Natalie Achonwa

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Natalie Achonwa
Natalie Achonwa.jpg
Achonwa at the 2012 London Olympics
WNBA's Indiana Fever
Forward
Born (1992-11-22) November 22, 1992 (age 22)
Guelph, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
High school St. Mary's Catholic
College Notre Dame
Draft 9th overall, 2014
Indiana Fever
WNBA career 2014–present
WNBA teams
Indiana Fever (2014-present)
Awards and honors
  • 2011 Big East All-Freshman Team

Natalie Achonwa (born November 22, 1992) is a Canadian basketball player for the Indiana Fever in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She attended university at, and played on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team.[1] Natalie was born in Guelph, Ontario and is 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) tall.[2]

High School[edit]

Natalie attended Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Guelph, Ontario for grade 9 before moving to Hamilton, Ontario to play with Canada Basketball's NEDA program at St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School.[2]

University[edit]

Natalie was recruited as the first ever international player on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team.[3]

In 2011, Natalie was named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team along with being selected BIG EAST Freshman of the Week in her freshman season.[2] In 2012, She was named to the NCAA Raleigh Regional All-Tournament Team.[2] In her Junior season, She was named as an Honorable Mention for the Associated Press All-America Team. Since her freshman season, she and her team have had four Final Four appearances and three National Championship appearances.[2]

In what ended up being her final home game, the six-foot-three forward suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament with about five minutes left in Notre Dame's 19-point victory over Baylor on March 31, 2014. This win helped push the Irish into the NCAA Final Four.

International career[edit]

She competed for Canada in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Professional career[edit]

Indiana Fever[edit]

On April 14, 2014, Natalie was drafted ninth overall by the Indiana Fever basketball club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Basketball". London2012.com. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Natalie Achonwa". www.und.com. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Brady, Rachel. "Canadian Natalie Achonwa making basketball history at Notre Dame". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 20 March 2014.