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Former @RazorbackWBB Standout Christon Signs LFB Deal

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Former @RazorbackWBB Standout Christon Signs LFB Deal

FAYETTEVILLE — Former University of Arkansas women’s basketball standout Shameka Christon has agreed to terms on a new contract with CD Zamarat, a team in the top women’s basketball league in Spain, Liga Femenina de Baloncesto (LFB)

CD Zamarat agreed to terms with the 32-year-old American swing player, whohad started the season at Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket in the French LFB league.Innine games with Lattes Montpellier this season, Christonaveraged 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 assist and 1.4 steal per game.

Christon also playedsix games in the Euroleague, where she recorded 10.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.3 spg. Last summer, she playedfor theSan Antonio Silver Starsin theWNBA.Appearing in33 games,Christonaveraged 7.5 ppg and 1.7 rpg.Christon’s list of foreign-league achievements is quite long, highlighted by her team making it to the Russian Cup final in 2011. She was also voted Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Imports Team back in 2009.An experienced player at multiple levels of basketball, Christon has also playedprofessionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla and Bnot Hertzeliya), Poland (Riviera Gdynia), Russia (Nadezhda Orenburg), Spain (Hondarribia-Irun and Rivas Ecopolis) and the WNBA (Chicago Sky).

The first Arkansas women’s basketball player to earn Associated Press All-America honors and become a first-round professional draft selection, Christon was the 2004 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. Leading the league in scoring with 21.8 ppg her senior year, Christon played in three NCAA tournaments at Arkansas and left a mark on the program by closing her career as the second all-time leading scorer with 1,951 points.She led Arkansas to semifinal finishes at the 2001 and 2002 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which still stand as all-time performances for the Razorbacks.The Hot Springs, Ark., native was the No. 5 overall selection in the 2004 WNBA Draft,taken by theNew York Liberty. The former University of Arkansas standout is now in her tenth seasonplaying professional basketball. As a six-year veteran with the Liberty, she was a member of the 2004 Rookie Team and a WNBA All-Star in 2009.Christon was later traded to the Chicago Sky during the 2011 season, but injuries kept her out of the lineup.

Christon also had a stint servingas color analyst forArkansas women’s basketball radio broadcasts, callingall home and away contests for the Razorbacks.For more information on University of Arkansas women’s basketball, follow @RazorbackWBB on Twitter.



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