Pierson in 2019
|Born||August 31, 1981|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Kingwood (Kingwood, Texas)|
|College||Texas Tech (1999–2003)|
|WNBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Mercury|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||54, 23, 33, 22|
|2006–2010||Detroit / Tulsa Shock|
|2006–2007||Elitzur Achva Ramla|
|2010–2014||New York Liberty|
|2011–2012||Maccabi Bnot Ashdod|
|2012–2014||Good Angels Košice|
|2014–2015||Cheongju KB Stars|
|2015–2016||Tulsa Shock / Dallas Wings|
|2016–2017||Cheongju KB Stars|
|2019–present||Minnesota Lynx (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Plenette Michelle Pierson (born August 31, 1981) is a retired American professional basketball player who last played for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). In the 2007 season, Pierson won the first ever Sixth Woman of the Year Award given in the WNBA. Pierson is currently an assistant coach with the Minnesota Lynx.
Texas Tech statistics
|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|
Pierson was drafted fourth overall by the Phoenix Mercury in 2003 WNBA Draft. Midway through the 2005 season, Pierson was traded to the Detroit Shock. In the 2006 season, the Shock were a championship contender as they finished second in the Eastern Conference with a 23-11 record. They would advance all the way to the finals and defeat the Sacramento Monarchs in five games. The following season, Pierson would win the first ever WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Award given by the league for her scoring and rebounding efforts off the bench, averaging 11.9 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. Coinciding with her efforts, the Shock were in the hunt to win back-to-back championships with the number one seed in the eastern conference and another trip to the Finals, but were defeated by the Phoenix Mercury in five game series. The following season, the Shock made it to the Finals for the third year in a row, this time winning their second championship in three years, after sweeping the San Antonio Silver Stars in the Finals. However, the following season, Pierson would only play one game and missed the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.
In 2010, the Detroit Shock franchise relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma and were renamed the Tulsa Shock. In the 2010 season, Pierson would play 8 games for the Shock before being traded to the New York Liberty where she played for the rest of the season. In the 2011 season, Pierson averaged a career-high in scoring with 12.9 points per game in the Liberty's starting lineup. She would continue to play with Liberty until 2014.
In 2015, Pierson returned to the Tulsa Shock in free agency. She played 30 games with 29 starts, averaged 12.8 points per game and was voted as an all-star for the first time in her career. In 2016, the Shock relocated to Dallas, Texas and were renamed the Dallas Wings. She played and started in 27 games and averaged 11.9 points per game.
On February 1, 2017, Pierson signed with the Minnesota Lynx in free agency. On August 18, 2017, Pierson announced that she would retire at the end of the season. During the season, Pierson would contribute off the bench for the Lynx, averaging 5.2 points per game. The Lynx finished with the best record in the league with a 27-7 record, earning the number 1 seed and a double-bye to the WNBA semi-finals. The Lynx would eliminate the Washington Mystics in a 3-game sweep of the WNBA semi-finals and would advance to the 2017 WNBA Finals, making it Pierson's fourth career Finals appearance. The Lynx would defeat the Los Angeles Sparks in 5 games to avenge last season's Finals loss, as Pierson won her third WNBA championship.
In the 2005-06 WNBA off-season, Pierson played in Italy for Coconuda Maddaloni. In the 2006-07 WNBA off-season, Pierson played in Israel for Elitzur Ramla. In the 2007-08 WNBA off-season, Pierson played in Russia for Dynamo Moscow. In the 2011-12 WNBA off-season, Pierson played in Israel for Maccabi Bnot Ashdod. From 2012 to 2014, Pierson played two off-seasons in Slovakia for Good Angels Košice. In the 2014-15 WNBA off-season, Pierson played in Italy for Passalacqua Ragusa. In August 2016, Pierson signed with the Cheongju KB Stars of the Korean League for the 2016-17 WNBA 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 Pierson won a WNBA championship|
|2012||New York||26||24||24.7||.466||. 278||.759||5.4||2.3||0.7||0.8||2.3||12.0|
|Career||15 years, 4 teams||444||194||22.2||.439||.302||.744||4.1||1.5||0.7||0.5||1.7||9.6|
|Career||9 years, 4 teams||49||11||19.2||.444||.364||.698||4.2||1.4||0.5||0.6||1.6||8.0|
Pierson was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in nearby Kingwood, Texas. She is the daughter of Paulette Pierson and has a younger brother, Cleven and another brother Vontriel. She attended Kingwood High School, from which she graduated in 1999.
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- "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
- "Minnesota Retires Rachel Banham's No. 1 Jersey - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA". WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "Minnesota's Plenette Pierson to Retire After 2017 Season - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA". WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- Gamecenter Player Profile
- "2016-2017 WNBA Overseas Signings - Women's Basketball 24.7". Women's Basketball 24.7. August 22, 2016. Archived from the original on September 30, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.