|WNBA's Tulsa Shock – No. 28|
June 22, 1982 |
Sierra Vista, Arizona
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|Draft||3rd overall, 2004
|Charlotte Sting (2004)
Sacramento Monarchs (2005–2009)
New York Liberty (2010–present)
|Awards and honors|
|Pac-10 Player of the Year (2002, 2004)
Pac-10 Tournament MVP (2002, 2003, 2004)
AP All-American First Team (2004)
Kodak All-American First Team (2002, 2003, 2004)
WNBA Most Improved Player (2005)
WNBA Champion (2005)
1× WNBA All-Star (2009)
Nicole Kristen Powell (born June 22, 1982 in Sierra Vista, Arizona) is a basketball player who was a standout at Stanford University and now plays for the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA. She has also excelled on the Fenerbahçe Istanbul squad in Europe. Powell has joined the coaching staff of the Gonzaga University women's basketball team.
Powell played for Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was named a WBCA All-American. She also was named a 2000 Parade Magazine First Team All-American in 2000 and the Arizona Player of the Century by the Arizona Republic. She participated in the 2000 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored fourteen points.
In addition, Powell during her high school years earned all-region selection in both tennis and track, won the state badminton singles championships in 1997, 1999 and 2000, won the state discus title in 2000, and was an Arizona 5A doubles runner-up in tennis in 2000.
Powell played the forward position for Stanford University women's NCAA basketball team. During her tenure there, she broke many school records, was named an All-American three times, and won numerous awards. She majored in urban studies.
On March 3, 2005, she was traded to the Sacramento Monarchs in a multi-player deal. The trade greatly aided the Monarchs in the 2005 season while Powell enjoyed a breakout year and eventually was named the recipient of that year's WNBA's Most Improved Player award. She played a pivotal role in the Monarchs' 2005 WNBA Finals victory over the Connecticut Sun.
Although the Monarchs struggled in subsequent years, Powell's statistics continued to improve. In 2009, with several of her teammates hobbled by injuries, Powell averaged 16.7 points per game and was the best free throw shooter in the WNBA with 97.9% of attempts made. She also participated in the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game, where she scored 21 points off the bench.
The Monarchs ceased operations following their 2009 season. The New York Liberty selected Nicole Powell with the first pick in the ensuing dispersal draft. She was traded to the Tulsa Shock, starting with the 2013 season.
In 2003, Powell helped the United States women's national basketball team win a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She also helped national teams win a bronze medal (in the Czech Republic) and a gold medal (in Argentina) at two other international tournaments.
During the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 WNBA off-season, Powell contributed to Fenerbahçe's victories each year in the Turkish women's basketball league championship. In 2007–2008 she played for CSKA Moscow in Russia, in 2006–2007 for Perfumerias Halcon Avenida in Spain, in 2005–2006 for Fenerbahçe for the first time, also winning the country's championship, and 2004–2005 Basket Spezia in Italy. Now Powell is a player of Polish team – TS Wisła Kraków.
- Position: Guard/Forward
- Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.88 m)
- Weight: 175
- College: Stanford University
- Team(s): New York Liberty, Sacramento Monarchs, Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca, Fenerbahçe Istanbul, Charlotte Sting, TS Wisła Can-Pack Kraków
Awards and achievements
- 2009 WNBA All-Star Selection
- 2005 WNBA Most Improved Player
- Profile on Fenerbahce.org
- Kallam, Clay (Nicole Powell to join coaching staff at Gonzaga). "Nicole Powell to join coaching staff at Gonzaga". FullCourt.com. Retrieved 29 Aug 2013.
- "2000 WBCA High School All-Americans". WBCA. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
- "2000 WBCA High School All-America Game". WBCA. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
- Stanford University player profile
- Nicole Powell at WNBA.com
- WNBA article on her winning the "Most Improved Player" Award in 2005
- Reprinted September 29, 2006 Arizona Republic article on being named grand marshal at her high school