Charlotte Sting to retire Andrea Stinson's jersey
Charlotte Sting to retire Andrea Stinson's
...The Charlotte Sting will retire Andrea Stinson's number 32 jersey on Saturday, May 20, in conjunction with their 2006 season opener against the Chicago Sky, it was announced today by General Manager Trudi Lacey.
...In addition, the Sting have also named Stinson as the team's community relations ambassador.
new role, Stinson
will help the Sting
develop new off the court relationships, as well as cultivate existing ones, by becoming an integral part of the team's community outreach efforts.
"We are thrilled to announce the retirement of Andrea Stinson's
number 32 jersey," Lacey said.
"As one of the original members of the Sting
helped build this franchise from the ground up.In her
eight seasons with the team she
exemplified in every aspect what it means to be a professional basketball player in the WNBA
was one of the best open court players to ever play the game and she
impressed fans with her
skills and dazzled with her
patented spin moves and smooth finishes.
"We are glad Andrea
will still be part of the Sting
family in another role with which she
brings passion, excitement and knowledge of the game and will be a tremendous ambassador for the Sting
in our outreach to our fans and the business community in the Charlotte region."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
started every game in the first eight years of the team's history.During her
career in her
averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals.Her name is found throughout the Charlotte 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.She
became the third player in WNBA history to score 3,000 career points when she
reached that milestone on August 2, 2003, against the Los Angeles Sparks.
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
made it a priority to give back to her
community as a member of the Sting
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.