PHOENIX – The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury have re-signed guard Shey Peddy, the team announced today.
Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman: “Through hard work and a tremendous attitude, Shey has established herself as an important part of our team, on and off the floor. Despite the adversity we faced last year, Shey was one of the engines that would not let our effort or enthusiasm wane, something her teammates and our fans responded to all season long. While it was devastating to see her injury in the playoffs, it has been gratifying to see her relentless work in her rehab and we look forward to seeing her back on the floor for the Mercury.”
Peddy is coming of a career-best 2022 WNBA season in which she averaged a career-high 9.9 points, career-best 3.8 rebounds, career-high 3.4 assists and career-best 1.6 steals. After scoring in double figures six times in the 2021 regular season, she reached double digits in 20 of her 34 games in 2022. Peddy recorded her second career double-double with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds along with a career-high five three-pointers made on August 10 against Minnesota.
Prior to suffering a right Achilles tendon rupture in the Mercury’s Round 1 WNBA playoff game in Las Vegas, Peddy became a key piece of the Mercury’s backcourt rotation over the last three seasons. After two different stints with the Washington Mystics in 2019 and 2020, Peddy was waived in the WNBA “bubble” by Washington and was signed by Phoenix due to a slew of midseason injuries to the Mercury.
“Playoff Peddy” secured her spot in Mercury lore in 2020, making a buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer in a Round 1 single-elimination game against Washington, eliminating her former team. Then, in 2021, in a series-deciding Game 5 of the Semifinals on the road against Las Vegas, Peddy stepped to the line in the closing seconds of a tie game and made two free throws to clinch the Mercury’s fifth trip to the WNBA Finals in franchise history. Peddy set a WNBA and NBA record during the 2021 season for the most consecutive free throws without a miss to begin a career, opening her career with a 37-for-37 mark.
Peddy was initially selected by the Chicago Sky with the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft but made her WNBA debut in 2019 with the Mystics. The former Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior played nine games with Washington in the WNBA Bubble during the 2020 season before signing with the Mercury.
The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury return to Footprint Center this summer, tipping off the season with on Sunday, May 21 against the Chicago Sky in the Fry’s Food Stores Welcome Home Opener.