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Phoenix Mercury Finalizes Training Camp Roster

April 24, 2024 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Phoenix Mercury News Release


PHOENIX - The Phoenix Mercury today announced the signings of guard Air Hearn and centers Bella Murekatete and Desi-Rae Young to training camp contracts, finalizing the 2024 training camp roster .

Hearn was a three-time All-American Athletic Conference selection at the University of Memphis (2012-16) where she ranks first in Tigers history in threes made and fourth in assists. The 5-8 guard just finished her third season with Athletes Unlimited (AU) Basketball, where she averaged 18.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 54.6% from the field, 43.3% from three and 91.7% from the free throw line.

Murekatete, a 6-3 center, averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds during her five-year collegiate career (2019-24) at Washington State. She ranks as the Cougar's all-time leader in rebounds, blocks, games played and is fifth in career points. A Rwanda native, Murekatete started for the Rwandan National Team in the 2021 FIBA Women's Basketball Afrobasket qualifier, helping lead the team to a third-place finish.

Young, a 6-1 center, finished her career at UNLV as one of only two players in program history to reach 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds and ranks second on the Lady Rebels' all-time scoring list. In 2023-24, she was one of four Division I players to average at least 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Young was a two-time Mountain West Player of the Year and earned four All-Conference Team, three All-Defensive Team and two All-Tournament Team selections.

The Mercury will open the 2024 season against the two-time defending champion Las Vegas Aces on May 14 in a nationally televised matchup on ESPN2. Phoenix tips off its home schedule on Saturday, May 18 against the Atlanta Dream for the Fry's Food Stores Home Opener. Tickets to all Mercury home games are on sale now at phoenixmercury.com/single-game-tickets .


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