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WNBA franchise to unveil name and logo at UT Arlington

Tulsa Shock players say goodbye to Tulsa fans after Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference semifinals, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Tulsa, Okla.
Tulsa Shock players say goodbye to Tulsa fans after Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Western Conference semifinals, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Tulsa, Okla. AP

The WNBA announced Wednesday that the new team logo and name of the Dallas-Fort Worth franchise will be revealed Nov. 2 at UT Arlington’s College Park Center.

The league on July 23 approved the Tulsa Shock’s move to Arlington.

WNBA president Laurel Richie and Tulsa player Skylar Diggins will attend the event, scheduled at 10 a.m., which will also announce ticket programs for the 17-game season in 2016.

One person excited to see a women’s professional team in Arlington is UTA women’s basketball coach Krista Gerlich.

“We are thrilled to have the ‘Shock’ make the College Park Center their home. This will do so many things for the city, university and our program and team,” she said.

Nov. 2 Date the Arlington-based WNBA franchise, formerly called the Shock in Tulsa and Detroit, will announce its name and logo

The Shock spent the past six seasons in Tulsa (2010-15), where the team went 59-145, but turned a corner this past season, going 18-16 for third in the Western Conference and its first playoff berth since arriving to Tulsa. The Shock lost to the Phoenix Mercury in the conference semifinals.

“The many prospects that will come on our campus and see our facilities will only help our recruiting, not to mention the times that our current players will run into their players, even shoot around or work out together in our practice facilities,” Gerlich said. “It’s exciting to have a professional team in front of us so our players can see what it takes to get to the next level.”

The franchise moved to Tulsa after spending the 1998-2009 seasons in Detroit, where the Shock made eight trips to the postseason, the final seven straight with two-time NBA champion Bill Laimbeer as coach. The team made four WNBA appearances and won three championships (2003, 2006, 2008).

It’s exciting to have a professional team in front of us so our players can see what it takes to get to the next level.

UT Arlington women’s coach Krista Gerlich on the benefits of a WNBA franchise in Arlington

Diggins played just nine regular-season games in 2015 before suffering a torn ACL in her right knee on July 1. She led the team with 17.8 points per game. In 2014, Diggins was named WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year after scoring a franchise season record 683 points.

Also on the roster is former Baylor standout Odyssey Sims, who had a team-high 20 points per game in the postseason. Sims was named to the 2014 WNBA All-Rookie team. Sims graduated from Irving MacArthur High School in 2010.

Tiffany Jackson-Jones was a standout at Texas (2003-07) after being named a high school All-American at Duncanville.

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