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Renee Montgomery
Renee Montgomery UConn.jpg
Renee Montgomery at Championship Dinner 2009
WNBA's Connecticut Sun  – No. 21
Guard
Born December 2, 1986 (1986-12-02) (age 23)
St. Albans, West Virginia
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 139 lb (63 kg)
College Connecticut
Draft 4th overall, 2009
Minnesota Lynx
WNBA career 2009–present
Profile WNBA Info Page
WNBA Teams
Minnesota Lynx (2009)
Connecticut Sun (2010-present)
Awards and Honors
2009 Honda Sports Award

Renee Danielle Montgomery, born on December 2, 1986 in West Virginia, is an American basketball player who played for the 2009 Undefeated National Champion UConn Huskies basketball team. She was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA in the 2009 WNBA Draft.[1] She current plays the point guard position for the Connecticut Sun.

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Biography

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High School

Renee 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.

Awards

  • 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[2]
  • 2009 Finalist for Honda-Broderick Cup[3]
  • 2009 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award[4]
  • 2009 Gazette Sportsperson of the Year[5]

College

She attended the University of Connecticut.

Freshman Year

She started 35 of the Huskies 37 games at point guard. Named 2006 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. Finished the 2006 season 32-5.

Sophomore Year

Renee started in all 36 games as the Huskies' point guard. Tallied double-figure points in 29 games, including four 20-point plus scoring efforts. led the team with a 13.3 scoring average and 163 assists. named first team All-BIG EAST. a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award. 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. Led the team in scoring with 419 points. The Huskies finished the season 32-4 and got knocked out in the Elite Eight for the second season in a row.

Junior Year

Renee 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. Named a Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist for the second consecutive season. Renee moved to shooting guard slot on Jan. 19 vs. Cincinnati, 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 a 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.

Senior Year

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. Finished her career in the Top Ten of many categories in the UConn women's basketball recordbooks including #1 in games played (150), #6 in career points (1,990), #6 in FG's (703), #4 in 3pt FG's (254), #9 in FT's (330), #3 in Assists (632), and #5 in Steals (266). Is the first Husky to be recognized in the "Huskies of Honor" while still playing in a Husky uniform.<ref="Honor"/>

University of Connecticut Statistics

Renee Montgomery Statistics<ref="stats"/><ref="stats2"/> at University of Connecticut
Year GP GS Min Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG FGA Pct FT FTA Pct OR DR Reb Avg PF FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts Avg
2005-06 37 35 1035 28 124 288 0.431 39 116 0.336 43 54 0.796 26 54 80 2.2 52 0 123 81 3 63 330 8.9
2006-07 36 36 1136 31.6 177 403 0.439 46 148 0.311 79 113 0.699 19 80 99 2.8 53 0 163 95 5 70 479 13.3
2007-08 38 38 1197 31.5 176 468 0.376 70 225 0.311 115 145 0.793 27 70 97 2.6 55 0 147 75 7 72 537 14.1
2008-09 39 39 1237 31.7 226 505 0.448 99 260 0.381 93 125 0.744 18 64 82 2.1 41 0 199 100 9 61 644 16.5
Totals 150 148 4605 30.7 703 1664 0.422 254 749 0.339 330 437 0.755 90 268 358 2.4 201 0 632 351 24 266 1990 13.3

Professional career

She was selected at #4 overall in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.

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.[6]

At the conclusion of the training camp, the team will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational.[6]

On January 12, 2010, Montgomery was traded to the Connecticut Sun in a deal that also involved Lindsay Whalen.

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