Tulsa Shock signs Tiffany Jackson-Jones
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
2/19/13 at 4:17 PM
It’s official. Tiffany Jackson-Jones will rejoin the Tulsa Shock for the 2013 season.
The WBNA franchise said Tuesday it has signed Jackson-Jones to a multi-year contract. The Texas native said last month she was hopeful of a contract that would allow her to “finish my career in Tulsa.”
Jackson-Jones was the Shock’s leading scorer (12.4) and rebounder (8.4) in 2011, but missed last season to have her first child. Marley Andre Jones was born Dec. 12 in Dallas.
She joined last month with Shock forward Scholanda Dorrell in modeling new uniforms when the team announced its marquee partnership with Osage Casino.
“I am so excited to get back on the court,” she said in a release from the team. “Most of all, I am happy to get to play here in Tulsa. There’s nowhere else I’d rather go. The direction this organization is going is what I want to be a part of.”
Jackson-Jones played high school basketball in Duncanville, Texas, and went on to a decorated career at the University of Texas, receiving national freshman of the year honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 2004.
Drafted fifth overall by the New York Liberty in 2007, Jackson played her first three full WNBA seasons in New York before coming to the Shock nine games into the 2010 season.
In 2011, she also led the Shock in minutes played (33.9 per game) and tied for second in balloting for the league’s most improved player.
“She embodies the kind of person and player we want to continue to built our team with,” Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said. “She is tough, relentless and physical on the court aned a wonderful role model for the Tulsa community.”
Tulsa Shock's Tiffany Jackson celebrates during their basketball game against the Connecticut Sun back in 2011. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World File