|Born||July 15, 1988|
San Antonio, Texas
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||182 lb (83 kg)|
|High school||Forest Park (Woodbridge, Virginia)|
|WNBA draft||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Lynx|
|2013||Shinsegae One FX|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career WNBA statistics|
|Points||1,293 (7.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||388 (2.2 rpg)|
|Assists||292 (1.6 apg)|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Monica Ashante Wright (born July 15, 1988) is an American basketball coach and former player. She played college basketball for Virginia and was selected second overall by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2010 WNBA draft. Outside of the WNBA, she played professionally in Poland, Turkey, Australia, South Korea and Iceland.
Early life and high school career
Wright was born to Garry and Lynette Wright in San Antonio, Texas. She has an older brother named Gerard. Her family later moved to Woodbridge, Virginia where she attended Forest Park High School. At Forest Park, she averaged 22.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.0 steals per game. She was also the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year and was ranked No. 2 guard and No. 11 player overall in the nation.
Wright attended the University of Virginia. In her freshman year as a Cavalier, she was named the ACC Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore, she was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team and also notched her 1,000th point. She missed being named to the All-ACC first team by two points that season. As a junior, Wright was named to the All-ACC defensive team and was also rewarded with a spot on the All-ACC first team as the league's top scorer. As a senior, Wright was named ACC Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and National Defensive Player of the Year. She was also the 2010 WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Wright was selected by the Minnesota Lynx with the second overall pick in the 2010 WNBA draft. She went on to be named to the WNBA's all-rookie team. In 2011 and 2012, Wright played off the bench, backing up at both guard and forward. She expanded her role in 2013, becoming the primary backup at shooting guard and point guard, averaging 9.0 points per game. She won WNBA titles with the Lynx in 2011 and 2013.
On July 20, 2015, Wright was traded to the Seattle Storm in exchange for Renee Montgomery and a 2016 second-round draft pick. She missed the rest of the 2015 WNBA season due to a right knee injury. After recovering from the injury, she debuted for the Storm in 2016.
For the 2010–11 season, Wright played in Poland for Lotos Gdynia. For the 2011–12 season, she played in Turkey for Botaş SK. For the 2012–13 season, she played in Australia for the Dandenong Rangers of the WNBL.
In 2013–14, Wright played in Korea for Shinsegae One FX, but left the team in December 2013, reportedly without permission. For the 2014–15 season, she re-joined the Dandenong Rangers, but was released prior to the start of the season after complications with a troublesome knee arose. The 2015–16 season was split between Bnot Herzliya of Israel and Keflavík of Iceland.
On July 14, 2016, Wright signed with the Perth Lynx for the 2016–17 WNBL season. She played in the Lynx's first four games of the season, but due to complications with a long-term knee injury, she was released by the team on October 19, 2016.
National team career
Wright was selected as a member of the USA Women's U19 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event was held in July and August 2007, when the USA team defeated Sweden to win the championship. Wright averaged 9.8 points per game and led the team in steals.
After injuries ended her playing career, Wright turned to coaching. She was an assistant coach at Liberty University during the 2018–2019 season. In May 2019, she was hired as an assistant coach for the Virginia Cavaliers women's basketball team.
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- Seattle Completes Trade with Minnesota; Acquires Wright
- Finally Healthy Again, Monica Wright Eager to Begin First Seattle Storm Season
- Chart: Where Lynx players are headed now
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- Monica Wright Released
- Stjörnuleikmaður á leið til Keflavíkur (in Icelandic)
- Nick Rynne (July 14, 2016). "Lynx sign WNBA champion Wright". Archived from the original on August 23, 2016.
- PERTH LYNX RELEASE MONICA WRIGHT
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