Shock's leading scorer Tiffany Jones will miss 2012 season
BY Staff Reports
Monday, April 30, 2012
4/30/12 at 5:10 PM
Tiffany Jones (formerly Jackson) will miss the entire 2012 WNBA season as she and her husband are expecting their first child this winter, the Tulsa Shock announced.
Jones led the Shock in scoring (12.4), rebounding (8.4) and minutes played (33.9) last season and finished second in league balloting for most improved player.
She was a no-show for training camp, which started Sunday.
“We’re letting her stay out for personal reasons, and we’re waiting to see what develops,” head coach Gary Kloppenburg said at the time.
In a Shock release Monday, Kloppenburg said, “Obviously we are going to miss her rebounding, energy and veteran leadership but we drafted a couple young forwards that can contribute in the front court. We are excited for Tiffany and look forward to having her return next season.”
In the same release, Jones said, "It is a very exciting time for my family and I as we prepare for the birth of our first child. I’m extremely sad that I won’t be joining my team on the court this season but I hope to attend many games in Tulsa to support my new and old teammates. I will be cheering them on from a distance and look forward to them having a great 2012 season.”
Shock president Steve Swetoah said, “We are extremely happy for Tiffany and look forward to having a new member join the Shock family this winter.”
Jackson started 32 of 34 games for the Shock and led the team in scoring 10 times, rebounds 21 times and assists five times. She also finished the season as one of only 12 players in the league who made more than 100 free-throws. She finished second in the league’s most improved player award voting.
Tiffany Jones led the Shock in scoring (12.4), rebounding (8.4) and minutes played (33.9) last season. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World