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Mendoza Dialogues with Ruth Riley
Mendoza Dialogues with Ruth Riley
Published: 2016/03/03
Channel: notredamebusiness
Ruth Riley - 2015 Moose Krause Distinguished Service Awardwinner
Ruth Riley - 2015 Moose Krause Distinguished Service Awardwinner
Published: 2015/02/24
Channel: WatchND
Pre-Draft Interview with Ruth Riley
Pre-Draft Interview with Ruth Riley
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: San Antonio Stars
Perseverance With Emotions: WNBA Player - Ruth Riley
Perseverance With Emotions: WNBA Player - Ruth Riley
Published: 2011/03/03
Channel: HOCfoundation
Notre Dame Women
Notre Dame Women's Basketball - 2001 National Championship Clip
Published: 2010/11/09
Channel: Notre Dame Women's Basketball
Ruth Riley - Practice Report 6/29/09
Ruth Riley - Practice Report 6/29/09
Published: 2009/06/29
Channel: San Antonio Stars
Monogram Jacket Ceremony - Ruth Riley
Monogram Jacket Ceremony - Ruth Riley
Published: 2014/11/13
Channel: Notre Dame
Stars GM Ruth Riley joins ESPN2 during 1st Round of WNBA Draft 2017
Stars GM Ruth Riley joins ESPN2 during 1st Round of WNBA Draft 2017
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: WNBA
Ruth Riley on Finding Her Voice
Ruth Riley on Finding Her Voice
Published: 2015/09/20
Channel: Emp-RSS GirlzGo!
Ruth Riley Passion and Power
Ruth Riley Passion and Power
Published: 2009/06/03
Channel: AIAUSA
Rachel Santschi talks with Ruth Riley
Rachel Santschi talks with Ruth Riley
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: Rachel Santschi
That Girl Rocks - Ruth Riley
That Girl Rocks - Ruth Riley
Published: 2012/03/12
Channel: iamthatgirl
Ruth Riley throws out the first pitch - Behind the Scenes
Ruth Riley throws out the first pitch - Behind the Scenes
Published: 2012/09/05
Channel: ChicagoSkyBasketball
Ruth Riley on Having Peace
Ruth Riley on Having Peace
Published: 2007/03/13
Channel: AIAUSA
2014 JCI TOYP Honoree Ruth Riley
2014 JCI TOYP Honoree Ruth Riley
Published: 2014/11/29
Channel: JCI
No Longer A Slave - Regina Ruth Riley
No Longer A Slave - Regina Ruth Riley
Published: 2015/02/07
Channel: Regina Ruth Riley
Athinaikos-Dynamo Kursk 60-55 RUTH RILEY STRIKES!!!
Athinaikos-Dynamo Kursk 60-55 RUTH RILEY STRIKES!!!
Published: 2010/03/20
Channel: athne viron
Ruth Riley - Captial One CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame
Ruth Riley - Captial One CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame
Published: 2012/06/29
Channel: WatchND
He Hears His Children
He Hears His Children
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: Regina Ruth Riley
Interview with Ruth Riley - Notre Dame Day 2014
Interview with Ruth Riley - Notre Dame Day 2014
Published: 2015/05/29
Channel: Notre Dame Development
H-E-B Silver Stars Good Living Tips With Ruth Riley
H-E-B Silver Stars Good Living Tips With Ruth Riley
Published: 2009/08/24
Channel: San Antonio Stars
Global Mom Relay - Ruth Riley
Global Mom Relay - Ruth Riley
Published: 2013/03/22
Channel: United Nations Foundation
Short Interview with WNBA Legend Ruth Riley
Short Interview with WNBA Legend Ruth Riley
Published: 2015/04/26
Channel: Aci Girl
Ruth Riley - Shootaround Report 7/17/09
Ruth Riley - Shootaround Report 7/17/09
Published: 2009/07/17
Channel: San Antonio Stars
Nocturnal Agony Interviews (Talen Ruth Riley)
Nocturnal Agony Interviews (Talen Ruth Riley)
Published: 2012/03/18
Channel: Nubia Filmworks,LLC.
H-E-B Silver Stars Good Living Tips With Ruth Riley and Becky Hammon
H-E-B Silver Stars Good Living Tips With Ruth Riley and Becky Hammon
Published: 2009/08/24
Channel: San Antonio Stars
Notre Dame Women
Notre Dame Women's Basketball - Ivey's Corner with Ruth Riley
Published: 2010/09/12
Channel: Notre Dame Women's Basketball
Happy 4th of July from Ruth Riley
Happy 4th of July from Ruth Riley
Published: 2010/07/02
Channel: San Antonio Stars
Catching Up With ... Ruth Riley
Catching Up With ... Ruth Riley '01
Published: 2014/08/18
Channel: Notre Dame Alumni Association
Ruth Riley - Training Camp 5/31/11
Ruth Riley - Training Camp 5/31/11
Published: 2011/05/31
Channel: San Antonio Stars
Shannon Bobbitt and  Ruth Riley Moving Screen
Shannon Bobbitt and Ruth Riley Moving Screen
Published: 2010/05/12
Channel: sparksfan3
Good Deeds Global $100 Give-A-Way Winner - Ruth Riley
Good Deeds Global $100 Give-A-Way Winner - Ruth Riley
Published: 2012/04/02
Channel: GoodDeedsGlobal
Katie Feenstra-Mattera 2m03 Ruth Riley 1m96 et Ivory Latta 1m68.
Katie Feenstra-Mattera 2m03 Ruth Riley 1m96 et Ivory Latta 1m68.
Published: 2012/03/07
Channel: MrJaimelesgrandes
Ruth Riley: Gospel Night Promo
Ruth Riley: Gospel Night Promo
Published: 2012/06/29
Channel: ChicagoSkyBasketball
Ruth riley for jr nba /wnba philippines
Ruth riley for jr nba /wnba philippines
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: LARIZA GARCIA
Ruth Riley - 1st Place Bikini Novice Short at the 2016 NANBF St. Louis Natural Bodybuilding Classic
Ruth Riley - 1st Place Bikini Novice Short at the 2016 NANBF St. Louis Natural Bodybuilding Classic
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: GeauxSTLmusic
Here Am I
Here Am I
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: Regina Ruth Riley
Ruth Riley - Postgame 09/17/2009
Ruth Riley - Postgame 09/17/2009
Published: 2009/09/18
Channel: San Antonio Stars
Ruth Riley 70th Birthday Video
Ruth Riley 70th Birthday Video
Published: 2015/11/07
Channel: Shewanda Riley
Ruth Riley y Tamara Abalde tras ganar en Palma
Ruth Riley y Tamara Abalde tras ganar en Palma
Published: 2009/02/22
Channel: lokosxelbaloncesto
Ruth Riley and Nerlens Noel at JrNBA JrWNBA National Training Camp
Ruth Riley and Nerlens Noel at JrNBA JrWNBA National Training Camp
Published: 2015/04/27
Channel: Aci Girl
Los tres cerditos-Jason, Ruth, Riley, Katie
Los tres cerditos-Jason, Ruth, Riley, Katie
Published: 2013/02/06
Channel: Thejensenk1
13 Teams, 1 Journey: Katie Mattera and Ruth Riley
13 Teams, 1 Journey: Katie Mattera and Ruth Riley
Published: 2009/07/06
Channel: WNBA
Ruth Riley - Postgame 6/2/09
Ruth Riley - Postgame 6/2/09
Published: 2009/06/03
Channel: San Antonio Stars
Ruth Riley - Open Practice Report 5/23/09
Ruth Riley - Open Practice Report 5/23/09
Published: 2009/05/23
Channel: San Antonio Stars
James Jones and Ruth Riley supporting TRIAD Trust
James Jones and Ruth Riley supporting TRIAD Trust
Published: 2010/09/30
Channel: Katherine Wald
Ruth Riley in South Africa
Ruth Riley in South Africa
Published: 2012/11/25
Channel: Brittany Morehouse
How important is nutrition to ruth riley
How important is nutrition to ruth riley
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: LARIZA GARCIA
RUTH RILEY - PROPER FORM OF SHOOTING
RUTH RILEY - PROPER FORM OF SHOOTING
Published: 2015/08/10
Channel: STILO LOKAL
Ruth Riley - Postgame 6/4/11
Ruth Riley - Postgame 6/4/11
Published: 2011/06/06
Channel: San Antonio Stars
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Ruth Riley
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Personal information
Born (1979-08-28) August 28, 1979 (age 37)
Ransom, Kansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school North Miami (Denver, Indiana)
College Notre Dame (1997–2001)
WNBA draft 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Miami Sol
Playing career 2001–2014
Position Forward / Center
Career history
2001–2002 Miami Sol
2003–2006 Detroit Shock
2007–2011 San Antonio Silver Stars
2012 Chicago Sky
2013–2014 Atlanta Dream
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ruth Ellen Riley (born August 28, 1979) is the general manager for the San Antonio Stars as of May 2016. She is a retired American professional basketball player (a center), playing most recently for the Atlanta Dream in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Her Notre Dame team won the NCAA women's championship in 2001, and her Detroit Shock team won the WNBA championship in 2003 and 2006. Riley was the Most Valuable Player in the 2001 and 2003 championship series, becoming the first person to win the MVP awards in both the NCAA and the WNBA championships. She has also played on teams that won the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) championship, the gold medal at the Olympic Games, and the 2010 EuroCup Championship.

In March 2016, Riley participated in Mogul's #IAmAMogul campaign for inspiring women to believe that they have the "power to shape the world through their voices and actions."[5][6]

Early years[edit]

Riley was born in Ransom, Kansas and grew up in Macy, Indiana. She has always been tall, measuring 25 inches (63.50 cm) at birth, and six feet (1.83 m) by the time she was 12 years old.[7] While attending North Miami Middle/High School outside Denver, Indiana, she was on the basketball, volleyball and track teams. It was in high school that she began her practice of wearing a headband while playing. During her four years at high school she scored 1,372 points, acquired 1,011 rebounds and blocked 427 shots.[8] She averaged 26 points a game as a senior, and had her jersey number (25) retired by the high school.[9]

College years[edit]

In her freshman year at Notre Dame, Riley played in all 32 of the team's games, starting in the final 26. Thereafter she was the starting center in all but one of Notre Dame's games. She was a mainstay of the team in all four years, and consistently ranked high in the nation among women basketball players in field goal percentage and blocked shots. In both her junior and senior years she was an Associated Press First Team All-American selection. As a senior, she won the Naismith Award and was the Associated Press Player of the Year. In addition, she was the 2000-01 Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for the University Division I.

The highlight of her college career came in the 2001 NCAA tournament. In the championship game, Notre Dame was trailing Purdue, 66-64, when Riley scored the tying field goal. Then, with 5.8 seconds left and the score still tied, Riley drew a foul. She made both free throws to give Notre Dame its final 68-66 edge and its first women's national championship.[10] Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, when asked about the critical play on which Riley was fouled, said, "it's the same play we've been running all season. It's called: 'Get the ball to Ruth.'"[11] Riley was the Most Outstanding Player of that year's Final Four. The only player in Notre Dame women's basketball history to score 2,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds, Riley was a two-time first-team Academic All-American in both 2000 and '01. In 1999, Riley led the nation in field goal percentage shooting 68.3% to become the first Irish player to rank first in an NCAA statistical category.[12]

Riley graduated from Notre Dame in 2001 with a degree in psychology, having made the Dean's List every semester. She finished her Notre Dame career with 2,072 points, and school records for rebounds (1,007), blocked shots (370), and field goal percentage (.632).

Professional career[edit]

Education[edit]

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology - Magna Cum Laude - University of Notre Dame (2001)

Executive MBA –Magna Cum Laude - University of Notre Dame (2016)


WNBA[edit]

On April 20, 2001, Riley was selected by the Miami Sol as the fifth overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft. She came off the bench for the first 12 games. On July 1, she made her first professional start, on the road against the Los Angeles Sparks, and started for the rest of the season.

Her second season (2002) was a difficult one. After playing well in the preseason, she broke a finger the day before the regular season started. She could not play for the Sol's first several games – the first time in her career she had missed a game because of an injury. She returned, playing with a splint on her hand, but lost her starting spot. During the WNBA's off-season, she played in Valencia, Spain.

After Riley's second season with the Sol, that franchise folded. On April 25, 2003 the WNBA held a special one-round dispersal draft, in which the remaining WNBA teams could select players from the Sol and from the Portland Fire, which had also folded. The Detroit Shock, by virtue of having the worst regular-season record in the WNBA in 2002, received the first pick in the dispersal draft, and used it to select Riley.[13]

In Riley's first season with the Shock (2003), she was a key member of the team. She bettered each of her previous WNBA season totals in points, rebounds, blocked shots, and assists. The Shock, in a notable turnaround, went from a 2002 season with the worst record in the league (9-23) to a 2003 season with the best record (25-9) and a victory in the WNBA Championship. In the finals, the Shock defeated the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Sparks to win Detroit's first WNBA title. Riley was named the MVP of the WNBA finals.

Riley continued to play for the Shock in the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons. In 2005, she was selected for the Eastern Conference team in the WNBA All-Star Game. In 2006, she was the starting center when the Shock won its second WNBA championship, defeating the Sacramento Monarchs.

In February 2007, she was traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for Katie Feenstra. The Shock also received the right to exchange first-round draft picks with the Silver Stars in 2008. The Chicago Sky signed the veteran 6-foot-5 center and two-time WNBA champion Riley, the team announced on Monday February sixth 2012.[14]

Riley was waived by Chicago on 5/23/13.

On June 18, 2013, Riley signed with Atlanta after a roster spot opened up when Sancho Lyttle was suspended following her departure to play six games for her national team.[15]

NWBL[edit]

The WNBA off-season was when the National Women's Basketball League operated. It provided a showcase for players hoping to make a WNBA team, and also attracted established WNBA players. In the fall of 2003, Riley joined the Colorado Chill of the NWBL. On April 1, 2005, in her second season, the Chill won the NWBL championship.

In Riley's third season with the Chill, she broke her thumb in a preseason workout and missed the team's first 14 games. She returned to action on March 21, 2006.[16] She played in the last four regular-season games, all of which the Chill won to finish tied for the regular-season championship.[17] In the playoffs, the Chill won both its games to repeat as NWBL champions.[18] Riley was named as the playoff MVP.[19]

Spanish League[edit]

After the WNBA's 2005 season, Riley played for Yaya Maria Porta XI in the 2005-06 season of the Spanish League. In January 2009 she signed for Rivasecópolis, and played again in the Spanish League.

Polish League[edit]

Riley played the 2006-07 European season for Lotos Gdynia in the Polish League. This club was long the European home for fellow WNBA player Margo Dydek, and also at one time featured another American WNBA star in Katie Smith.

Greek league[edit]

In January 2010, the Athinaikos club in the Greek league announced that Riley would join it for the remainder of its season. She replaced LaToya Davis, who broke her wrist. In April 2010, Riley helped Athinaikos to win their first EuroCup Women's Basketball Title.[20]

International competition[edit]

While in college, Riley played on the U.S. team in the 1999 World University Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The team won the silver medal.

In 2002, she practiced with the USA Women's Senior National Team, but did not make the final cut to play in the Basketball World Championship.

In 2004, she again practiced with the USA Women's Senior National Team and played in several of its games. She was selected for the 2004 U.S. Women's Olympic Team. In Olympic play, the team was undefeated and won the gold medal.

Community and global outreach[edit]

Nothing But Nets[edit]

Ruth Riley supports a number charitable organizations. Since its inception in December 2006, Riley has been a spokesperson of the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets, a global campaign that saves lives through the strategic prevention of Malaria. Through her work with the Nothing But Nets campaign, Riley has made multiple trips to different regions in Africa helping to amplify awareness of the malaria disease. In August 2008, Ruth helped raise money for Nothing But Nets during a San Antonio Silver Stars 5k run/walk. As a result of her efforts, Riley won the 2008 WNBA Community Assist Award.

"No Kid Hungry"[edit]

Riley was introduce to Share Our Strength at the NBA All-Star Jam Session. Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit committed to ending childhood hunger in America by making sure that children in need are enrolled in federal programs. It invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger on a national and state level. Riley, stopped by the booth to take the No Kid Hungry pledge and found out that they were launching an Illinois Initiative that March. She offered to help in any way she could and was subsequently asked to speak at their at the official launch. In the summer of 2012, Ruth, along with the NBA/WNBA joined with Share Our Strength to connect more than 50,000 youth to free meals in the summer across the United States.

Other activities[edit]

Riley at the ribbon cutting for four donated basketball courts in Angola

Riley wrote a children's book, The Spirit of Basketball, with co-author Paul Hickey and illustrator Christopher Hiller, that was published in 2005. According to Riley, the message of the book was "that basketball is the same no matter where you live or what language you speak".[21]

On January 26, 2005, Riley made her debut as a color commentator for a Notre Dame women's basketball game.

As of 2005, Riley was the vice president of the WNBA Players' Union.

In 2009, President George W. Bush appointed Riley to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.[22]

In 2015, Riley was awarded the Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award by the Notre Dame Monogram Club.

Personal[edit]

Riley's height is variously listed as 6' 4" and 6' 5". She has said that she is "six-foot-four and a half to be exact" (1.94 m).[23]

Because Riley played in Miami, she is sometimes asked if she is related to Pat Riley, the coach of the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. As far as she knows, she is not.

While playing for the Sol, Riley bought a condominium in South Beach, Florida, and still considers that her home.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.raycomsports.com/theacc/legends/legend/359
  2. ^ http://www.und.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/091814aac.html
  3. ^ http://www.wnba.com/archive/wnba/sky/news/riley_inducted__academic_all_2012_06_26.html
  4. ^ Notre Dame’s Basketball Ring of Honor Inductee in 2010 ruth riley
  5. ^ "You'll Never Guess Which Celebs Want You To Be A Mogul". Mogul. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  6. ^ "#IAmAMogul Because Sports Are A Powerful Platform To Build Girls' Confidence. By Ruth Riley". Mogul. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  7. ^ Goldberg p 31
  8. ^ Goldberg p 31–32
  9. ^ Goldberg p 32
  10. ^ "Riley leads Notre Dame in biggest game of her career". CNN. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ http://www.argonaut.uidaho.edu/archives/040301/sportsstory3.html
  12. ^ http://www.und.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/ruth_riley_11663.html
  13. ^ "WNBA.com: Draft 2003". www.wnba.com. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  14. ^ "Detroit Free Press - Home". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  15. ^ "DREAM: Atlanta Dream Signs Former All-Star Center Ruth Riley". www.wnba.com. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  16. ^ http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060322/SPORTS/603220328/1006
  17. ^ http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060327/SPORTS/603270336/1006
  18. ^ http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060331/SPORTS/60331011/1002/rss
  19. ^ http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060401/SPORTS/604010329/1006/rss02
  20. ^ Associated Press (January 25, 2010). "WNBA center Riley to play for Greece's Athinaikos". SI.com. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  21. ^ "SHOCK: Shock Center Ruth Riley Pens Children’s Book". www.wnba.com. Retrieved 2016-05-16.  C1 control character in |title= at position 45 (help)
  22. ^ http://www.thenation.com/blogs/state_of_change/394648/mukasey_elliott_abrams_get_last_minute_bush_appointments
  23. ^ "Colorado Chill of the NWBL". 2006-05-10. Archived from the original on May 10, 2006. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  • Goldberg, Jeff (2011). Bird at the Buzzer: UConn, Notre Dame, and a Women's Basketball Classic. Doris Burke. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-2411-7. 

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