The Chicago Sky signed veteran 6-foot-5 center and three-time WNBA champion Ruth Riley, the team announced on Monday.
Riley, who earned the Naismith Award in leading Notre Dame to a national championship in 2001, won two NBA titles with the Detroit Shock in 2003 and 2006 and again with the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2008. An 11-year veteran, Riley has averaged 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
"We are extremely excited to add a person and player of Ruth's caliber to our roster," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said in a statement. "She will bring so much to our team and the city of Chicago. Her ability to play the 5 and stretch the defense at the 4 complements our post game very well."
Riley, who has spent the past five seasons with the Silver Stars, has been in the playoffs in 10 of her 11 WNBA seasons and hopes to continue that run in Chicago.
"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to play for the Sky and move back to the Midwest where I will be closer to my family," Riley said in a statement. "Chicago is a wonderful city, with deep history and undeniable passion for the game of basketball! I look forward to being reunited with Swin (Cash) as we bring our championship experience from Detroit to help Chicago in their quest for the playoffs and a WNBA championship!
"I have a lot of respect for (Sky principal owner) Michael Alter and his commitment to not only bringing Chicago a WNBA team it can embrace and be proud of, but also for using the platform of sport to make a difference in the community!"
The Sky open the season May 19 on the road against the Washington Mystics.