Assistant Coach Honored by Seattle Storm
Posted: August 10, 2009 at 12:01 am, Last Updated: August 7, 2009 at 12:41 pm
Mason women’s basketball assistant coach Simone Edwards, who joined Mason in 2008, played six seasons in the WNBA and won a championship with the 2004 Seattle Storm.
On Aug. 1, she was honored with six others as members of the Storm All-Decade Team during halftime of the Storm’s game against the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Edwards retired in 2005 as the longest-tenured member of the inaugural Storm roster. At the time, she was the Storm’s all-time leader in games played, third in rebounds, fourth in points, blocks and minutes, and fifth in steals.
Assigned to the Storm as a free agent in 2000, she played in 178 games with 625 rebounds, 936 points, 56 blocks and 83 steals in 3,184 minutes of action. In 2001, she averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds while starting 27 games, all career highs. She had a career-high 19 points against Houston that year and a career-high 14 rebounds, a franchise record at the time.
“It’s an honor,” Edwards was quoted on the WNBA web site. “You feel loved because you’ve been left for a little while now and you still have those faithful fans there who remember you. It’s very special knowing that out of all the people who have been through the Storm since 2000, they still remember me and my contributions to the Storm and the community. It’s something I’m proud of and really feel honored. I’m touched. It’s just exciting.”
Edwards was inducted with former teammate Kamila Vodichkova, current Storm players Sue Bird, Janell Burse, Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson and color analyst Adia Barnes.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Edwards played her collegiate ball at Seminole Junior College (1993-95) and the University of Iowa (1995-97), where she earned a degree in sociology.
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