Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Summary

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (born April 11, 1991) is a former American professional basketball player. She played for the Washington Mystics and the Los Angeles Sparks in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played college basketball at the University of North Carolina and attended T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.[1][2]

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (cropped).jpg
Ruffin-Pratt in 2019
Personal information
Born (1991-04-11) April 11, 1991 (age 31)
Alexandria, Virginia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolT. C. Williams
(Alexandria, Virginia)
CollegeNorth Carolina (2009–2013)
WNBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–2022
PositionShooting guard
Career history
20132018Washington Mystics
20192020Los Angeles Sparks
Stats at WNBA.com

College statisticsEdit

Source[3]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 North Carolina 30 189 31.2 13.3 54.9 5.5 1.5 1.3 0.3 6.3
2010–11 North Carolina 36 224 33.7 12.5 67.2 6.6 2.4 1.1 0.3 6.2
2011–12 North Carolina 18 153 31.3 10.5 65.9 5.1 2.8 2.1 1.0 8.5
2012–13 North Carolina 35 541 37.9 24.2 69.7 3.7 4.5 2.7 0.8 15.5
Career North Carolina 119 1107 34.5 16.9 66.4 5.3 2.9 1.8 0.5 9.3

Professional careerEdit

Ruffin-Pratt joined the Washington Mystics training camp roster in May 2013 after going undrafted in the 2013 WNBA Draft.[2][4] In her rookie season, she played 34 games off the bench and averaged 4.4 ppg That year the Mystics made the playoffs finishing 3rd place in the Eastern Conference with a 17–17 record but were eliminated 2–1 in the first round by the Atlanta Dream.

In her second season, Ruffin-Pratt continued her bench role with her playing time slightly increased. She averaged 4.5 ppg in 34 games and 6 starts. The Mystics were third place in the Eastern Conference yet again with a 16–18 record, but were eliminated in a 2-game sweep by the Indiana Fever.

In the 2015 season, Ruffin-Pratt became the starting shooting guard for the Mystics. She played 32 games with 31 starts and averaged a career-high in scoring. Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 20 points in an 84–80 win against the Los Angeles Sparks on June 23, 2015.[5] The Mystics made the playoffs finishing 4th place in the Eastern Conference with an 18–16 record and were a first round exit yet again as they were defeated 2-1 by the New York Liberty.

In the 2016 season, Ruffin-Pratt moved to small forward in the Mystics starting lineup in order to make room for Tayler Hill at shooting guard. Ruffin-Pratt averaged 7.3 ppg in her new role at the wing, but the Mystics finished 13-21 and were eliminated from playoff contention.

In 2017, Ruffin-Pratt re-signed with the Mystics once her rookie contract expired.[6] During the 2017 season, Ruffin-Pratt started in all 34 games for the first time in her career. She briefly played the small forward role in the Mystics starting lineup during one of their starters' absence. After Hill tore her ACL, Ruffin-Pratt moved back to shooting guard. She averaged 7.3 ppg and the Mystics made the playoffs with an 18–16 record and the number 6 seed in the league following the league's new playoff format the previous season. The Mystics advanced all the way to the semi-finals after defeating the Dallas Wings and New York Liberty in the first and second round elimination games, marking the first time in franchise history the Mystics advanced past the second round. In the semi-finals, the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Mystics in a 3-game sweep.

In 2018, Ruffin-Pratt was a role player for the Mystics, occasionally starting and coming off the bench. Her contributions helped the Mystics to a 22–12 record and the number 3 seed in the league. They received a bye to the second round. In the second round elimination game, they defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 96–64 to advance to the semi-finals for the second year in a row. In the semi-finals, the Mystics defeated the Atlanta Dream in five games to advance to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. In the Finals, the Seattle Storm swept the Mystics.

In 2019, Ruffin-Pratt signed with the Los Angeles Sparks.[7] She would immediately enter the Sparks' starting lineup. Ruffin-Pratt started in 33 of the 34 games played during the season, the Sparks finished 22–12 with the number 3 seed, receiving a bye to the second round. In the second round elimination game, the Sparks defeated the defending champion Seattle Storm 92–69 to advance to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, the Sparks would lose to the Connecticut Sun in a three-game sweep.

In 2020, the season was delayed and shortened to 22 games in a bubble due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ruffin-Pratt played 17 games with 10 starts, missing a few games with a shoulder injury. The Sparks were the number 3 seed with a 15–7 record, receiving a bye to the second round elimination game, but were once again eliminated by the Connecticut Sun.

On May 22, 2022, Ruffin-Pratt announced her retirement of professional basketball.

WNBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games 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 high ° League leader

WNBA regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Washington 34 0 14.8 .359 .143 .783 2.8 0.8 0.7 0.2 4.4
2014 Washington 34 6 16.2 .383 .250 .705 2.9 1.3 0.7 0.1 4.5
2015 Washington 32 31 23.9 .371 .326 .759 3.0 2.2 0.8 0.3 7.4
2016 Washington 32 31 24.4 .369 .320 .747 4.5 2.6 1.0 0.3 7.3
2017 Washington 34 34 24.3 .337 .000 .738 5.3 2.3 1.0 0.5 7.3
2018 Washington 33 10 18.1 .341 .314 .855 2.0 1.5 0.6 0.2 5.5
2019 Los Angeles 34 33 25.2 .367 .342 .854 2.4 1.7 0.8 0.6 6.0
2020 Los Angeles 17 10 14.5 .267 .462 .731 2.1 0.9 0.7 0.2 2.9
Career 250 155 20.5 .357 .318 .768 3.2 1.7 0.8 0.3 5.8

WNBA postseasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Washington 3 0 15.0 .385 .000 .583 2.0 0.7 1.0 0.0 5.7
2014 Washington 2 0 10.6 .000 .000 1.000 3.5 1.0 0.0 0.5 1.0
2015 Washington 3 3 26.9 .333 .333 1.000 3.7 3.7 1.6 0.0 8.0
2017 Washington 5 5 26.8 .457 .000 .824 5.0 2.4 0.6 0.8 9.2
2018 Washington 9 0 17.4 .385 .235 1.000 2.2 0.8 0.7 0.3 5.2
2019 Los Angeles 4 4 18.0 .280 .182 .857 1.8 2.0 0.5 0.8 5.5
2020 Los Angeles 1 0 13.0 .000 .000 .000 2.0 3.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
Career 27 12 19.4 .358 .216 .800 2.9 1.7 0.7 0.4 5.9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WNBA PROSPECT PROFILE". wnba.com. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b Dettelbach, Alexa (July 22, 2013). "Ruffin-Pratt Making Most of Opportunity". wnba.com. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ "NCAA® Career Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  4. ^ Williams, Preston (May 13, 2013). "Tierra Ruffin-Pratt tries to find home with Mystics". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Career-high from Ruffin-Pratt helps Mystics snap two-game home losing streak and beat Sparks 84–80". hoopfeed.com. June 23, 2015. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ Lee, Albert (2017-02-05). "Mystics re-sign TRP, get Seattle's Krystal Thomas to sign offer sheet". Bullets Forever. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
  7. ^ "Los Angeles Sparks Sign free agent Tierra Ruffin-Pratt". High Post Hoops. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2021-06-12.

External linksEdit

  • North Carolina Tar Heels bio