Achonwa at the 2012 London Olympics
|No. 14 – Indiana Fever|
November 22, 1992 |
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|High school||St. Mary's Catholic
|College||Notre Dame (2010–2014)|
|WNBA draft||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Fever|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
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. Natalie was born in Guelph, Ontario and is 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) tall.
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.
Natalie was recruited as the first ever international player on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team.
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. In 2012, She was named to the NCAA Raleigh Regional All-Tournament Team. 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.
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.
On April 14, 2014, Natalie was drafted ninth overall by the Indiana Fever basketball club.
- "Women's Basketball". London2012.com. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
- "Natalie Achonwa". www.und.com. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- Brady, Rachel. "Canadian Natalie Achonwa making basketball history at Notre Dame". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
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