Cappie Pondexter

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Cappie Pondexter
No. 23 – Chicago Sky
Position Guard
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1983-01-07) January 7, 1983 (age 33)
Oceanside, California
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High school John Marshall Metropolitan
(Chicago, Illinois)
College Rutgers (2002–2006)
WNBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Phoenix Mercury
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2008 Fenerbahçe Istanbul
20062009 Phoenix Mercury
2008–2012 UMMC Ekaterinburg
20102014 New York Liberty
2012–2014 Fenerbahçe Istanbul
2015–present Chicago Sky
2015–present Beşiktaş
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Cappie Marie Pondexter (born January 7, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was born in Oceanside, California and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Pondexter is known for her scrappy play, quick crossovers and midrange jumpshot. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.

High school[edit]

While growing up in Chicago, Pondexter was a close friend of basketball star Dee Brown.

Pondexter played for John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago where she was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2001 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored sixteen points, and earned MVP honors.[1][2]


Pondexter attended college at Rutgers University. She led the Scarlet Knights to a 97–22 record and back-to-back Big East Championships in 2005 and 2006. She competed in four NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2005. During the 2005–2006 season, Rutgers compiled a 27–5 record, including a 16–0 record in Big East Conference play. Pondexter took home several awards, including the 2006 Women's Basketball News Service National Player of the year. In her career, the guard scored over 2,000 points.

Rutgers statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002-03 Rutgers 29 532 47.7 35.8 79.8 5.1 4.9 1.8 0.2 18.3
2003-04 Rutgers 33 592 41.7 38.1 76.9 4.6 4.3 1.8 0.1 17.9
2004-05 Rutgers 27 397 46.0 45.8 79.1 3.5 3.1 1.8 0.3 14.7
2005-06 Rutgers 32 690 48.3 48.8 81.0 4.2 3.2 1.7 0.1 21.6
Career Rutgers 121 2211 45.8 42.6 79.2 4.4 3.9 1.8 0.2 18.3

WNBA career[edit]

Pondexter was selected 2nd overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. As a rookie, she was named to the western conference WNBA all star team.

In 2007, Pondexter played a key role in the Mercury's championship run, and was named 2007 WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player after averaging 22 points per game during the hard-fought five-game series.

During the 2009 WNBA season Pondexter became the first player in WNBA history to win 3 consecutive Western Conference Player of the week awards. She was also named to her third WNBA All-star team as a Western Conference reserve.

  • 2006 WNBA All-star player
  • 2007 WNBA All-star player
  • 2007 WNBA championship winner with Phoenix Mercury
  • 2007 WNBA Final MVP
  • 2009 WNBA All-star player
  • 2009 WNBA championship winner with Phoenix Mercury

At the end of the 2009 season, Pondexter helped the Mercury defeat the Indiana Fever 3 games to 2 to win the WNBA championship, the second title for the team in 3 years.

In March 2010, Pondexter was traded to the New York Liberty as part of a three-team, multiplayer deal. Pondexter indicated in interviews that she had requested the trade.[4] In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in the fifteen-year history of the WNBA.[5]

In February 2015, Pondexter was traded to the Chicago Sky for Epiphanny Prince.[6]

WNBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high League leader

Regular season[edit]


Europe career[edit]

The 2006–07 campaign marked Cappie Pondexter's first campaign in Europe. She was a major contributor to the success of the Fenerbahçe Istanbul club. When her side's quarter-final match-up against Ros Casares was tied at 67, Pondexter scored the winning basket with just seconds remaining to lift Fenerbahçe to victory. In that same game, she registered 10 assists and 4 steals. Pondexter was among the top five in scoring throughout the season.

After successful two seasons at Fenerbahçe, Pondexter signed with the UMMC Ekaterinburg club in the Russian Superleague, where she played during the winters of 2008–09 and 2009–10.[7]

She signed again with Fenerbahçe Istanbul for 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons on 2 January 2012.[8]

USA Basketball[edit]

On the international stage, Pondexter was a member of the USA Women's U18 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. The event was held in July 2000, when the USA team defeated Cuba to win the championship. Pondexter averaged 6.6 points per game.[9]

Pondexter was named to the USA Women's U19 team which represented the USA in the 2001 U19 World's Championship, held in Brno, Czech Republic in July 2001. Pondexter scored 11.0 points per game, and helped the USA team to a 6–1 record and the bronze medal.[10]

Pondexter won gold medals with the USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, 2005 World University Games,[11] 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women, 2002 World Championship for Young Women Qualifying Tournament and 2000 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament.

Pondexter was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009.[12] The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants. At the conclusion of the training camp, the team traveled to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they competed in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational.[12]

Pondexter was named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball.[13] This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010.[14]

Pondexter was one of 21 finalists for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Roster. The 20 professional women's basketball players, plus collegiate player (Brittney Griner), were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee to compete for the final roster which will represent the USA at the 2012 Olympics in London.[15]

Awards and achievements[edit]

4 Seasons Style Management[edit]

Cappie started her Style Management company 4 Seasons Style Management, which has since style the new urban rock band Guitars N Bandanaz.:[16]


In March 2011, Pondexter drew controversy after posting comments on her Twitter account regarding the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.[17] Pondexter tweeted: "What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there [sic] own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes." She later tweeted: "u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can't expect anything less."[18] In response to the negative response to her comments, Pondexter replied: "I wanna apologize to anyone I may hurt [sic] or offended during this tragic time. I didnt [sic] realize that my words could be interpreted in the manner which they were people that knw [sic] me would tell u 1st hand im [sic] a very spiritual person and believe that everything, even disasters happen 4 a reason and that god [sic] will shouldnt be questioned. But this is a very sensistive [sic] subject at a very tragic time and I shouldnt [sic] even have given a reason for the choice of words I used. If youve [sic] lost respect for me thats [sic] totally fine but please dont [sic] let me or my words lose the respect of u the WNBA and what it stands for."[19]


  1. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  2. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Team MVP's". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  3. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved 22 Sep 2015. 
  4. ^ Phoenix Mercury's Cappie Pondexter initiated trade to New York
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Sky send Epiphanny Prince to New York for Cappie Pondexter". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  7. ^ Cappie Pondexter Basketball Career (EuroBasket)
  8. ^ She kept her promise
  9. ^ "Fourth Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team -- 2000". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Fifth FIBA Women's U19/Junior World Championship -- 2001". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Twenty-Second World University Games -- 2005". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "USA Basketball Women's National Team To Tip-Off Training Tomorrow In D.C.". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  13. ^ "Six Olympic Gold Medalists Among 11-Member Team Set To Participate In WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game". USA Basketball. June 30, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  14. ^ "FIBA World Championship for Women". FIBA. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Twenty-One Finalists In The Mix For Final 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team Roster". USA Basketball. February 13, 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
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  17. ^ "Cappie Pondexter sorry for tweets". ESPN. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Pondexter Apologizes for Tweet About Japan". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  19. ^ "Former Rutgers standout Cappie Pondexter apologizes for Japan remarks on Twitter". Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 

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