will mark the teams 12th year in San Antonio, as the Utah Starzz relocated to the Alamo City in 2003. In operation since 1997, the WNBA - which features 12 teams - is the most successful women's professional team sports league in the world.