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Former @RazorbackWBB Player on WNBA Opening Day Roster

05/16/2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former University of Arkansas women’s basketball player Shameka Christon is one of 25 Southeastern Conference players on opening day rosters in the WNBA.

Christon (2001-04) was drafted by the New York Liberty and played six seasons in the Big Apple.  She earned WNBA Rookie of honors in 2004 and was selected to the WNBA All Star game in 2009.  She was traded and spent two seasons with the Chicago Sky before moving to the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2012.

Last season, Christon averaged 7.5 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game.  She tallied a season-high 10 rebounds against Seattle and led the team in scoring with 18 points at Tulsa in August.  Christon hit a season-best five three-pointers at Minnesota and posted a season-best 19 points off the bench against Seattle in June.

At Arkansas, Christon was an Associated Press third-team All-American in 2004 after earning SEC Player of the Year honors.  She was a three-time All-SEC selection and finished her career ranked second on Arkansas’ all-time scoring list with 1,951 points.  She set the Arkansas single-season record for points in an SEC season with 224 and averaged career0hhighs of 21.8 ppg and 7.0 rpg as a senior.

The SEC all-start list is like a who’s who of the best players in the country.  Tennessee leads all league teams with eight former players followed by LSU with five, Georgia and Texas A&M with three each, Florida with two and Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State with one each.  All twelve WNBA teams have at least one former SEC player on their roster. 

The SEC also has five former women’s basketball players serving in coaching roles.  Pokey Chatman (LSU) and Carol Ross (Ole Miss) are head coaches for the Chicago Sky and LA Sparks, respectively.  While Bridget Pettis, Florida (Tulsa Shock), Teresa Edwards, Georgia (Atlanta Dream) and Jennifer Gillom, Ole Miss (Connecticut Sun) serve as assistant coaches.
Below is a list of all former SEC players who were on opening day rosters of the WNBA.


Atlanta
Aneika Henry, Florida

Chicago
Sylvia Fowles, LSU

Connecticut
Allison Hightower, LSU
Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M
Kelley Cain, Tennessee

Indiana
Sydney Carter, Texas A&M
Tamika Catchings, Tennessee
Jasmine Hassell, Georgia

Los Angeles
Armintie Herrington, Ole Miss
Candace Parker, Tennessee

Minnesota
Seimone Augustus, LSU
Tan White, Mississippi State

New York
Kara Braxton, Georgia
DeLisha Milton-Jones, Florida
Kamiko Williams, Tennessee

Phoenix
DeWanna Bonner, Auburn

San Antonio
Danielle Adams, Texas A&M
SHAMEKA CHRISTON, ARKANSAS

Seattle
Temeka Johnson, LSU
Angel Robinson, Georgia (R)
Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee

Tulsa
Vicki Baugh, Tennessee (R)
Glory Johnson, Tennessee
Theresa Plaisance, LSU (R)

Washington
Kara Lawson, Tennessee

R - Rookie
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