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F/C | 6-2, 178 lbs
2016 season: 27 games, 27 starts, 11.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 38.7 FG%, 33.7 3P%, 82.9 FT%
Plenette Pierson concluded her 14th WNBA season in 2016, playing her first and only season with the Dallas Wings.
Pierson began her professional career in 2003 after being drafted fourth overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2003 WNBA Draft. The 35-year-old Texas native played three seasons with Phoenix, six seasons with the Detroit/Tulsa Shock, five seasons with the New York Liberty and another season with the Shock before spending last year in Dallas.
In the beginning of February, the Minnesota Lynx announced that they signed the veteran Pierson via free agency.
Throughout her career, Pierson has averaged 10 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 410 career games. In her career so far, Pierson has won two WNBA Championships (2006, 08), was named the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year in 2007 and was named to the All-Star game for the first time in 2015.
Pierson is set to play in her 15th WNBA season when the Lynx kick off the 2017 season at 6 p.m. May 14 against the Chicago Sky at Xcel Energy Center.
Top Three Games Of The Season
3.) July 15 at Chicago Sky
In the 84-77 loss to the Chicago Sky at Allstate Arena, Pierson finished with 20 points, five rebounds and two assists, while making a season-high five threes in the game. Pierson finished shooting 6-for-17 from the field, 5-for-7 from three and went 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
2.) July 17 vs. Minnesota Lynx
In the 98-97 overtime loss to the Minnesota Lynx at College Park Center, Pierson recorded 20 points and a season-best 11 rebounds for the Wings. Pierson, who also had two assists, shot 7-for-14 from the field, 5-for-8 from behind the arc and went 2-for-3 from the free throw line.
1.) Aug. 26 at Phoenix Mercury
In the 98-72 loss to the Phoenix Mercury at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Pierson finished with a season-high 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Pierson went 8-for-15 from the field, 2-for-5 from three and shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Pierson is spending her offseason playing overseas for the KB Stars in South Korea.
In 28 games this offseason, she has averaged 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 27.8 minutes per game. Pierson is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 68.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Role For 2017?
More a majority of her career, especially in the last five or six seasons in the WNBA, Pierson has played key minutes for each of her teams.
Expect Pierson to continue to play a key role for the Lynx as they hope to once again make a deep run in 2017.
They Said It…
“We are very excited to have added another player with championship experience to our roster,” Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith said when the team announced the signing of Pierson in February. “Plenette is a very versatile player and will be able to impact our frontcourt off the bench with her dynamic presence on the court and her ability to connect at the three-point line.”