|No. 21 – Atlanta Dream|
|Born||December 2, 1986|
St. Albans, West Virginia
|Listed height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Listed weight||139 lb (63 kg)|
|High school||South Charleston|
(South Charleston, West Virginia)
|WNBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Lynx|
|2009–2010||VICI Aistes Kaunas|
|2010–2011||Maccabi Bnot Ashdod|
|2017–2018||Maccabi Ramat Hen|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Renee Danielle Montgomery (born December 2, 1986) is an American basketball player for the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She won national championships with the UConn Huskies in 2009, and with the Minnesota Lynx in 2015 and 2017.
- 1 High school
- 2 College career
- 3 College statistics
- 4 Professional career
- 5 WNBA career statistics
- 6 USA Basketball
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Montgomery was a captain each year of her high school career. She averaged 22.5 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals while leading South Charleston High School to the West Virginia Class AAA Final as a senior. She led South Charleston High School to the West Virginia state Championships 3 times. She also played on the varsity soccer team. Montgomery was a high school teammate of fellow future WNBA player Alexis Hornbuckle.
She attended the University of Connecticut.
She started 35 of the Huskies' 37 games at point guard and was named 2006 Big East Conference Freshman of the Year.
Montgomery started in all 36 games as the Huskies' point guard. She tallied double-figure points in 29 games, including four 20-point plus scoring efforts. Montgomery led the team with a 13.3 scoring average and 163 assists. She was named first team All-Big East. In addition, Montgomery led the USA U-20 National Team to a gold medal during the summer prior to the start of the season at the FIBA U-20 Championship for Women in Mexico City.
Montgomery was selected as an All-Big East First Team choice for the second consecutive season. She was also selected to the All-Big East Tournament Team for the third consecutive season. Montgomery moved to the shooting guard slot on January 19, following a season-ending injury to Mel Thomas, after playing the majority of her career at point guard. She passed the 1,000 point mark in an 82–71 UConn win over North Carolina on January 21, 2008 at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies lost in the Final Four to Stanford and finished the season at 36–2.
Montgomery reached double figure points in all but four games this season, and led the Huskies to a 39–0 season and her first and only National Championship. She finished her career in the Top Ten of many categories in the UConn women's basketball recordbooks including No. 1 in games played (150), No. 6 in career points (1,990), No. 6 in FG's (703), No. 4 in 3pt FG's (254), No. 9 in FT's (330), No. 3 in Assists (632), and No. 5 in Steals (266). She was the first Husky to be recognized in the "Huskies of Honor" while still playing in a Husky uniform.
Sports Illustrated did a series of thirteen photographs featuring players and team member of teams chasing or achieving perfect seasons—an entire season without a loss. The photograph of Coach Geno Auriemma embracing Renee Montgomery during the 2008–09 season is included in the collection.
|Renee Montgomery Statistics at University of Connecticut|
In 2010, Montgomery was traded to the Connecticut Sun, as part of a trade involving Minnesota native Lindsay Whalen, and the first pick in the 2010 draft, with which the Sun selected Tina Charles, Montgomery's former college teammate. In college, Montgomery wore 20 as a uniform number. Players often become attached to their numbers, some more than others. Renee liked her number so much that her personal website is reneemontgomery20.com. The Sun also added veteran Kara Lawson to the team, who had worn No. 20 in college and with the Sacramento Monarchs, so Montgomery wears No. 21 for the Sun.
During the 2009–10 collegiate basketball season, Montgomery occasionally worked as a color commentator for women's college games broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
During the 2011 WNBA season, Montgomery had the best season of her career once she became the starting point guard for the Sun. She averaged 14.6 ppg and was voted as an all-star for the first time in her career.
In 2012, Montgomery came off the bench for the Sun, but was still effective, averaging 11.6 ppg and won WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year. The Sun made it to the playoffs that year and were one win away from advancing to the Finals, but were eliminated by the eventual champions Indiana Fever in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
On January 28, 2015, the Connecticut Sun traded Montgomery along with their third and fifteen overall picks in the 2015 WNBA draft to the Seattle Storm in exchange for Camille Little and Shekinna Stricklen.
On July 20, 2015, Montgomery was reacquired by the Minnesota Lynx in a trade for Monica Wright. Montgomery ended up winning her first WNBA championship with the Lynx after they defeated the Indiana Fever in the Finals.
In 2016, Montgomery played a full season for the Lynx for the first time since her rookie season. She averaged 7.5 ppg off the bench and the Lynx were in the hunt to win back-to-back championships, but lost to the Los Angeles Sparks in the Finals.
In 2017, Montgomery averaged 8.0 ppg and achieved a new career-high in field goal shooting percentage. Montgomery also started in 12 of 34 games played while Whalen was sidelined with a hand injury. The Lynx continued to be a championhsip contender in the league after making it to the Finals for the sixth time in seven seasons, setting up a rematch with the Sparks. This time the Lynx would win in 5 games, winning their fourth championship in seven seasons, tying the now-defunct Houston Comets for most championship titles.
On February 1, 2018, Montgomery signed a multi-year contract with the Atlanta Dream. She would be the starting point guard for the team. On August 12, 2018, Montgomery scored a season-high 30 points along with a career-high 8 three-pointers in a 86-77 victory over the New York Liberty, tying the regular season record for most three-pointers in a game. She also hit 7 of her 8 three pointers in the second half, breaking the WNBA record for most three-pointers in a half. By the end of the season, Montgomery set the franchise record for most three-pointers made in a season. The Dream would finish 23-11 with the number 2 seed in the league, receiving a double-bye to the semi-finals. Without the team's leading scorer Angel McCoughtry who was sidelined with a knee injury, the Dream were short handed in the playoffs as they lost in five games to the Washington Mystics.
In the 2009-10 off-season, Montgomery played in Lituania for VICI Aistes Kaunas. In the 2010-11 off-season, Montgomery played in Israel for Maccabi Bnot Ashdod. In the 2012-13 off-season, Montgomery played in Russia for Nadezhda Orenburg. In the 2014-15 offseason, Montgomery returned to Lituania to play for Vologda-Chevakata. In the 2015-16 off-season, Montgomery played in Australia for the Canberra Capitals. As of August 2016, Montgomery signed with Basket Gdynia, a Polish club for the 2016-17 off-season. In 2017, Montgomery signed with Maccabi Ramat Hen of the Israeli League for the 2017-18 off-season.
WNBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
|TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|Bold||Career high||League leader|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Montgomery won a WNBA championship|
|Career||10 years, 5 teams||330||139||23.2||.388||.350||.841||1.6||3.2||1.0||0.0||1.9||9.7|
|Career||6 years, 3 teams||37||7||17.9||.400||.356||.851||0.9||2.3||0.5||0.1||1.2||6.1|
Montgomery was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009. The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants.
At the conclusion of the training camp, the team traveled to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they competed in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational.
Montgomery was one of twenty players named to the national team pool. Twelve of this group will be chosen to represent the USA in the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.
Montgomery was named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball. This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010.
Awards and honors
- 2005 McDonald's All-America.
- 2005 Gatorade West Virginia High School Player of the Year.
- 2005 Street & Smith Third Team All-America.
- 2005 Associated Press West Virginia Player of the Year.
- 2005 WBCA Honorable Mention All-America.
- 2004 Street & Smith Third Team All-America.
- 2003 Street & Smith Honorable Mention All-America
- 2009 Nancy Lieberman Award – Top Point Guard
- 2009 Honda Sports Award, basketball
- 2009 Finalist for Honda-Broderick Cup
- 2009 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award
- 2009 Gazette Sportsperson of the Year
- Jacobs, Jeff (Feb 28, 2009). "One Honor Left For Montgomery". Retrieved June 9, 2009.
- "In Search of Perfection". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on April 22, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- "UConn Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved June 9, 2009.
- "UConn Huskies Stats". Retrieved June 9, 2009.
- "WNBA Draft 2009". Retrieved June 9, 2009.
- Boyer, Zac (January 12, 2010). "Sun Make A Deal: Renee Montgomery Coming, Lindsay Whalen Going". Courant.com. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
- "The Official Site of Renee Montgomery". ReneeMontgomery20.com. Archived from the original on May 13, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
- Altavilla, John (February 2, 2010). "What's In A Number?". Courant.com. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
- "Connecticut Sun trade Renee Montgomery, No. 3 pick in WNBA Draft". New Haven Register. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
- "Lynx Acquire Guard Renee Montgomery - Minnesota Lynx". Minnesota Lynx. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
- "Atlanta Dream Sign Two-Time WNBA Champion Renee Montgomery". WNBA.com. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
- Atlanta's Renee Montgomery hits 8 3s to tie WNBA record
- "2016-2017 WNBA Overseas Signings - Women's Basketball 24.7". Women's Basketball 24.7. 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
- WNBA Players Playing Overseas
- "USA Basketball Women's National Team To Tip-Off Training Tomorrow In D.C." USA Basketball. Retrieved October 1, 2009.
- "Charles, Moore lead U.S. pool additions". ESPN. March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
- "Six Olympic Gold Medalists Among 11-Member Team Set To Participate In WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game". USA Basketball. June 30, 2010. Archived from the original on July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "FIBA World Championship for Women". FIBA. Archived from the original on July 10, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "PAST WINNERS". Archived from the original on May 10, 2008. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
- "PAST HONDA SPORTS AWARD WINNERS FOR BASKETBALL". THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Montgomery among 5 finalists". Retrieved June 16, 2009.
- "The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award". WBCA. Archived from the original on November 8, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
- Atkinson, Tommy R. (December 24, 2009). "2009 Gazette Sportsperson of the Year". The Charleston Gazette. Archived from the original on December 30, 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
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