ROCK, Ark.—After officially making the final roster of the WNBA
Tulsa Shock, UALR women’s basketball alum Chastity
Reed is busy preparing for the opening game at San Antonio against the
Silver Stars on Saturday. Reed became
the first UALR women’s basketball player to be drafted and play on a WNBA team.
Talk about making the team
and what that means to be on the official roster.
Reed: “I have been putting it off for a while
trying not to show any emotion, because I know I have had to work so hard. I found out, and I was like okay it is time
to get down to business. Everybody has
been asking me if I have been excited. I
have been excited, but I haven’t really had the chance to lay back and think
Are you excited about the
first game on Saturday?
Reed: “I am excited about it just as much as I am
excited to go to practice every day. It
really is not a difference to me. It is
another chance to play.”
How has it been playing
with Sheryl Swoopes and Marion Jones?
Reed: “Marion Jones is the sweetest person you are
ever going to meet. She has been helping
me since day one trying to learn the offense and help me with plays and
stuff. This is a different type of
offense than I have ever ran in my whole entire life, like constantly
running. I am going to be in the best
shape of my life when I leave here. As
far as [Sheryl] Swoopes, she gets into her groove, and I think I am going to
try and steal some moves from her, because she really is a legend.”
What made you decide to go
to the number 0?
Reed: “I was number 00 in high school in
Texas. I took the zero from that and the
zero from number 20.”
Just sum up what it means
to reach your dream of playing in the WNBA.
Reed: “Before my grandmother died, I always told
her I was going to buy her a house. That
I was going to take care of her. Since
she passed away, that went on to my mother.
I am just ecstatic that I am going to be able to take care of her. That is the main thing. I want to be able to be the rock for my
family and to be a rock for my team. This
is the highest level of basketball. I
want to be able to prove to myself that I can hang with anybody.”
After the Shock open up
Saturday in San Antonio, Tulsa plays in Minnesota on Tuesday, June 7. The Shock open the 2011 home season on
Friday, June 10 against San Antonio.
Tulsa Shock TV Schedule
June 14: at Indiana, ESPN2
July 10: at Phoenix, NBA TV
July 17: at New York, NBA TV
Aug. 14: at Minnesota, NBA TV
Aug. 26: at Los Angeles, NBA TV
Sept. 8: at Phoenix, NBA TV
Sept. 9: at Los Angeles, NBA TV
Sept. 11: vs. San Antonio, NBA TV