Mercury legend Bridget Pettis retires from WNBA

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury Director of Basketball Operations Bridget Pettis is retiring from her position with the organization, it was announced today by Mercury President and General Manager, Ann Meyers Drysdale.

A member of the inaugural Mercury club in 1997, Pettis recently completed her 11th season with the club, a decorated career that included time as a player (1997-2001, 2004-06), assistant coach (2006-09) and director of basketball operations (2010-11). She made her mark in team history as the first player to score a point for the Mercury in its first game in June 1997. In 2006, she was honored for her contributions to the organization along with former teammates Michele Timms, Jennifer Gillom and former coach Cheryl Miller with a banner that hangs permanently in US Airways Center.

“The entire Mercury organization thanks Bridget for all she has contributed to the team in all capacities. She’s been an integral part of the team’s success, including two champions, as well as all of our involvement in the community,” said Meyers Drysdale. “Her enthusiasm for the game is unparalleled, but we fully support her decision and wish her all the best.”

Prior to being drafted into the WNBA, the Indiana native played professional basketball for 14 years internationally in Italy, Turkey and Spain. She also spent two years playing for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

“After fifteen years of living my dream, I’m ready to transition to the next phase of my life,” said Pettis. “The Mercury has been my family for many years and I will never let go of the wonderful memories that were created here. I’m looking forward to sitting in the stands as a fan next season.”

Pettis plans to continue the production of her autobiography and will remain active in the Phoenix area with non-profit organizations geared toward aiding children.

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