Many of Sherill Baker's points were scored off layups following steals.
Jan. 23, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Sherill Baker, who owns the single-season and career steals records for both Georgia and the Southeastern Conference, will serve as the Lady Bulldogs' SEC "Legend" at this year's SEC Tournament in Duluth, Ga.
The tournament will be contested at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., about 15 minutes from where Baker starred as a prep standout at Greater Atlanta Christian School. She then went on to have an unparalleled career at the University of Georgia.
While she possessed a solid all-around game, Baker is best known as the SEC's "Queen of Thieves." As a senior in 2005-06, Baker led the nation with 149 steals in 32 games, breaking a 25-year-old SEC season record and shattering the league's career record with 426 steals - more than 50 more than the old mark. She also owns Georgia's single-game steals record and three of the top-10 season tallies by a Lady Bulldog.
As a senior, Baker was a finalist for the Wade Trophy and also was named National Defensive Player of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-America and All-SEC.
Baker, who also ranks No. 10 among UGA's career scoring leaders with 1,665 points, helped the Lady Bulldogs to the 2004 "Elite Eight" as well as "Sweet 16" appearances in 2003, 2005 and 2006. She was a first-round draft pick of the New York Liberty and played four seasons in the WNBA with New York, Los Angeles, Indiana and Detroit, as well as overseas in Israel, Italy and Greece.
Baker is currently the Director of Basketball Services for the Auburn women's basketball program.