Oct. 22, 2012
PITTSBURGH – Former University of Pittsburgh standout Shavonte Zellous added world champion to her basketball resume Sunday evening as the Indiana Fever captured the WNBA title with an 87-78 win over the Minnesota Lynx to capture the best-of-five series (3-1).
Zellous registered 15 points in Sunday’s series clincher and pumped in a career-high 30 points in game three on Friday. The guard averaged 17.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in the WNBA Finals, shooting 41.5 percent from the field in the four games. On the regular season, Zellous averaged 7.5 points in 31 games.
A three-time All-Big East First Team performer, Zellous was the league’s Most Improved Player in 2007. She was selected to the Associated Press All-America Third Team in 2009.
As a Panther, Zellous helped direct the squad to two NCAA Championship Sweet 16 showings (2008, 2009), a school-record 25 wins (2009) and the highest ranking in program history (2008). She led Pitt in scoring for three-straight seasons (2006-2009) and reached the 2,000 point milestone, becoming the third player to accomplish that feat in Pitt history.
Zellous is ranked in several categories in the Pitt record book, including third in scoring (2,251 points), ninth in rebounds (753), eighth in three-pointers made (88), 10th
in free throw percentage (.750) and 18th
in steals (124).
She was selected in the first round – the No. 11 overall pick – by the Detroit Shock in the 2009 WNBA Draft. A member of the WNBA’s All-Rookie team in 2009, she averaged 11.9 points. She played four games for the Tulsa Shock before being traded to Indiana in 2010.
Zellous will continue her play overseas with Mersin in the Turkish League later this fall.