ATLANTA, June 17, 2015 — The WNBA Atlanta Dream has announced that the team has signed forward Cierra Burdick and guard Sydney Carter to contracts. The Dream added Burdick and Carter to the roster following the temporary suspensions of Tiffany Hayes and Aneika Henry, who are competing at the 2015 European Games. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The six-foot, two-inch Burdick was selected in the second round (No. 14 overall) out of Tennessee by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2015 WNBA Draft, but did not make the Sparks’ opening night roster. She was an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press following a senior season with the Lady Vols that saw her average 11.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Burdick was named to the Coaches All-SEC First Team as a senior, and also made the NCAA Spokane Regional All-Tournament Team and the SEC All-Tournament Team. A four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, Burdick finished her four-year career at Tennessee with career totals of 1,072 points and 794 rebounds.
Carter has played in parts of three WNBA seasons, including 23 games with the Indiana Fever last year. Carter, who was on the Dream’s training camp roster in 2013, has averaged 3.6 points and 1.5 assists in 39 career games, including 15 with Connecticut in 2013 and one with Chicago in 2012. Her career high of 14 points came in a game against the Dream in Philips Arena last May while playing with the Fever.
The five-foot, six-inch guard helped Texas A&M win the 2011 National Championship and was named the Most Oustanding Player at the NCAA Dallas Regional that season. A three-time co-captain for Texas A&M, Carter was twice named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors as a senior.
The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream is in its eighth season in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Dream plays its home games at Philips Arena, with the next home game slated for June 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET vs. the Chicago Sky. The Dream has qualified for the playoffs in each of the past six seasons, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Season and single-game tickets for the 2015 season can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net.