In a move made possible by Sancho Lyttle's return to the Spanish National Team, the Atlanta Dream announced the signing of center Courtney Paris. Paris is a former star at Oklahoma and most recently played with the Sacramento Monarchs in 2009 where she averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds while appearing in 33 games. Most recently she was in training camp with the Los Angeles Sparks but was waived prior to the start of the season.
Paris was the seventh overall selection by Sacramento in the 2009 WNBA Draft. She helped lead Oklahoma to the Final Four as a senior and became the first collegiate player, male or female, to total more than 2,500 points and 2,000 rebounds in a career. She was a four time All-American selection while playing for the Sooners.
Paris will provide depth to the Atlanta front line. Alison Bales made her first start of the season in Lyttle's absence and Sandora Irvin saw an increase in playing time as well.
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