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Warley Off to Strong Start with WNBA's Mercury
The all-time leading rebounder in Liberty and Big South Conference history, Avery Warley has displayed the same rebounding aptitude during her first 19 games with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. The 2012 Liberty graduate ranks No. 13 in the league with 6.3 rpg.
Warley's presence in the paint has been one of the few constants for a Mercury team which has been hit hard by injuries so far in the 2012 campaign. She is one of only five Mercury players who has appeared in all 19 games, and the undrafted free agent made her first career start July 13 against Seattle.
Warley ranks second in rebounding on both her team and among WNBA rookies. On the Mercury, the Washington, D.C. native trails only DeWanna Bonner's 7.2 rpg. Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, is the leading rebounder among first-year players, with 7.6 rpg.
Warley has been efficient within her 18.7 minutes per game of playing time. Her 13.5 rebounds per 40 minutes rank No. 4 in the WNBA, and she is also shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the foul line.
The first standout performance of Warley's career came in her home opener at the US Airways Center on May 26. That day, she totaled nine points and nine rebounds in just 17 minutes against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Warley tossed in 10 points off the bench on June 29, helping the Mercury notch an 84-81 road win at Chicago. On July 8 at Seattle, Warley finished with eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
After an extended break for the London Olympics, the 4-15 Mercury will resume the WNBA season August 16, with a game at Seattle tipping off at 10 p.m. Eastern.
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"Phoenix Mercury rookie Avery Warley a rebound 'magnet'" (from the Arizona Republic)