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Star at North Meck, N.C. State played in all of franchise's games


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The Charlotte Sting has parted ways with guard Andrea Stinson, a hometown star who has started each of the WNBA team's 273 games.

Stinson, 37, an unrestricted free agent, won't be offered a contract, said Trudi Lacey, Sting general manager/coach, on Wednesday.

Stinson, the third-leading scorer (3,329 points) in WNBA history, is playing in Turkey and couldn't be reached for comment.

"Stint's been great and wonderful," Lacey said. "This is hard, very hard. To move in the direction we need to be competitive, the way to do it these days in the WNBA is to get younger."

Stinson, a Cornelius native who was All-America at North Mecklenburg High and N.C. State, averaged 13.1 points in eight seasons.

She played in three WNBA All-Star games and was Charlotte's leading scorer its first six seasons.

Stinson was one of the first two players assigned to Charlotte when the WNBA formed in January 1997.

She is second in WNBA career minutes (7,954) and fifth in assists (797). She averaged 14.8 points in 19 playoff games.

Stinson's play slipped last year, when she had career lows in scoring (6.0), assists (1.4) and shooting (41 percent).
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