Wendy Palmer

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Wendy Palmer
Wendy Palmer UNC Greensboro.JPG
Born (1974-08-12) August 12, 1974 (age 40)
Timberlake, North Carolina
Nationality American
High school Person (Roxboro, North Carolina)
College Virginia
WNBA draft Elite draft, 1997
Utah Starzz
WNBA career 1997–2006
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Utah Starzz (1997–1999)
Detroit Shock (2000–2001)
Orlando Miracle (2002)
Connecticut Sun (2003–2004)
San Antonio Silver Stars (2005)
Seattle Storm (2006)
Awards and honors
2004 Most Improved Player

Wendy Palmer (born August 12, 1974), is a former professional basketball player in the WNBA, and current Head Coach of the UNCG women's basketball team. Her primary position was forward.

High school[edit]

Born in Timberlake, North Carolina, Palmer attended Person Senior High School in Roxboro, North Carolina, where she was named a High School All-American by the WBCA.[1] She participated in the inaugural WBCA High School All-America Game in 1992, scoring eleven points.[2]


Palmer graduated from the University of Virginia in 1996, and is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

USA Basketball[edit]

Palmer was named to the team representing the USA at the 1994 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan. The USA team won all eight games, winning the gold medal, but not without close calls. In three games the teams had to come from behind to win. One preliminary game ended up as a single point victory, and the gold medal game went to overtime before the USA team beat South Korea by a single point, 90–89. Palmer was the leading scorer for the team, averaging 18.9 points per game. She also led the team in rebounding with 9.3 per game.[3]

WNBA career[edit]

Palmer was originally drafted by the Utah Starzz 9th overall in the 2nd round of the 1997 Elite draft. She played for the Starzz until 1999, when she became a member of the Detroit Shock.

In 2002, she played for the Orlando Miracle, which later became the Connecticut Sun. In 2004, while as a member of the Sun, she received the WNBA Most Improved Player Award.

In 2005, she played for the San Antonio Silver Stars. After the season ended, she was hired as an assistant coach to the women's basketball team at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In 2006, she signed a free agent contract with the Storm, but played only five games with the team before suffering a partially torn Achilles tendon in her left foot.

Coaching career[edit]

Palmer took her first coaching position at Virginia Commonwealth University while playing in the WNBA. In 2007 she joined the staff at the University of Kentucky under Coach Matthew Mitchell. She remained there until 2009.

In 2009, Palmer became an assistant coach at the University of Virginia under legendary Coach Debbie Ryan.

In 2011, Palmer became the head women's coach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.



  1. ^ "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. 
  2. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  3. ^ "1994 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 

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