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Alysha Clark
Clark at Madison Square Garden in 2015
Personal information
Born (1987-07-07) July 7, 1987 (age 34)
Denver, Colorado
NationalityAmerican / Israeli
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight167 lb (76 kg)
Career information
High schoolMount Juliet
(Mount Juliet, Tennessee)
College
WNBA draft2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Silver Stars
Playing career2010–present
PositionSmall forward
Career history
20122020Seattle Storm
2010–2011Hapoel Rishon LeZion
2011–2013A.S. Ramat HaSharon
2014–2016Maccabi Bnot Ashdod
2016–2017Adana ASKİ SK
2017–2018CCC Polkowice
2018–presentASVEL
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Alysha Angelica Clark (born July 7, 1987) is an American-Israeli professional basketball player who is currently a free agent in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted in the second round of the 2010 WNBA draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars. In 2018, Clark won a championship with the Seattle Storm as they swept the Mystics in the 2018 WNBA Finals, and in 2020 won her second championship as the Storm swept the Las Vegas Aces. She was also League MVP in 2018 when her team CCC Polkowice (Basketball) of Poland in the Basket Liga Kobiet Basketball won that League's Championship. In 2019, she won a Ligue Féminine de Basketball championship with her French team, Lyon Asvel. She is known for her swarming defense and clutch shooting.

Early life

Clark was born in Denver, Colorado to Jan and Duane Clark, who were both musicians. She is the younger sister of American Idol contestant Corey Clark. She is Jewish according to Jewish law and her mother's parents are Jewish.[1] However, she was baptized as a child and identifies as a Christian.[2]

Clark in 2018
Clark in 2018

The family later moved to her hometown of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, where she attended Mt. Juliet High School.[3]

College career

Before Clark attended Middle Tennessee State University, she played two years at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. At Belmont she helped the Lady Bruins to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2007. After two years she transferred to Middle Tennessee. Clark sat out the 2007–08 season, as required by NCAA rules for transfer students. In 2008-09 she averaged a national best and school-record 27.5 points per game. The following year she averaged 28.3 points per game to lead the nation among Division I schools.[4] At Middle Tennessee she earned Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.[5]

Professional career

Clark was drafted with the 17th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars,[6] but did not make a roster that year or in 2011. In 2012, she signed with the Seattle Storm.[7]

In 2018, Clark started every game of the Storm's WNBA Championship run. In Seattle's Western Conference Finals series against the Phoenix Mercury, Clark was the Storm's main choice to guard Diana Taurasi, and in the decisive Game 5, she also logged a double-double with 13 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.[8] In the Storm's championship-clinching win in the WNBA Finals against the Washington Mystics, Clark led the team in playing time, and added 15 points.[9]

In February 2021, Clark signed with the Washington Mystics, but was ruled out of playing during the 2021 WNBA season due to a Lisfranc injury received while playing in France.[10]

Career statistics

WNBA

Source[11]

Legend
  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 Clark won a WNBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2012 Seattle 23 0 10.3 .547 .450 .706 2.0 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.8 3.4
2013 Seattle 33 0 15.3 .453 .390 .760 2.5 0.4 0.4 0.2 1.1 4.0
2014 Seattle 34° 22 16.5 .448 .246 .696 2.1 0.6 0.5 0.3 0.7 4.2
2015 Seattle 33 31 23.1 .544 .353 .775 3.7 1.2 0.7 0.2 1.1 6.9
2016 Seattle 33 32 27.6 .484 .387 .847 3.7 1.9 0.7 0.1 1.3 9.0
2017 Seattle 33 33 28.3 .525 .328 .745 4.2 1.6 0.7 0.1 1.0 8.2
2018 Seattle 31 30 26.2 .480 .392 .846 3.5 1.9 1.0 0.1 1.2 7.4
2019 Seattle 31 30 28.4 .481 .481 .818 4.7 2.5 1.1 0.5 1.5 9.6
2020 Seattle 22° 22° 28.8 .558 .522 .800 4.2 2.7 1.5 0.5 0.9 10.0
Career 9 years, 1 team 273 200 22.9 .500 .398 .787 3.4 1.4 0.7 0.2 1.1 6.9

Postseason

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2013 Seattle 2 0 18.5 .455 .333 1.000 5.0 0.5 0.0 0.7 0.5 7.0
2016 Seattle 1 1 28.0 .333 .000 1.000 2.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 8.0
2017 Seattle 1 1 26.0 .667 1.000 5.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 6.0
2018 Seattle 8 8 35.0 .500 .458 .875 5.9 2.6 0.5 0.3 0.6 8.5
2019 Seattle 2 2 28.5 .143 .200 .857 3.5 1.0 2.0 0.5 2.5 4.5
2020 Seattle 6 6 30.5 .453 .348 1.000 6.5 3.2 0.7 0.7 0.7 10.3
Career 6 years, 1 team 20 18 30.6 .451 .373 .926 5.5 2.3 0.7 0.4 0.9 8.4

College

Source[12]

Legend
  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
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005-06 Belmont 30 599 54.3 22.7 74.5 10.9 1.3 1.7 0.5 20.0
2006-07 Belmont 30 510 58.0 36.4 74.4 12.7 1.9 2.2 0.5 17.0
2007–08 Middle Tennessee redshirt/transfer
2008-09 Middle Tennessee 34 935 60.7 41.4 79.0 9.8 2.1 2.1 0.6 27.5
2009-10 Middle Tennessee 29 821 61.4 32.1 77.7 11.6 3.4 2.4 0.7 28.3
Career 123 2865 59.0 33.3 76.6 11.2 2.2 2.1 0.6 23.3

See also

References

  1. ^ "Basketball / Profile / Welcome to the club - Haaretz - Israel News". Haaretz.com. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Calm In The Storm". Fellowship of Christian Athletes. July 7, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "MJHS Alumni Clark drafted in the WNBA". Archived from the original on May 19, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  4. ^ "NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Records Through 2013-14" (PDF). NCAA. p. 15. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "Alysha Clark's amazing journey". The City Paper. Nashville. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Clark Shooting for Silver Stardom". Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  7. ^ "Clark evolves into star for Seattle Storm". ESPN.com. September 9, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  8. ^ "SEA vs PHO". WNBA Stats. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "SEA vs WAS". WNBA Stats. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Diaz, Greydy (April 2, 2021). "Mystics announce that Alysha Clark had successful foot surgery". Bullets Forever. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  11. ^ "Alysha Clark Career Statistics". wnba.com. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  12. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved October 2, 2015.