Mercury acquires Braxton; sends Ohlde to Shock

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Mercury acquired forward/center Kara Braxton from Tulsa in exchange for forward/center Nicole Ohlde and its 2011 first round draft pick, the club announced Friday.

"It was a hard decision to make," head coach Corey Gaines said. "Ohlde is a part of our championship family and we thank her for all she has contributed to this team the last two and a half years."

Braxton, a 6-6 forward/center, is averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game and is shooting 50 percent from the field.

"Braxton is a force that will help us this year and into the future," Gaines said. "She has played on WNBA championship teams. She is one of the few bigs in this league who demands a double team, which is what every coach in the world would love to have in a post."

In four games vs. the Mercury this season, Braxton averaged 12.8 points and 4.0 rebounds, including 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting Thursday night in the Mercury's 123-91 win over the Shock.

The sixth-year veteran holds career averages of 7.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

"Kara adds a different dimension to our team, a low-post presence and a big body," Mercury guard Diana Taurasi said. "She is a winner and has proved it in Detroit, winning two championships."

Originally selected by Detroit in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft, the Georgia University product was a part of two championship teams with the Shock (2006, 2008).