- LaToya Bond
Bond played four years for the NCAA Division I Lady Tigers of the University of Missouri. She finished her last season (2005-06) at Mizzou as the 7th leading scorer in the Big 12 (17.2 ppg), blasting past the 1000 point mile-marker. She had 331 assists for her career, which puts her in fourth place in the Mizzou record books, and makes her the third Tiger (along with All-American Joni Davis and Kerensa Barr) to amass more than 1,000 points and 300 assists in a career. Bond was named a Kodak/WBCA All-America Honorable Mention and made the All Big 12 First Team as well as the Big 12 Defensive Team. She was a workhorse that season, starting every game and playing 40 minutes five times and had 13 20-point games, and three 30-point efforts, including a Mizzou Arena-record 34 vs. Western Michigan. She was named Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week twice that season by a media voting panel; first time came on Jan. 9, following Mizzou’s league-opening wins vs. defending NCAA Champions, No. 1 Baylor and top 25 ranked Kansas State; second time came on Feb. 6 after sinking a buzzer-beater at Kansas State and pouring in 30 points against No. 8 Oklahoma. Bond was among the league leaders in eight different categories; she was third in the Big 12 in steals (2.03 spg) and free-throw percentage (83.2%), fourth in 3-point percentage (38.9%) and was the only guard among the Big 12’s statistical leaders to make more than half (50%) of her shots from the field.
Following her career at Mizzou, Bond was selected by the Charlotte Sting in the second round (27th pick overall) of the 2006 WNBA Draft. She played all 34 games as a rookie and averaged 5.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.03 steals per game. Her 2.15 apg ranked fourth among WNBA rookie. Bond averaged 4.8 assists per 40 minutes played, ranking second among rookies that averaged double-digit minutes. She was one of just seven rookies in the WNBA to average a steal a game in 2006 and was sixth among the league’s first-year players with 1.0 spg.
The Sting folded after the 2006 WNBA season and she was selected by the Sacramento Monarchs in a disperal draft. Before the start of the 2008 season she signed with the Indiana Fever. She has also played overseas for teams in Cyprus, Israel, and Poland.