Jayne Appel-Marinelli to retire at end of 2016 WNBA season

San Antonio Stars center Jayne Appel-Marinelli will retire at the end of the 2016 WNBA regular season, the team announced on Friday morning.

Appel-Marinelli will retire from professional basketball after seven years in the WNBA, all with the Stars. She was originally selected fifth overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft.

“Jayne has been a wonderful, positive presence on and off the court for the Stars, Spurs Sports & Entertainment and the WNBA,” said Stars Head Coach Dan Hughes. “A caring leader, she has forged a path for performance and enriching the San Antonio community. It has been a pleasure to coach Jayne and I am excited to watch her life as she enters her future.”

Appel-Marinelli ranks second in career blocks (190), third in total rebounds (1,289), third in field goal percentage (.496), fourth in career games played (213), fifth in games started (150).

“It has been such an incredible journey the past seven years with the Stars. I am humbled and honored to have been a part of such a loyal and professional organization in Spurs Sports & Entertainment,” said Appel-Marinelli. “I feel extremely lucky to be able to say that I spent my entire career in San Antonio playing alongside some of the best teammates and coaches to ever be a part of the game.”

The seven-year veteran has made her mark in the Alamo City, volunteering locally at Clarity Child Guidance Center and nationally with Bring Change 2 Mind to end the social stigmas surrounding mental health.

Stephen Anderson

Assistant editor for Stars Hoops. Stephen brings his unique writing style from Minute By Minute Sports, a sports blog he founded. He also has written for news websites and for UK reality TV shows. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@andersonstevem) for all the latest news on San Antonio sports

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