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    FIGHTING IRISH Ruth Riley has won two WNBA titles and ranks as one of the top five shot blockers in league history, while also piling up more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds since entering the WNBA in 2001. <i>(Photos courtesy of WNBAE/Getty Images)</i>
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    Ruth Riley has won two WNBA titles and ranks as one of the top five shot blockers in league history, while also piling up more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds since entering the WNBA in 2001. (Photos courtesy of WNBAE/Getty Images)
    FIGHTING IRISH

    July 11, 2006

    Notre Dame alums have carved their own place in WNBA history, winning a total of four league championships as players (with three more by 1979 Notre Dame graduate Bill Laimbeer as head coach of the Detroit Shock) since the WNBA was founded in 1997. Wondering how former Irish standouts such as Ruth Riley are doing with their WNBA teams? Look no further, as UND.com has put together this simple reference page which will allow Irish fans to keep up with their favorite players in the WNBA.

    Notre Dame Players Currently Active In WNBA

    Ruth Riley (2001-present)
    Two-time WNBA Champion (2003, 2006)
    Three-time WNBA conference champion (East - 2003, 2006; West - 2008)
    2003 WNBA Finals MVP
    2005 WNBA All-Star
    First Vice President, WNBA Players Association
    Miami Sol (2001-02 - 1st round draft pick/5th overall)
    Detroit Shock (2003-06 - 1st overall pick in 2003 Dispersal Draft)
    San Antonio Silver Stars (2007-present)

    Riley's official WNBA biography page with statistics
    Official San Antonio Silver Stars web site
    Official WNBA web site
    Riley's WNBA.com blog
    Riley's official web site
    Nothing But Nets (Riley is spokesperson and advocate for organization fighting malaria in Africa)

    Notre Dame Players Currently Inactive/Retired From WNBA

    Charel Allen
    Sacramento Monarchs (2008 - 3rd round draft pick)

    Jacqueline Batteast
    2006 WNBA Champion
    Minnesota Lynx (2005 - 2nd round draft pick)
    Detroit Shock (2006)

    Jacqueline Batteast became the third Irish alum to earn a WNBA championship ring, doing so with the Detroit Shock in 2006.


    Megan Duffy
    Minnesota Lynx (2006-07 - 3rd round draft pick)
    Los Angeles Sparks (2007)
    New York Liberty (2008)

    Katryna Gaither
    Utah Starzz (2000)
    Indiana Fever (2000)
    Cleveland Rockers (2002)
    Los Angeles Sparks (2002)
    Washington Mystics (2002)
    Minnesota Lynx (2007)

    Ericka Haney
    Detroit Shock (2002 - 3rd round draft pick)

    Niele Ivey
    Indiana Fever (2001-04)
    Detroit Shock (2005)
    Phoenix Mercury (2005)

    Beth Morgan (Cunningham)
    Washington Mystics (2000)

    Kelley Siemon
    Los Angeles Sparks (2002 - 3rd round draft pick)

    Coquese Washington
    2000 WNBA Champion
    Past President, WNBA Players Association
    New York Liberty (1998-99)
    Houston Comets (2000-02)
    Indiana Fever (2002-03)


     

     

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