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Aneika Henry (left) and DeLisha Milton-Jones

Friday May 18, 2012Pair of Gators Earns Spot on 2012 WNBA Opening Day Rosters

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Aneika Henry (left) and DeLisha Milton-Jones

The University of Florida’s Aneika Henry and DeLisha Milton-Jones have earned a spot on WNBA Opening Day rosters, as the Atlanta Dream and Los Angeles Sparks announced their respective rosters that include Gators.

 

Henry is making her debut in the WNBA, having spent the last few years since graduating from UF honing her hoops skills overseas. The 6-3 post player from Coconut Grove, Fla., blocked 110 shots and shot a steady 53.7 percent from the floor during her two-year career from 2007-09. She attended Coral Gables Senior High School before earning her Associate of Arts degree in General Education from Seminole Community College and enrolling at UF. In the Dream’s lone preseason game, Henry collected a team-best nine rebounds with seven points in helping Atlanta to a 91-89 win against Tulsa.

 

Milton-Jones enters her 14th WNBA season ranked 10th in league history in career points (4,683), eighth in rebounds (2,233) fifth in steals (550) and seventh in games played (400). The 6-1 post is the second-leading scorer in Sparks history, amassing 3,678 points while wearing Purple, Teal and Gold. Milton-Jones, who helped lead LA to 2001 and 2002 WNBA titles, was a 2000 and 2007 WNBA All-Star.

 

During her storied collegiate career, Milton-Jones was UF’s first-ever recipient of The Wade Trophy, recognizing the top women’s basketball player. She was the first-ever Florida athlete -- male or female -- to earn basketball first-team All-America honors, as she was recognized to the 10-player Kodak All-America team and to the five-member Associated Press All-America Team. Milton-Jones was the first Gator ever named the SEC Player of the Year, by both the coaches & media and was voted 1997 Most Outstanding Performer of the NCAA Tournament Mideast Regional. Milton-Jones graduated among the program’s top-10 in several categories, including first for steals (281), free throws made (364) and free throws attempted (536), while ranking second for blocks (172), third for scoring (1,858) and rebounding (1,109), fourth for field goals made (747) and attempted (1,418) and fifth for rebounding average (8.9 rpg).

 

Milton-Jones will be coached this season by the same coach she had during her four-year career at Florida – Carol Ross, who enters her first year with the Sparks and at the helm of a WNBA team.

 

Henry and Milton-Jones are two of 26 former SEC stars who made 2012 WNBA opening day rosters.  All twelve WNBA teams have at least one former SEC player on their roster.

 

The WNBA season opens Friday evening with the Sparks playing at Seattle at 10 p.m. ET. Atlanta tips-off its season Saturday, May 19 at Indiana at 7 p.m.

 

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