Thursday sees two personnel transactions for Tulsa Shock

Days before the start of the 2013 WNBA season, the Tulsa Shock has finalized its opening day roster. The team waived Courtney Paris, with official word arriving late in the day, to solidify the 11-person roster. The opening day on-the-court roster is as follows:

No. Name Position Ht. Wt. College Year

1 Riquna Williams Guard 5'7 165 Miami (Fl.) 1

2 Candice Wiggins Guard 5'11 147 Stanford 5

4 Skylar Diggins Guard 5'9 145 Notre Dame R

8 Elizabeth Cambage Center 6'8 215 Australia 1

10 Angel Goodrich Guard 5'4 127 Kansas R

14 Kayla Pedersen Forward 6'4 190 Stanford 2

15 Roneeka Hodges Guard 5'11 165 Florida State 8

21 Jennifer Lacy Forward 6'3 175 Pepperdine 7

25 Glory Johnson Forward 6'3 170 Tennessee 1

28 Nicole Powell Forward 6'2 170 Stanford 9

33 Tiffany Jackson-Jones Forward 6'3 185 Texas 5

Also announced today was a coaching staff change. Assistant coach Kathy McConnell-Miller, who has been with the organization since the Theresa Edwards regime, is leaving Tulsa to become associate head coach for the University of Pittsburgh's women's basketball program. The Steel City native joins her sister, Susie McConnell-Serio, who was named head coach of the Panthers last month. McConnell-Miller's last day with the Shock will be Monday's season-opening contest against the Washington Mystics.

"This is a bittersweet day for me on many levels," Shock President Steve Swetoha said in a release. "Being a Pittsburgh native I know that going home and the opportunity to coach with her sister is a once in a life-time opportunity for Kathy and we're very supportive of her decision. The University of Pittsburgh is not only getting a great basketball coach, they are also getting a solid person who is loyal, committed and passionate about her job."

"Kathy will be greatly missed by all in the Tulsa Shock family," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "She has been instrumental in helping us get the franchise headed in the right direction both on and off the court. More importantly though, through the tough times and the good, she has been a true and loyal friend to me. I speak for our coaching staff in wishing her the best in her new coaching endeavor at the University of Pittsburgh."

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