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FORMER PITT GUARD SHAVONTE ZELLOUS TO PLAY IN HER FIRST PROFESSIONAL GAME FOR THE DETROIT SHOCK

Shavonte Zellous

Shavonte Zellous

June 5, 2009

DETROIT, Mich. -

Former Pitt All-America guard Shavonte Zellous will play in her first professional game for the Detroit Shock Saturday, against the Los Angeles Sparks.

The contest will be held at the home arena of the Sparks on Saturday, June 6, at 2:30 pm, with the game to be broadcast live on ABC.

Zellous (Orlando, Fla. /Jones), will earn a start in her first-ever game, making her the first Shock rookie to start a season-opener since 2003.

Zellous became Pitt's first-ever women's draft pick as she was selected in the first round, as the No. 11 overall pick.

Recently, Zellous was chosen to have her Pitt jersey displayed in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's "Ring of Honor".

While at Pitt, Zellous was a key player and helped the Panthers' rise to national prominence.

Zellous' contributions to her team helped lead the Panthers to their first-ever Sweet 16 appearance in 2008 and followed it up with another in 2009. She led Pitt in scoring over the past three seasons and hit the 2,000-point milestone earlier in the year, making her just the third player in Pitt history and just the 13th in Big East history to reach the mark. She finished her career with 2,251 points.

This past season, Zellous also became the first player in Pitt history (men's or women's) and the ninth in Big East history (men's or women's) to score 600 points in three separate seasons.

In addition to the Sweet 16 appearance in 2009, Zellous led the Panthers to a school-record 25 wins.