Tora Suber

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Tora Suber
Personal information
Born (1974-11-23) November 23, 1974 (age 49)
Coatesville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Listed weight137 lb (62 kg)
Career information
High school Downingtown (Downingtown, Pennsylvania)
College Virginia (1993–1997)
WNBA draft 1997: 1st round, 7th overall pick
Selected by the Charlotte Sting
Playing career1997–1999
Position Guard
Career history
1997–1998 Charlotte Sting
1999 Orlando Miracle
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tora Suber (born November 23, 1974) is a former professional basketball player who played for the Charlotte Sting and Orlando Miracle in the WNBA. She played a total of 83 games.

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High school

Suber and Tina Nicholson were teammates at Downingtown High School in the early 1990s. Suber graduated in 1993. [1] In total she recorded 2,420 career points and helped the team win four District 1 titles and two state crowns.

WNBA Career

On April 28, 1997, Suber was selected with the 7th overall pick of the 1997 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting. Her debut game was played on June 22, 1997 in a 59 - 76 loss to the Phoenix Mercury where she recorded 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. [2] Suber would play her rookie and sophomore seasons as a member of the Sting, playing in 58 games, scoring a total of 321 points, 142 assists and 95 rebounds. She was waived by the Sting on May 29, 1999. [3]

After being waived by the Sting, Suber would go on to play her 3rd season with the Orlando Miracle. However, she had a significantly less role and although she played in 25 games, she only averaged 4.6 minutes per game and averaged 0.8 points.

Unsuccessful WNBA Comeback Attempts

After playing the 1999 season with the Miracle, Suber would never play in the WNBA again, but she did sign multiple contracts for teams in the early 2000's. One of those teams coincidentally being the Orlando Miracle. Suber would sign with the Miracle on May 3, 2001 but would get waived 8 days later on May 11, 2001. [4] Since she missed out on the 2001 season, Suber would try her luck again in the 2002 WNBA season by signing with the Houston Comets, even participating in the team's Media Day on April 29, 2002. [5] Unfortunately, she would never play a game for the Comets and would be waived on May 8, 2002.

Two years later in April 2004, Suber tried another comeback by signing once again with the Houston Comets as a free agent. [6] However, she was waived a few weeks later on May 9, 2004 [7]

Due to her 2001, 2002 and 2004 comebacks not coming to fruition, Suber's final WNBA game was the last game of the 1999 season as a member of the Miracle. That game was played on August 21, 1999 in a 68 - 74 loss to the Detroit Shock where Suber only played for 13 seconds. [8] This game was also the final career game of fellow 1997 WNBA Draftee Wanda Guyton, who was a member of the Shock.

Personal life

Suber was born prematurely to a 15-year-old mother. She earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at Virginia. [9]

Career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game FG%  Field-goal percentage 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold Career best°League leader

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGTOPPG
1997 Charlotte 28817.0.370.397.6831.52.00.50.11.84.7
1998 Charlotte 301222.7.314.310.6301.82.91.00.01.56.0
1999 Orlando 2504.6.292.111.5000.50.40.20.00.40.8
Career3 years, 2 teams832015.3.331.328.6391.31.80.60.01.34.0

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGTOPPG
1997 Charlotte 107.0.0000.01.00.00.01.00.0
1998 Charlotte 2237.5.391.250.6671.05.02.50.03.511.5
Career2 years, 1 team3227.0.375.250.6670.73.71.70.02.77.7

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References

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