Stephens rebounds with Shock of WNBA
From Staff Reports

May 18, 2004 -- Winnsboro's Stacy Stephens has signed with the Detroit Shock of the WNBA after being a training camp casualty of the Houston Comets, who drafted her.

Stephens, a four-year starter for the University of Texas after a four-year All-State career at Winnsboro, was cut by the Comets on May 9, but immediately picked up by the Shock, which is coached by former Pistons center Bill Laimbeer.

The Shock won the WNBA championship last year and return all five starters.

Stacy's father, Robert Stephens, said Laimbeer called her personally and offered her a chance to make the roster. Laimbeer, who is both coach and general manager of the team, was the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2003.

In her first game with the Shock Monday night, an 80-69 win over the Chinese national team, Stephens scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes of play.

"I thought Stacy Stephens played well," Laimbeer said. "I was proven correct in what I thought: she is a player that can play very well with great players."

Stephens is battling for one of two remaining spots on the Shock's roster. The team has 15 players and must get down to 12 by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

"Laimbeer played a lot like Stacy plays," Robert Stephens said of the physical center who was a member of the Pistons' two NBA championships in the 1980s. "He was very upfront with her and told her what the situation was. I think he reminded her a lot of Buddy (Hawkins, her coach at Winnsboro)."

The Comets drafted Stephens in the third round, but her father said Stacy did not fit in with their style of play.

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