PHOENIX - The two-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury today signed Polish center Ewelina Kobryn (e-well-E-nuh CO-brun) and Latvian guard Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (ah-NET YAKE-ab-sone zuh-GO-tuh), the team has announced.
Kobryn is a two-year WNBA veteran whose rights were originally acquired from Seattle on March 27, and who currently plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia, the team for which Mercury Head Coach Sandy Brondello coaches and for which Mercury guard Diana Taurasi plays overseas. The 6-4, 201-pound center, who has played internationally since 2002, has averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in EuroLeague play this season, and has shot 54.1 percent from the floor (8.9 points, 4.0 rebounds in Russian League play).
Kobryn, who goes by "Ewa," has played 51 career games in the WNBA, all with Seattle in 2011 (18 games) and 2012 (33 games). The 31-year-old averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds, both career highs, in 33 games (six starts) for the Storm in 2012.
Jekabsone-Zogota is a two-year WNBA veteran who last played in the league in 2010, and who also currently plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. The 5-9 guard is a career 37.5-percent three-point shooter in the WNBA, who this season has shot 40.0 percent from long range in Euroleague play and 51.6 percent from three-point distance in Russian League play. Jekabsone-Zogota owns career WNBA averages of 8.5 points in 21.2 minutes in 47 games (30 starts), all with Connecticut.
In addition to currently playing for Brondello and alongside Taurasi, Jekabsone-Zogota played with new Mercury point guard Erin Phillips while the pair was in Connecticut in 2009.
A founding member of the longest-running, most successful women's basketball league in the world, this summer the Phoenix Mercury begins its 18th WNBA season. Behind Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, the sport's two highest profile athletes, the Mercury's chase for the franchise's third WNBA championship begins May 17. Secure your tickets today by logging on to PhoenixMercury.com or calling 602.252.WNBA.