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Getting schooled with Ivory Latta

Ivory Latta's path to play for Tulsa began in preseason camp, took a detour when she was released on May 12th and got back on track on July 5th. Latta played 18 games with the Shock, averaging 12.4 points and 3.9 assists per game. [season and career statistics]

What I learned in 2010:

About myself -

Oh man, I have grown as a basketball player, as a young lady. Definitely on the court I have matured, because this is actually one of the years I've actually played a lot and tried to come in and make a contribution to this team. I'm learning more about basketball every single day, and also from Coach Richardson, he's one of the great coaches - just trying to do the things he wants me to do and be perfect at it.

About my game -

Just how much I can try to impact the team. To bring enthusiasm, a smile and an energy. They call me the energizer bunny, so as long as I know I'm impacting in such a way for my teammates to go out there and play hard every single night then I did my job. I definitely learned that I definitely can be that leader that I'm known to be in my past years. I'm definitely that leader.

About my teammates -

My teammates, I love them, they're so cool. Through all this ups and downs that we've been having, everybody still trying to keep a smile on their face. We always say positive things to try and keep each other up and we know that we're going to go out there and fight hard for each other day in and day out. In spite of the results, we've still got to continue to go out there and play hard.

About the coaches -

They have a lot on their hands. They can't hold their heads down also, because it's somewhat like we're starting a whole new organization, so they're doing whatever they can to get us to that point where we'll be able to compete day in and day out. We've got to finish strong and continue to go into the next season.

About Tulsa -

Tulsa's pretty cool. Tulsa's somewhat similar to South Carolina, they've just got more buildings. That's just how I see it. I'm used to the country and the fans and the community, they're pretty acceptable to us being here, so it's cool.

My fondest memory -

Definitely beating Seattle here. That was definitely a great moment for us; especially for the organization, but also for the fans because they were waiting for a win and to get a win over the No. 1 team in the WNBA, that was great.

My toughest memory -

I'd say the toughest was probably losing at Seattle. To be honest, I've never in my life lost like that. In my whole entire life. It was very upsetting, it was very tough.

My offseason plans -

I'm going to Israel to play. Me and Tiffany Jackson are going to play on the same team, we're going to the Holy Land. I've been there before so I'm used to everything.