#TBT Q&A with Forward Plenette Pierson
You were drafted in 2003 by the Phoenix Mercury and traded in 2005 to the Detroit Shock. What were your thoughts heading into Detroit?
“I was excited. Their style of play really accentuated the way I play, so I was ready to go in there and figure everything out.”
You won championships with the Shock in 2006 and 2008. What were those playoff journeys like?
“It was an amazing feeling. All the hard work and the struggles we went through throughout the season, to bring that all together in the two championships was a great feeling.”
You returned to the Tulsa Shock last season and was named a 2015 All-Star. What did it mean to you to be an All-Star back with the Shock franchise?
“It meant a lot coming back to Tulsa. I didn’t want to leave in the first place, but things weren’t right with me and the organization the first time in Tulsa. They moved me, but coming back and being an All-Star in Tulsa was just an amazing feeling. I made a lot of friends when I was in Tulsa the first time, and it was great to do that again in front of them.”
You’ve had 13 years as a pro in the WNBA. To what do you credit your long and successful career?
“It’s my work ethic. Working hard, taking care of my body, and being steadfast. I’m one of those blue collar workers. I do all the little things in the game that no one else thinks about doing, and I’ve been successful doing it.”
What’s been your best memory of your career so far?
“Being an All-Star last year. I won it with Skylar (Diggins) and she helped me a lot throughout the season. Winning it with a great bunch of women means a lot.”
And finally, are you happy to be back in Texas?
“I’m definitely happy to be back in Texas! I’m at home. I have a lot of friends down here and I’m from right down the road in Houston. It’s definitely a great feeling to be back in Texas.”