In a tribute to one of the best players in the 10-year history of the Sting, Andrea Stinson�s number 32 jersey was retired on Saturday, May 20, in conjunction with the team's 2006 season opener against the Chicago Sky. Stinson�s jersey, the first to be retired in franchise history, was raised to the rafters during a ceremony at halftime.
�As one of the original members of the Sting organization, Andrea helped build this franchise from the ground up," said Sting General Manager Trudi Lacey. "In her eight seasons with the team, she exemplified in every aspect what it means to be a professional basketball player in the WNBA. Andrea was one of the best open court players to ever play the game and she impressed fans with her skills and dazzled them with her patented spin moves and smooth finishes. Off the court, she spent hours in the community reaching out to touch other�s lives."
Stinson became one of the first members of the Charlotte franchise when she was allocated to the team on January 22, 1997. Over her eight-year stint with the team, she became synonymous with the Charlotte Sting as she started every game in the first eight years of the team�s history. During her career in her hometown, she averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals.
Her name is found throughout the Sting record books as she is the franchise�s all-time leader with 3,329 points, 1,302 field goals made, 254 games played and started, 2,882 field goals attempted, 520 free throws made, 706 free throws attempted, 1,115 rebounds and 339 steals.
A three-time WNBA All-Star (2000, 2001, 2002), Stinson�s performances also rank her among the best in league history. She currently is the sixth all-time leading scorer in league history with 3,351 points and is ranked third all-time with 8,056 minutes, fifth with 1,310 field goals and 810 assists and ninth with 342 steals.
During her tenure with the club, the 5-10 guard helped the Sting capture six playoff berths, including the Eastern Conference Championship and a trip to the WNBA Finals in 2001.
The team�s scoring leader for six straight seasons, Stinson was named to the All-WNBA Second Team in 1997 and 1998. She set the franchise-record for most points in a game with 33 on July 26, 2000, against Washington and averaged a career-best 17.7 points in the 2000 season.
A native of Cornelius, North Carolina, and a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, Stinson made it a priority to give back to her community as a member of the Sting. During her stay with the team, she made countless charitable appearances and was honored with the WNBA�s Community Assist Award for the 2003 offseason and in September 2004. She was also the recipient of the 2003 United Negro College Fund Leadership Award, presented by Maya Angelou and the Bobby Phills Athlete Award.