The Connecticut Sun have continued to impress the league with their stunning play. One such player from the team who consistently plays well is Renee Montgomery.
She is arguably one of the top guards on the team. With her on the team, the Sun has a better chance at getting to the WNBA Championships.
About Renee Montgomery
Renee Montgomery started making a name for herself in high school. She attended South Charleston High School where she averaged 22.5 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals per game, while leading her team to the West Virginia Class AAA Finals.
She won numerous awards in high school including becoming a 2005 McDonald’s All-American, AP West Virginia Girls High School Player of the Year, and 2005 West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year. After her senior season she signed a Letter of Intent to play at the University of Connecticut.
While she was at the University of Connecticut she immediately showed her worth to the team. She started 35 of 37 games and was honored with the 2006 Big East Freshman of the Year award. Montgomery’s sophomore season once again showcased her talents, as she was the Huskies’ starting point guard in all 36 games. She led the team scoring 13.3 points per game and 163 assists for the season.
Montgomery helped take her team to the Elite Eight but was defeated for the second year in a row. She was named to the All-Big East First Team.
Montgomery’s junior year was one of transition as she was asked to move to a shooting guard to fill in for an injured teammate who would be out all season.
This didn’t stop her and she was still named to the All-Big East First Team, All-Big East Tournament Team, and went to the Final Four. In her last season with UConn, Montgomery led her team to an overall record of 39-0 and her first and only National Championship. She finished her collegiate career with 1,990 points, 703 field goals, 632 assists and 266 steals.
The Minnesota Lynx chose Montgomery as the No. 4 pick in the WNBA Draft. She was chosen to the All-Rookie Team and averaged 9 points per game.
Last season was tough all around for Connecticut. While Montgomery continued to play well, they didn’t extend their season as much as they would’ve liked. This was the first time in team history that they were eliminated and didn’t make it to any sort of postseason play.
As for Montgomery, she tried to contribute as much as she could. Of the 34 total games played, Montgomery started 23 and averaged 27.6 minutes per game. She ended the season averaging 13.3 points per game.
In addition to this she also had 4.1 assists per game, 2.2 rebounds per game, and 1.4 steals per game. As far as her shooting percentages go, she was averaging 40.1% from the field, 85.5% from the free throw line, and 34.9% from the three-point line. Montgomery has been in the WNBA for 2 seasons and if comparing her stats from her first season to her second season, she has improved in almost all categories.