Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Following WNBA Season, Shay Doron Will Play in Israel

Once the WNBA season is over for Shay Doron (2003-07) and the New York Liberty, Shay has signed to play with Elitzur Ramle in Israel, according to the International Herald Tribune:
Shay Doron, the only Israeli ever to play in the Women's National Basketball Association, on Tuesday signed a contract with Israeli powerhouse Elitzur Ramle, and will begin playing for the defending champion this October following the conclusion of her rookie WNBA season.

The Jerusalem Post points out that because the Israeli league plays in the winter and the WNBA plays in the summer, Shay will be able to come back and play in the WNBA again next summer:
The WNBA season lasts for just three months during the summer, meaning Doron can combine the WNBA with the Israeli league which begins in November.

Although the Liberty made it into the postseason on Sunday with a win over the Chicago Sky, Doron has warmed the bench for most of her first season in the US, playing a total of just 35 minutes and scoring a combined 10 points in the team's 34 games this season.

For now, the New York Liberty are still alive in the WNBA playoffs, though some in Israel were hoping they would lose so that Shay can quickly join the Israeli national team. Shay had a tough rookie year in the WNBA, not getting much playing time while stuck at the bottom of the depth chart and the end of the bench in New York, according to the Baltimore Sun. Also worth noting, Shay Doron has her own official website.

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