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Shavonte Zellous's Bio

About Shavonte Zellous

HEIGHT: 5-10 WEIGHT: 188 BIRTHDATE: Aug. 28, 1986 BIRTHPLACE: Orlando, FL HOMETOWN: Orlando, FL COLLEGE: Pittsburgh HIGH SCHOOL: Jones (FL) WNBA EXPERIENCE: 11 seasons ACQUIRED BY: Signed with Seattle Storm on April 11, 2019 as a free agent TWITTER: @SZellous1 INSTAGRAM: szellous1

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Detroit Shock in the First Round of the 2009 WNBA Draft, 11th overall selection… Traded to the Indiana Fever in exchange for a 2011 second round pick on May 27, 2010…  Signed as a free agent with the New York Liberty on Feb. 1, 2016…. Signed as free agent with the Seattle Storm on April 11, 2019.


  • Named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player in 2013
  • Was an Eastern Conference All-Star in 2013
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team in 2009
  • Won a WNBA Championship with the Indiana Fever in 2012, played in the WNBA Finals again in 2015
  • Has reached the WNBA Playoffs in 10 of 11 seasons as a pro
  • Scored a career-high 33 points against Tulsa on June 25, 2014
  • Averaged career-highs in rebounding (4.0 rpg) and assists (2.8 apg) during 2017 season in New York
  • Posted her 1st-career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Chicago on July 14, 2017


  • Tallied a season-high 14 points on June 16 at Connecticut
  • Made first start on June 21 vs. Los Angeles
  • Reached double-digit points in consecutive games on 6/23 and 6/25
  • Recorded season-high 5 assists and matched season-high 5 rebounds in regular-season finale at Dallas


  • Tallied a season-high 19 points, a career-high 9 assists, and 6 rebounds on May 29 vs. Dallas
  • Averaged 8.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG and 3.0 APG
  • Put up 17 points going 7-for-8 at the line on June 2 at Indiana
  • Netted 14 points with 6-of-7 in shooting on July 11 at Connecticut
  • Suffered a season-ending injury (ankle) on July 19 at Atlanta having already put up 2 points, 1 block and 4 rebounds


  • Started all 34 games for the Liberty
  • Appeared in all 34 games for the 3rd time in her career and started every game for the 1st time
  • Averaged 11.7 ppg along with career-highs in rebounding (4.0 rpg) and assists (2.8 apg)
  • Her 11.7 ppg was the 3rd highest scoring tally in her career
  • Grabbed 6 rebounds against Washington in the WNBA Playoffs (Sept. 10)
  • Contributed on both sides of the court with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Also had 2 assists in a home win over Washington (Aug. 25)
  • Hit a season-high 3 3-pointers to finish with 19 points. In win over Los Angeles also managed 6 rebounds (Aug. 13)
  • Recorded her 4th 20-point game of the season, leading the Liberty in scoring while shooting 8-of-9 from the line. Netted 10 of her game-high 20 points in the 1st quarter in the win at Atlanta (Aug. 11)
  • Posted 16 points and 8 rebounds in win over Indiana. Also managed 2 assists and 2 steals (Aug. 8)
  • Collected 11 points and 6 rebounds in win over Indiana. Also dished out team-high 5 assists, 1 shy of her career-high (July 28)
  • Scored 16 points, going a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line. Also had 5 rebounds and 6 assists in Connecticut win (July 19)
  • Posted a 25 +/- rating finishing with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Also had 1 block in win over Washington (July 16)
  • Recorded a career-high 11 rebounds to post the first double-double of her career with 14 points. Also dished out 3 assists and had a season-high 3 steals (July 14)
  • Pulled down a career-high with 9 rebounds. Finished with 7 points against Atlanta (July 2)
  • Led all scorers with 17 points. Finished with 7 rebounds and 2 assists against Washington (June 29)
  • Scored in double figures for the 7th consecutive game. Finished with 18 points, including a season-high pair of 3-pointers against Connecticut (June 23)
  • Led the team with a season-high 28 points, including a 15-foot jumper with .6 seconds to force overtime at Dallas; marked Zellous’ 6th straight game in double figures, most consecutive since 2014. Also had 8 rebounds and a season-high 6 assists (June 16)
  • Scored in double figures for the 5th time this season, finishing with 16 points, also had 2 rebounds and 2 assists against Connecticut (June 14)
  • Finished with 16 points, including a key late 3-point shot, to score in double figures for a 4th-straight game, and had 2 rebounds and 2 assists in win over Seattle (June 11)
  • Third-straight game scoring in double figures, finishing with 12 points in a win over Atlanta (June 7)
  • Registered back-to-back 20-point games for the 1st time in her career, scoring 21 points against Phoenix, also dishing out a season-high 5 assists for the 2nd time this season, with 3 rebounds (June 4)
  • Set a new season-high with 27 points, it was her 1st 20-point game as a member of the Liberty, also set a career-high with 8 rebounds in win over Dallas (June 2)
  • Pulled down 7 rebounds for the 8th time in her career, also set a season-high with 5 assists and scored 4 points against the Sparks (May 30)
  • In home opener against the San Antonio Stars scored 10 points, 6 of which came from the foul line, also had 4 assists and 1 rebound (May 13).


  • Appeared in 33 games, making 1 start
  • Averaged 8.8 points (Ranked 3rd on the Liberty), 2.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game
  • Finished the season ranked 21st in the WNBA in free throw percentage (.841)
  • Compiled 13 games scoring in double figures
  • Posted 10 points with 3 rebounds against Phoenix in the 2nd Round of the WNBA Playoffs (Sept. 24)
  • In her first start of the year against the Mystics, scored 11 points and hauled in 4 rebounds for the Liberty (Sept. 13)
  • Had 8 points, 4 assists, and a team-high 3 steals in 22 minutes as the Liberty beat the Mercury at home (Sept. 3)
  • Shot 5-of-9 from the field to score 14 points off the bench in a win at Washington (July 20)
  • Tallied 11 points, a team-high 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block in New York’s loss at Minnesota (July 15)
  • Was 5-of-9 from the field with 11 points off the bench and dished out 3 assists in New York’s win over Atlanta (July 13)
  • Surpassed her season high in points for the second game in a row with 16 in New York’s win at Phoenix (July 1)
  • Scored a season-high 15 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, hitting a critical jumper in the 4th quarter and a 3-pointer in overtime, during New York’s win at Minnesota (June 29)
  • Scored 13 points and tied her career-high with 6 assists in New York’s overtime loss to Phoenix (June 26)
  • Had 14 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench for New York in its double-overtime win at Atlanta (June 22)
  • Went 3-for-7 from the field scoring 11 points in 16 minutes, coming up with 5 points and 3 rebounds in the 4th quarter, in New York’s win at Connecticut (June 16)
  • Tallied 11 points playing 20 minutes in a victory at San Antonio (June 11)
  • Scored in double-figures for a fourth-straight contest, leading the Liberty offensively with 12 points at Los Angeles (June 7)
  • Was in double-figures for her third-straight game as she poured in 12 from off the bench to help New York beat Seattle on the road (June 5)
  • Scored in double-figures for the second-straight game knocking down 8-of-9 at the free-throw line to finish with 13 points in a win over Indiana (June 3)
  • Finished in double-figures, shooting 5-for-7 from the field to net 12 points against Minnesota (May 31)
  • Finished with 6 points and a pair of assists against Atlanta (May 24)
  • Came off the bench to score 8 points in the home opening victory over Dallas (May 15)
  • Made her New York Liberty debut in the season opening win at Washington, playing 27 minutes and finishing with 8 points (May 14).


  • Zellous appeared in 23 games with just one start in 2015, missing three games due to commitments with the Croatian National Team, and eight more with a lower back ailment
  • Zellous averaged 8.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while helping Indiana to the WNBA Playoffs
  • A scoring high of 22 points came in the final game of the regular season, (Sept. 13)
  • While awaiting to play overseas during a FIBA contract dispute last winter, Zellous played with the Harlem Globetrotters during a tour stop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Zellous averaged 7.6 points per game during 11 playoff games for Indiana, helping the Fever to a 5-game WNBA Finals playoff series against Minnesota
  • Zellous had four double-figure scoring games in the playoffs, including a 16-point effort against Chicago in Game 2 of the East Semis, (Sept. 19)
  • She shot 43 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the foul stripe while averaging over 21 minutes per game.


  • Zellous appeared in all 34 Fever games, starting 33, and averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game
  • She was the club’s second-leading average scorer
  • She scored in double figures in six straight games from June 20 to July 1, including a career-best 33 points against Tulsa, (June 25)
  • She made a career-high 12 field goals in that game, shooting 12-of-17 overall, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 at the foul stripe
  • It was the second-highest scoring figure in Fever history
  • Zellous tallied 14.4 points per game in five playoff games for Indiana
  • It was her highest playoff scoring average in five seasons with the Fever
  • She reached double figure scoring with 18, 20 and 16 points, respectively, in all three games of a conference finals series against Chicago.


  • Zellous started in 29 games for the Fever, missing four games due to injury and another for family reasons
  • The recipient of the WNBA’s Most Improved Player Award, she finished the season as the league’s most improved scorer, jumping 7.2 points from a 7.5 points per game average in 2012
  • She managed career-high averages in scoring (14.7 per game), FG% (.415), 3FG% (.348), rebounds (3.4), steals (0.98) and blocks (0.72)
  • Zellous scored in double figures in 23 of 26 games, opening the season with 15 straight double-double games
  • She missed the final game of the regular season while attending grandfather’s funeral in Florida
  • She returned from a four-game absence to score a game-high 20 points vs. San Antonio, Aug. 21, despite just 2 points at halftime, finishing 7-of-13 from the floor and making all five free throw attempts
  • She was kept out of action against Atlanta, Aug. 10, and all three West Coast games, Aug. 14 to Aug. 17, for precautionary reasons due to plantar fasciitis
  • Zellous shot 6-of-10 from the floor and was 7-of-7 at the charity stripe to record 19 points at Tulsa, July 25, matching career highs with seven rebounds and three steals, and fell one shy of her career-best for assists with five
  • ”Z” posted one of the best games of her career against Phoenix, June 8, amassing a season high with 29 points, making her first five shots from the floor, finishing 10-of-13 overall
  • She tied Tamika Catchings’ mark for most 3-point field goals in a game, finishing 6-of-7 from long range, with her only miss coming in the final seconds against Phoenix, June 8
  • Zellous started all four playoff games for the Fever, averaging 12.8 points per game
  • She scored a team-high 20 points at Chicago, Sept. 20, finishing 7-of-11 from the floor and was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc
  • She shot 92 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line during the playoffs.


  •  Zellous played in 31 games for the Fever and started in all 31
  • She missed the last three games of the season due to a concussion suffered at Minnesota, Sept. 17
  • She averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists
  • Her 7.5-point average was her highest with Indiana
  • Including a game-winning 3-pointer, she totaled 10 points, three rebounds and a career-high tying three steals at Seattle, Aug. 23
  • She posted a season-high 18 points at Chicago, June 27
  • One of the heroes of the Fever playoffs, Zellous played in all 10 games and started five
  • she averaged 10.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists
  • In Game 3 of the Finals vs. Minnesota, Oct. 19, she had a career-high 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line
  • She capped a last-second frenzy by hitting a game-winning jumper with 0.5 seconds left against Connecticut, Oct. 8, to force a final game in the Eastern Conference Finals.


  • Zellous saw action in 33 games, starting two and averaging 5.5 points and 2.2 rebounds
  • She scored a season-high 21 points at Washington, June 21
  • She had a career-tying high seven rebounds vs. Atlanta, Sept. 11
  • She scored 13 points, had five assists, and three rebounds vs. Los Angeles, July 31
  • Zellous saw action in 5 of 6 Fever postseason games and started Game 3 of the East Finals
  • She averaged 8.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game
  • She scored 13 points in 17 minutes at New York, Sept. 17.


  • Zellous played four games with the Tulsa Shock before being traded to Indiana
  • With the Fever, she appeared in 27 games without a start
  • She logged 15.5 minutes per game with the Fever, averaging 5.9 points and 2.1 rebounds
  • Her first game with the Fever came against the Shock, ironically, in Tulsa just one day after the trade occurred
  • In her next three games with the Fever, she netted 10, 23 and 10 points
  • Her season scoring high was 23 against New York, June 5, in a game that included 10 free throws out of 12 attempts
  • She scored 16 points against Tulsa, July 8
  • She posted season highs of six rebounds and six assists at Connecticut, Aug. 15
  • Zellous averaged 4.0 points per game during a three-game conference semifinal series against the New York Liberty.


  • A member of the WNBA’s All-Rookie First Team, she averaged 11.9 points for the Detroit Shock and was second in the league with 155 free throws made, behind Tamika Catchings
  • She scored in double figures in 23 of the last 30 games
  • She scored a season-high 25 points vs. Atlanta, June 26, and in that game set a franchise record with 17 free throws made
  • Her 19 free throw attempts against the Dream tied for second most in a single game in Shock history
  • She scored 10+ points in 13 straight games from August 9 to September 9
  • She made at least 10 free throws four times
  • She had a season-best five assists three times, all of which came in the season’s last 10 contests
  • She was fifth on the team with 27 steals, which was tops among Shock reserves and third-best among all WNBA rookies behind Angel McCoughtry and Briann January
  • Zellous helped spark Detroit to the Eastern Conference Finals with a playoff average of 15.6 points per game…her playoff high of 23 points came in Game 1 of the East Finals in Detroit where she hit 10-of-11 free throws.


  • 2017-2018: Besiktas Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2016-2017: Besiktas Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2016: Adana Ankara, Turkey
  • 2015: Fenerbahce Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2014: Galatasaray Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2012-2013: Mersin Mersin, Turkey
  • 2010-2011: TTT-Tiga Riga, Latvia
  • 2010-2011: A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra, Isreal
  • 2009-2010: Besiktas Istanbul, Turkey

INTERNATIONAL: Zellous acquired citizenship with Croatia, and a spot on the Croatian National Team… While hoping to play in an Olympic-qualifying tournament in June 2015, a delay in paperwork prohibited her from participating.


  • All-Big East First Team honoree at Pittsburgh (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • 2007 Big East’s Most Improved Player
  • 2008 NCAA Spokane Region All-Tournament Team
  • Averaged 22.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 2.9 APG
  • Third player in Pitt women’s history to reach 2,000 career points; 13th player in Big East history to score 2,000 points


  • The daughter of Tangela Allen, she has one younger brother
  • She graduated prior to her senior season at Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in administration of justice and pursued a second degree while completing her eligibility
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