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LaToya Bond

Coach Bond’s Bio

After her 2002 graduation from Urbana High School in Urbana, Illinois, Coach Bond played for the NCAA Division 1 Lady Tigers of the University of Missouri.  Following her career at Mizzou, she was selected by the Charlotte Sting in the second round (27th pick overall) of the 2006 WNBA Draft.  The Sting folded after the 2006 WNBA season, and Coach Bond was selected by the Sacramento Monarchs in a dispersal draft. Before the start of the 2008 season she signed with the Indiana Fever.

Coach Bond has also played overseas for teams in Cyprus, Israel, and Poland. Following her first season in the WNBA, she signed to play for EKA AEL Limassol in Cyprus, which had the best regular season record in the Cyprus Basketball League and later won the league championship. She started the 2007-08 winter season with B’nei Yehuda in Israel, then signed with MMKS Energa Katarzynki Torun in Poland where she averaged 12.2 ppg in 12 appearances. She played the 2009 winter season with Lider Pruszkow in Poland before ending her professional career.

In 2010, Coach Bond turned down the opportunity to return to the WNBA and play for the New York Liberty because she realized there was something major missing in the development of young athletes. From there, she took steps to develop a program to mentor young female athletes.

Since ending her professional basketball career with the WNBA and internationally, Coach Bond has been volunteer coaching, mentoring, and providing one-on-one, group, and team basketball training to young athletes.

Career Highlights

Professional – WUBA (2014)

  • 2014 Player of the Year
  • 2014 Guard of the Year
  • April 2014 –  scored 20 points and handed out 5 assists while leading the Lady Generals past the Lady Matrix 84-72 in a contest to determine sole possession of first place in the WUBA.
  • One of the top scoring guards in the league all season
  • Led team to Championship, starting the game with only 4 players

Professional – WNBA (Charlotte Sting & Indiana Fever 2006-08)

  • Played all 34 games as a rookie and averaged 5.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.03 steals per game.
  • 2.15 apg ranked fourth among WNBA rookies
  • Averaged 4.8 assists per 40 minutes played, ranking second among rookies that averaged double-digit minutes.
  • One of just seven rookies in the WNBA to average a steal a game in 2006
  • Sixth among the league’s first-year players with 1.0 spg.

College – Mizzou (Senior Season 2005-06)

  • Was named a Kodak/WBCA All-America Honorable Mention, becoming the eighth Tiger to be so honored
  • A consensus All-Big 12 First Team selection, and was chosen by the league’s coaches to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team.
  • Seventh-leading scorer in the Big 12 (17.2 ppg)
  • Was a workhorse this season, starting every game and playing 40 minutes five times
  • Had 13 20-point games, and three 30-point efforts, including a Mizzou Arena-record 34 vs. Western Michigan
  • Was named Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week twice this 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
  • 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%), and fourth in 3-point percentage (38.9%)
  • Was the only guard among the Big 12’s statistical leaders to make more than half of her shots from the field
  • Was named Most Valuable player of both of Mizzou’s last two tournaments, at Pittsburgh and at home in the State Farm Tiger Classic
  • In the Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Tournament, scored 22 points and made three treys against Towson before blocking a season-high 4 shots to go along with 5 assists and 14 points against the host, Pittsburgh
  • Scored 14 points against Arkansas Pine Bluff, then came back the next night to sink a season-high four 3-pointers on the way to 20 points against Murray State in the State Farm title game
  • Had the game-winning jumper in overtime of MU’s win at Kansas State; surpassed a pair of milestones toward the end of that game; her jumper in the paint with 6:32 remaining in the second half not only began the decisive 16-2 run down the stretch that forced overtime, but it also was her 1,000th career point, making her the 24th player in school history to reach that milestone; picked up her 300th career assist less than two minutes later when she fed Christelle N’Garsanet for another jumper in the paint
  • 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.

College – Mizzou (Junior Season 2004-05)

  • Started all but one of the Tigers’ games
  • Poured in a career-high 25 points in the opener against Northern Illinois, including a career-best 12 free throws
  • Tied two personal records with nine assists and five steals against Providence
  • In the first round of the State Farm Tiger Classic against Mississippi Valley State, scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, pulled down 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists
  • Kept her hands in the cookie jar with 5 steals against SMS … established a career high with nine field goals made in that game
  • Totaled 13 points and five steals at Miami (Ohio), beginning a tear in which she posted double-digit totals in seven out of eight games
  • Tied a career high of 8 rebounds twice, against Oklahoma State and Colorado
  • Nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 58-55 win over Colorado for Mizzou’s first win in Boulder since 1990
  • Played one of her most complete games of the season on against Texas A&M, with 14 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists
  • Established a career best with three treys against Iowa State
  • Posted double-digit scoring totals in Missouri’s last seven games
  • Third on the team in scoring at 11.9 ppg … led team with 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals (good for third in the Big 12) per game
  • Pulled down 4.9 rebounds a game to rank second on the squad.

College – Mizzou (Sophomore Season 2003-04)

  • Emerged in the pre-season as the heir to graduated all-everything Kerensa Barr at point guard, and averaged 12.2 ppg before breaking a bone in her left foot in Mizzou’s victory over Saint Louis on Jan. 4
  • Opened the season with three straight double-digit scoring performances, averaging 14.7 ppg over that span
  • Tallied 11 points and five assists in the championship game of the Unilever Classic against Tulsa, beginning a five-game streak of double-digit point totals … averaged 14.2 ppg during that streak
  • Recorded career-highs of 20 points and nine assists in the Tigers’ win vs. Iowa
  • Set a career-high in rebounds in Mizzou’s next outing, grabbing eight boards in the team’s win over Miami (Ohio)
  • Dealt out five assists before going out in the Saint Louis game
  • Returned to the lineup against Baylor on Feb. 11, scoring nine points in 13 minutes off the bench
  • Played 43 of a possible 50 minutes in the Tigers’ double-overtime thriller against Kansas State , recording 11 points and four rebounds
  • Would rank among the Big 12 leaders in five different categories if she would have appeared in 75 percent of MU’s games
  • Her 10.5 ppg ranked third on the Mizzou squad, while her 2.0 spg led the team.

College – Mizzou (Freshman Season 2002-03)

  • Averaged 3.2 points and 1.3 rebounds while working into the point guard rotation as a freshman
  • Had her breakout game at Savvis Center in St. Louis against her hometown’s school, Illinois … was 5-of-7 from the field, including a runner as the halftime buzzer sounded, on her way to a season-high 11 points … also had a season-high six rebounds in that contest
  • Added another 11-point outing vs. IUPUI  … had a season-high four steals in that game as well
  • Made an impressive eight-point, three-steal debut at Southwest Missouri State, hitting three of her first four collegiate shots, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range
  • Had a season-high three assists vs. Austin Peay
  • Saw action in all but two of MU’s 31 games.

High School Career 1998-2002

  • Earned Honorable Mention All-State honors from the Chicago Tribune her senior year at Urbana High School
  • Set school record with 483 points (19.3 ppg) to lead the Tigers to a 24-5 record
  • Shot a career-best 76.1 percent from the free-throw line
  • Also set career scoring average at 16.6 points per game while netting a school-record career total of 1,225 points
  • As a junior, averaged 15.3 points per game and made better than 60 percent of shots … team went 24-4 and advanced to the Illinois State High School Association’s (IHSA) Sweet Sixteen in Class AA (largest schools) … while at the state tournament, finished second in the IHSA’s 3-point competition
  • Chosen by the Chicago Sun Times as one of the Top 10 players in downstate Illinois
  • Named all-state honorable mention as a junior
  • Named all-area and all-conference in 2001
  • Named all-conference and all-area pick as a sophomore, when she averaged 15 points per game
  • A three-time recipient of the Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete award
  • Also ranked as one of the area’s top athletes in the high jump and triple jump