February 23, 1982 |
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|College||Texas Christian University|
|Draft||3rd overall, 2005
|Phoenix Mercury (2005–2006)
San Antonio Silver Stars (2007–2008)
Chicago Sky (2010)
Atlanta Dream (2011)
Sandora Lavett Irvin (born February 23, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was recently waived by the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2009.
In her WNBA career, Irvin has scored 91 points, and has collected 100 rebounds, 14 assists, 10 steals, and 26 blocks.
In Irvin's senior season in college she averaged 19.9 points and 11.9 points per game and tallied 150 blocked shots, two shy of tying the NCAA’s single-season record at that time. Irvin previously held the NCAA record for career blocked shots (480) when she graduated in 2005. She broke the old mark of 428 set in 1991. However, since that time she has been surpassed by Louella Tomlinson at St. Mary's College in California. At the conclusion of Tomlinson's senior season in 2011 she had smashed the old record by accumulating 663 career blocks.
As a senior Irvin was also named to the AP All-America first team and selected as a Kodak All-American. She also earned USBWA All-American and Conference USA Player of the Year honors. Irvin was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. She ended her junior season with 15 consecutive double-doubles She set the TCU single-season records for points (504), rebounds (366) and field goals made (195) as a junior.
On April 16, 2005, Irvin was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the first round (No. 3 overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft. In her rookie season, Irvin played in 12 regular season games averaging 3.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.50 blocks, 0.42 steals and 10.2 minutes per game.
During the 2006 WNBA season, Irvin appeared in 7 regular season games for the Mercury, averaging 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
San Antonio Silver Stars
After two seasons with the Mercury, Irvin was traded by Phoenix to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for a second round 2008 draft pick. During the 2007 WNBA season, Irvin appeared in 23 games for the Silver Stars averaging 1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.40 blocks, 0.1 steals and 5.6 minutes per game. She was waived by the San Antonio Silver Stars on May 12, 2009.
After spending some time on the free agent market, she signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky. She was later named to the team. During her run with the Sky, she appeared in 18 games. Started in one of the games. Sandora averaged 1.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, o.33 blocks, 0.11 steals and 7.6 minutes per game. She was waived by the Chicago Sky on July 22, 2010.
Irvin played overseas for Club USP-CEU MMT Estudiantes (Madrid, Spain) in the First Division of the Liga Feminina (LF). In 14 games, Irvin has averaged 13.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. She is among the Spanish LF overall league leaders in points per game (15th), rebounds per game (third) and blocks per game (third).
On July 6, 2007 Irvin officically signed with Puig d’en Valls, a team in Spain which completed its sixth straight season in the Liga Femenina, Her statistics starting from January 2007, when she landed in Madrid’s Estudiantes team, are notable: 13.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game, twice selected game MVP.
Off the court
In 2007 Irvin joined her alma mater’s, Texas Christian University, women’s basketball staff as Director of Operations.
WNBA career statistics
- Correct as of May 2008
- Sandora Irvin Playerfile – Bio, wnba.com, accessed Jun 16, 2008.
- Sandora Irvin – Bio, gofrogs.cstv.com, accessed Jun 16, 2008.
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- Sandora Irvin Playerfile – Stats, wnba.com, accessed Jun 16, 2008.
- Sandora Irvin signing with PDV, feb.es, accessed Jun 16, 2008.
- Irvin Joins TCU Women’s Basketball Staff, wnba.com, accessed Jun 16, 2008.