Sandora Irvin

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Sandora Irvin
Personal information
Born (1982-02-23) February 23, 1982 (age 35)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Fort Lauderdale
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
College TCU (2001–2005)
WNBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Phoenix Mercury
Playing career 2005–present
Position Forward
Career history
2005–2006 Phoenix Mercury
2007–2008 San Antonio Silver Stars
2010 Chicago Sky
2011 Atlanta Dream

Sandora Lavett Irvin (born February 23, 1982[1]) 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Irvin is the daughter of Daughn Irvin and Angela Hollis and is the niece of former Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver Michael Irvin and a cousin Trevis Graham who played for the golden golfers.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[2] 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.[2]

TCU statistics[edit]

Source[4]

Legend
  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
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001-02 TCU 31 335 42.6 57.1 63.2 9.5 1.2 1.6 2.7 10.8
2002-03 TCU 33 396 41.9 20.0 69.2 9.7 1.1 1.2 3.9 12.0
2003-04 TCU 30 504 51.0 47.1 65.4 12.2 1.5 1.8 3.9 16.8
2004-05 TCU 33 657 45.7 38.1 73.3 11.8 2.1 2.5 4.5 19.9
Career TCU 127 1892 45.6 39.2 68.4 10.8 1.5 1.8 3.8 14.9

WNBA career[edit]

Phoenix Mercury[edit]

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.[5]

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.[5]

San Antonio Silver Stars[edit]

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.[5] 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.[5] She was waived by the San Antonio Silver Stars on May 12, 2009.

Chicago Sky[edit]

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.[5] She was waived by the Chicago Sky on July 22, 2010.

International career[edit]

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.[6]

Off the court[edit]

In 2007 Irvin joined her alma mater’s, Texas Christian University, women’s basketball staff as Director of Operations.[7]

WNBA career statistics[edit]

Correct as of May 2008[5]
Regular season Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG PPG
2005 Phoenix 12 0 10.2 0.318 0.500 0.800 1.3 1.5 2.8 0.4 3.7
2006 Phoenix 7 0 5.4 0.154 0.000 0.600 0.3 1.1 1.4 0.1 1.0
2007 San Antonio 23 0 5.6 0.310 0.000 0.500 0.7 1.0 1.7 0.3 1.2
2008 San Antonio 21 0 5.5 0.321 0.250 0.636 0.5 1.2 1.7 0.1 1.2
2010 Chicago 18 1 7.6 0.467 0.143 0.667 0.6 0.8 1.4 0.2 1.9
Career 81 1 6.7 0.331 0.231 0.690 0.7 1.1 1.8 0.2 1.7

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sandora Irvin Playerfile – Bio, wnba.com, accessed Jun 16, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Sandora Irvin – Bio, gofrogs.cstv.com, accessed Jun 16, 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=101620&SPID=12537&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=21400&ATCLID=1498237&Q_SEASON=2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Sandora Irvin Playerfile – Stats, wnba.com, accessed Jun 16, 2008.
  6. ^ Sandora Irvin signing with PDV, feb.es, accessed Jun 16, 2008.
  7. ^ Irvin Joins TCU Women’s Basketball Staff, wnba.com, accessed Jun 16, 2008.

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