Sep 29, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT
Ticha Penicheiro, a former Old Dominion All-Star, announced today that she will retire from the WNBA at the conclusion of her 15th season. Not only is she the WNBA’s all-time record holder in assists, having led the league in that category an unprecedented seven times, but she will finish her career with the second most steals in league history.
Penicheiro was named to the WNBA’s Top 15 players of All-Time in 2011, and over the course of her career has earned two All-WNBA First Team selections, four invitations to the WNBA All-Star Game and honorable mention to the WNBA All-Decade Team. Her crowning achievement came in 2005 when she led the Sacramento Monarchs to win the WNBA Championship. In 2008, Penicheiro became the first player in WNBA history to record 2,000 career assists as well as the WNBA’s all-time leader in steals.
During her college career as a Lady Monarch (1994-98), Penicheiro received the Wade Trophy as the National Player of the year in 1997-98, was a two-time 1st-team All American and two-time CAA Player of the Year. She also was a four-time All-CAA honoree and added CAA Rookie of the Year to her accolades during her stint in the league. She currently is the CAA’s all-time leader in assists (939) and steals (591). In 2009-10, Penicheiro was named to the CAA Women’s Basketball Anniversary Team and as one of the CAA 25th Anniversary Silver Stars.
Penicheiro’s playing style was one of a unique mixture of panache and skill which earned her many a fan in the Hampton Roads area as she led the Lady Monarchs to the 1997 NCAA championship game. During her career at ODU, she collected 1,304 points, finished her career as ODU’s all-time steal leader with 591, and second all-time assist leader with 939.
The Chicago Sky posted a full release this morning.
The Chicago Sky encouraged fans to share their memories and post messages to Ticha on the WNBA Facebook page and on Twitter @wnbachicagosky and @tichapenicheiro using the hashtag #TYT.
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