UTA Women's Basketball
Oct 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Shereka Wright, Head Coach
UTA Women's Basketball

Former WNBA player and Power 5 Associate Head Coach Shereka Wright was named UTA’s 10th head women’s basketball coach on Sept. 4, 2020 by Director of Athletics Jim Baker.
 
In her rookie campaign as a head coach, Wright led the Lady Mavs through an interesting season that saw multiple stoppages due to COVID, COVID opt-outs, injuries and games postponed/canceled. Wright and the Lady Mavericks finished the season with a 13-7 overall record and 11-4 record in Sun Belt Conference play.
 
Wright secured her first career win in the 2020-21 season opener against Texas A&M-Commerce at College Park Center on Nov. 25. UTA went on to earn the West Division’s No. 2 seed in the SBC Tourney, falling to App State in Quarterfinals.
 
Despite the challenges that were thrown their way in 2020-21, Wright and the Lady Mavs led the Sun Belt in scoring defense (54.0 ppg), field goal percentage defense (34.8%) and three-point percentage defense (26.7%) and ranked top-3 in scoring margin (2nd; +7.0), three-point percentage (3rd; 32.3%), assists (2nd; 14.9 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (2nd; 0.9).

 

Despite the challenges that were thrown their way in 2020-21, Wright and the Lady Mavs led the Sun Belt in scoring defense (54.0 ppg), field goal percentage defense (34.8%) and three-point percentage defense (26.7%) and ranked top-3 in scoring margin (2nd; +7.0), three-point percentage (3rd; 32.3%), assists (2nd; 14.9 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (2nd; 0.9).
 
In the national rankings, the 2020-21 edition of the Lady Mavs ranked in the Top-50 nationally in multiple categories, including scoring defense (10th), field-goal percentage (12th) and three-point percentage defense (20th).
 
Wright – a Texas High School Hall of Fame member and former longtime assistant coach at Texas Tech – brings her impressive resume to the Lady Mavericks after spending two seasons (2018-20) with Vanderbilt, five years at Alabama (2013-18) and seven campaigns in Lubbock (2006-13).
 
Wright was selected as the 13th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock after a stellar career at Purdue. She was traded to the Phoenix Mercury on draft night, and spent two seasons with them until an injury brought her professional playing career to an end in 2006.
 
A prolific player, Wright remains to this day the only three-time All-American in Purdue women’s basketball history. She was just the third Boilermaker in program history to be named All-Big Ten First Team on three occasions, and was a finalist for National Player of the Year as both a junior and senior. As a freshman in 2001, Wright was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
 
Wright amassed 2,251 points (2nd in Purdue history) and 793 rebounds (7th) over the course of her career, to go with 177 blocked shots (10th), 291 assists (17th) and 129 steals. Her 350 offensive rebounds are the most in school history. Wright made and attempted more free throws than any player in Big Ten history, going 776 for 1,071 from the line.
 
Throughout her four-year career, Purdue appeared in four NCAA tournaments, advancing to the National Championship Final in 2001, the Elite Eight in 2003 and the Sweet Sixteen in 2004. Purdue won two Big Ten regular-season titles (2001, 2002) and a pair of Big Ten Tournament crowns (2003, 2004) with Wright being named Most Outstanding Player both times.
 
Wright, who graduated from Purdue in 2004 with a degree in health and fitness, was inducted into the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year.
 
As a high school player, Wright set Copperas Cove records with 3,269 points, 1,148 rebounds and 220 blocks. At the time of her graduation, she was just the 36th player in the country and only the 4th Texan to record 3,000 points in a high school career.