Tuesday June 4, 2013Gators on Opening Day 2013 WNBA Rosters
photos courtesy NBAE
photos courtesy NBAE
Florida alumnae Aneika Henry and DeLisha Milton-Jones were on WNBA opening-day rosters when the league tipped-off its 17th season.
Former Gator head coach Carol Ross also returned for her second year at the helm of the Los Angeles Sparks, whom she guided the WNBA Finals last year when she was named the WNBA Coach of the Year.
Henry enters her second year with the Atlanta Dream, playing in all 34 games during her inaugural WNBA season and earning 14 starting assignments. She averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds, while hitting 46.8 percent from the floor and 76.2 percent from the free throw line.
Henry spent the last few years since graduating from UF honing her hoops skills overseas before making her WNBA debut in 2012. 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 15th WNBA season with a 168 consecutive-games started streak. She spent the previous five seasons with Los Angeles before signing with the San Antonio Silver Stars on March 7, 2013. Milton-Jones ranked eighth in league history in career points (5,218), seventh in rebounds (2,392), fifth in steals (584), fourth in minutes played (13,328) and sixth in games played (436). The 6-1 post player who helped Los Angeles to 2001 and 2002 WNBA titles, was a WNBA All-Star in 2000 and 2007.
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).
Henry and Milton-Jones are two of 24 former SEC stars who made 2013 WNBA opening day rosters. All twelve WNBA teams have at least one former SEC player on their roster.
For all of the latest information on Florida women’s basketball:
Official Website: www.gatorzone.com/basketball/women
Twitter: @GatorZoneWBK and @CoachButlerUF