Christon Listed on WNBA Opening Day Roster

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former University of Arkansas women’s basketball standout Shameka Christon is one of 18 Southeastern Conference players listed on a WNBA opening day roster.

Christon, who is in her 11th year with the WNBA, is a member of the Phoenix Mercury for the 2015-16 season.  She has also played for the New York Liberty, Chicago Sky and the San Antonio Stars.  She enters the season averaging 9.9 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game and 24.2 minutes per contest.

While with the Razorbacks, Christon earned SEC Player of the Year in 2004 after averaging career-highs with 21.8 ppg and 7.0 rpg.  She was also a first-team All-SEC and AP Third-Team All-American as a senior.

Nine WNBA teams have at least one former SEC player on their roster.  The SEC also has five former women’s basketball players serving in coaching roles.  Tennessee leads all SEC teams with five former players; LSU has four; Texas A&M has three; Florida has two; and Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Ole Miss each have one.

Below is a list of all former SEC players who were on opening day rosters of the WNBA.


  • Entering her 11th WNBA season and first with Phoenix…..also played with San Antonio (2012-2014), Chicago (2010) and New York (2004 – 2009)
  • Named to the WNBA All-Star team in 2009 in a year that saw her average a career-high 16.1 points and 4.9 rebounds
  • Finished 10th in the WNBA in scoring in 2009
  • Averages 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in her career
  • Career 34.3-percent (431-of-1255) shooter from the three-point line
  • Played in all 34 games three times in her career (2005, 2006 and 2012)…..over the last three seasons has played in 98 of a possible 102 games
  • Scored a career-high 32 points on July 19, 2009 vs. Atlanta
  • Handed out a career-best eight assists on June 4, 2010 at Atlanta
  • Led New York in scoring four consecutive seasons (2006 – 2009)
  • Named Eastern Conference Player of the week on July 7, 2008 after averaging 24 points and three rebounds per game during the week prior
  • Finished the 2006 season ranked seventh in the WNBA in blocked shots (42) and ninth in three-point field goals (99)
  • Owns career playoff averages of 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 18 career games, 12 career starts
  • Missed the entire 2011 season after suffering a right knee injury during training camp
  • Played in 10 games in 2010 before suffering an eye injury that sidelined her for the remainder of the season
  • Signed with San Antonio as a free agent on February 8, 2012
  • Acquired by Chicago in a three-team trade along with Catherine Kraayeveld on March 29, 2010 – New York received Cappie Pondexter and Kelly Mazzante from Phoenix while Phoenix received Candice Dupree and a second-round draft pick from Chicago
  • Originally selected by New York in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft


  • Averaged 3.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 31 games with San Antonio
  • Scored a season-high 14 points, making four three-point field goals vs. Atlanta on June 26
  • Played a season-high 24 minutes in the regular season finale at Chicago on August 17
  • Scored in double-figures three times: June 14 vs. Los Angeles, June 26 vs. Atlanta and July 3 at Minnesota
  • Played in one playoff game, August 23 vs. Minnesota


  • Named SEC Player of the Year as a senior in 2004 after averaging career-highs of 21.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game…..also named First Team All-SEC and AP Third-Team All-American
  • Finished her career ranked second on Arkansas’ all-time scoring list (1,951 point)s
  • Named to the All-SEC Second Team in 2003 as a junior…..also earned SEC All-Tournament Team recognition
  • Scored her 1,000th career point in 2003, becoming the 22nd player in Arkansas history – male or female – to accomplish the feat
  • Earned All-SEC Freshman Team honors in 2001 averaging 10.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game


  • Won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2002 FIBA World Championships for Women in China
  • Spent the 2010-11 offseason with Russia’s Nadezhda Orenburg…..averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game through eight Russian League games…..averaged 6.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game through 11 EuroLeague contests
  • Spent the 2009-10 offseason with Poland’s Lotos Gdynia…..averaged 16.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game through seven Polish League games…..averaged 10.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game through seven EuroLeague contests
  • In the 2008-09 offseason, played for Russia’s Nadezhda Orenburg…..named to the Russian Superleague All-Imports Team…..garnered Russian Superleague All-Domestic Team honors from…..averaged 15.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game through 20 Russian League games…..averaged 13.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals through eight EuroLeague contests
  • Played for Spain’s Hondarribia Irun in 2007-08 and Spain’s Rivas Futura in 2006-07
  • Helped guide Raanana Herzeliya to the Israeli Cup semifinals in 2005-06…..averaged 15.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game through 12 games
  • Led Elizur Ramla to the Israeli League Championship title in the 2004-05 offseason…..named Israeli League Championship MVP…..garnered Israeli League Small Forward of the Year honors…..averaged 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game through 21 games


  • Shameka Delynn Christon was born on February 15, 1982 in Springfield, Ill.
  • Has a son, Logan Percy (4)
  • Raised by her mother, Beverly Phillips and stepfather Roy Lee Phillips…..has one brother and one sister
  • Guided Hot Springs (Ark.) High School to back-to-back state championships while earning state championship MVP honors twice…..named Gatorade Player of the Year…..earned Arkansas Player of the Year honors
  • Graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2004 with her degree in social work
  • Owns her own company – Shameka Christon Enterprises – which encompasses profit and non-profit ventures including a daycare, mentoring program and personal basketball and fitness training academy




Aneika Henry, Florida

DeLisha Milton-Jones, Florida


Allison Hightower, LSU

Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M

Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee


Tamika Catchings, Tennessee

Los Angeles

Temeka Johnson, LSU


Seimone Augustus, LSU

Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky


DeWanna Bonner, Auburn


San Antonio

Danielle Adams, Texas A&M

Sydney Colson, Texas A&M


Vicki Baugh, Tennessee

Glory Johnson, Tennessee

Theresa Plaisance, LSU


Armintie Herrington, Ole Miss

Kara Lawson, Tennessee

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