Selected in the 3rd round (30th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft.
Finished her third season in Minnesota by averaging 11.8 ppg and 4.1 rpg while logging 22.3 mpg… Shot a career-low 41.6% from
the floor, but ranked 19th in the WNBA by hitting 36.5% (46-for-126) from three-point distance… Played in all 34 contests, running her
consecutive games streak to 77… Started eight times, including the first four and final three games of the season; she averaged
17.0 ppg (43.2%) and 6.5 ppg in 32.8 mpg as a starter… Ranked 28th in the WNBA in scoring, 25th in steals (1.26 spg) and 28th in
blocks (0.56 bpg)… Posted season highs in minutes (39:08) and assists (four) Aug. 22 at Indiana… Tallied a game-high 24 points
Aug. 12 vs. Los Angeles, one of seven 20+ efforts on the season (13 career) and one of nine times she was Minnesota's leading
scorer; she reached double figures on 17 occasions… The Aug. 20 game at L.A. was the 100th of her career; she went over the
1000-career-point mark Aug. 1 vs. Seattle… Equaled career highs with her 26 points and 13 rebounds July 29 at Phoenix, her lone
double-double of the season (sixth career)… Collected 23 points May 23 vs. Tulsa; she also tied career highs in blocks (three) and
three-pointers (four) in that game, while the four steals were one shy of her career best.
WNBA CAREER CAPSULE
2009: Celebrated her second season in Minnesota by being selected to play in the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game, held July 25 in
Connecticut... She contributed 16 points (on 7-for-10 shooting), six rebounds and three steals for the Western Conference, which
took home a 130-118 victory... Played in all 34 games for the Lynx, starting 33; the lone bench appearance came Aug. 19 at Los
Angeles... Averaged 13.1 ppg (good for 21st in the league) and 5.5 rpg (23rd) while playing 23.3 mpg; she shot 46.5% from the floor
and 72.7% from the FT line... Finished the season 23- for-69 (33.3%) from beyond the arc, after not attempting a single trey as a
rookie; she ranked 9th in the league in three-point accuracy (45.7%) at the All-Star Break, but tailed off to 20.6% (7-for-34)
afterwards... Was Minnesota's leading scorer eight times (including five 20+ efforts) and top rebounder on eight occasions... Pulled
in a season-high 12 rebounds July 15 vs. Atlanta; she collected four double-doubles overall, equaling the fourth-best single-season
total in franchise history... Scored a game-high 22 points Sept. 5 vs. Seattle, her lone 20+ effort at Target Center; she also dished a
game-high four assists (one of five times she led) while getting to the FT line a season-high nine times... Picked off a career-high five
steals Aug. 23 at New York, and swiped 22 steals in her final 12 outings; for the year, she ranked 23rd in the WNBA in steals (1.26
spg) as well as 24th in blocked shots (0.62 bpg) and 20th in FG accuracy (46.5%)... Blocked a career-best three shots July 22 at
Phoenix (also June 27 vs. Phoenix), and handed out a career-high five assists June 16 at Sacramento... Erupted for a career-high 26
points July 12 at San Antonio; she averaged 14.9 ppg (46.2%) in 17 road outings... Scored 23 points June 7 at Indiana, shooting 8-
for-8 from the floor in the first half to match Seimone Augustus' franchise record.... 2008: Concluded her first season in Minnesota
as the 4th-leading scorer among WNBA rookies... Averaged 8.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 17.6 mpg, and ranked 9th in the league in fieldgoal
accuracy at 49.2%... Saw action in 33 games (all off the bench), missing the July 25 contest vs. San Antonio due to a bone
bruise on her left knee; she returned from that injury to tally 15 points July 27 vs. Los Angeles... Topped the Lynx in scoring five
times (including three of the final four games) and in rebounding on five occasions, while racking up 13 contests with 10+ points...
Debuted with a season-high 21 points (in just 16:28) May 18 vs. Detroit, hitting 9-for-12 from the field... Claimed her lone doubledouble
of the year May 31 vs. Phoenix; her 13 rebounds match the fifth-highest total in franchise history... Tied season bests in
steals (three) and blocks (two) Sept. 7 at Sacramento... Handed out a season-high four assists (in a season-high 28:00) June 20 at
Detroit, and finished with a game-high nine rebounds June 6 at Connecticut... Tallied 12.5 ppg (on 53.8% shooting) over her final 11
appearances, boosting that to 18.5 ppg and 66.7% accuracy (30-for-45) with 6.0 rpg and 2.00 spg in the last four.
Closed out her UConn career with an average of 9.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 139 games ... Named Associated
Press All-America Honorable Mention (2007, 2008) ... Spent the summer of 2007 playing for the USA Pan American Games Team,
which became the first U.S. squad to capture the gold medal at the Pan American Games since 1987 ... Finished her career at
UConn ranked 22nd among school’s career scoring leaders with 1,365 points ... Totaled 132 blocks in her career, which ranks
eighth best in UConn career annals ... 2007-08: Finished her senior season with an average of 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1
assists per game ... Averaged 11.3 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting a teambest .640 from the field over UConn’s three-game
run to the 2008 Big East Tournament Championship ... Named 2008 Big East Tournament “Most Outstanding Player”... tallied first
double-double of season with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. Louisville in the Big East Tournament Final (3/11) ... 2006-07:
Appeared in all 36 games, making 35 starts ... Posted six double-doubles ... Tallied double-figure points in 25 games, including four
20-point-plus scoring efforts ... Ranked third on the squad with averages of 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds ... Ranked 26th among Big
East scoring leaders at 12.5 ppg ... Her 7.0 rebounding average ranked third on the squad and 16th in the Big East ... Shot .542
from the field, good for fifth-best among Big East leaders ... Also registered totals among the conference leaders in steals
(15th/1.89 spg) and blocks (13th/1.08 bpg) ... Second Team All-Big East choice ... Selected to the 2007 Big East All-Tournament
Team ... Was a finalist for the Naismith Award ... Became the 28th player in UConn history to reach the 1,000-point milestone...
2005-06: Named a member of the Big East Honorable Mention Team for the 2005-06 season ... Played in 33 games with four of
those appearances in a starting role ... Averaged 9.5 points per game as a sophomore while shooting .527 from the field ... Ranked
15th among Big East leaders in blocks (30) ... Named to the Naismith Award Watch List ... Posted double-figure points 16 times ...
2004-05: Appeared in all 33 games of her freshman season while making 12 starts ... Named third Team All- Big East ... Selected to
Big East All-Freshman Team ... A three-time Big East Freshman of the Week choice ... Posted double-figure points 20 times, including
three 20-plus point efforts ... Led Huskies in blocks (49) and steals (51) ... Ranked second on the team with 78 rebounds ... Ranked
fifth among Big East leaders in blocks (1.48) and 15th in steals (1.6).
Born on Apr. 10, 1986 in San Diego, Calif... Full name is Charde Lakishia Houston... The daughter of Dorothy Green and Terry
Houston... Founded Project Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Project Y.O.U.), a non-profit organization dedicated to society’s future. The
purpose of Project Y.O.U. is to educate, motivate and empower today’s youth to uphold the torch of excellence in school and in life...
Also founded the Women of Strength organization... Graduated from UConn in May 2008 with a degree in Sociology... Became the
all-time leading scorer in California high school history (3,837 points), breaking Cheryl Miller's previous mark of 3,446... Named to
the McDonald's, WBCA and Street & Smith's All-American teams in 2004 after posting a 34.6 ppg scoring average in her senior
season at San Diego H.S... Lists "Pursuit of Happiness" as her favorite movie... Her hobbies include reading, writing and cooking.