Ukari Figgs

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Ukari Okien Figgs (born March 31, 1977) is an American former collegiate and professional women's basketball player.

High School and College years[edit]

Born in Georgetown, Kentucky, Figgs led the Scott County girls' basketball team to a state title in 1995, and she was named Kentucky's Miss Basketball.

Figgs then starred on the women's basketball team at Purdue University, averaging 11.6 points and 3.3 assists in her four-year career. In her senior season, Figgs averaged 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Purdue handily won the NCAA Championship that year (winning all of its tournament games by a margin of at least 10 points) and Figgs was named Most Outstanding Player of the 1999 NCAA Final Four. Figgs' other accomplishments while at Purdue included making the 1999 All-Big Ten team and the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Teams and winning the 1997 Best Defensive Player award. Figgs graduated from Purdue in 1999 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Purdue 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
1995-96 Purdue 30 117 37.0% 29.8% 80.0% 2.3 1.9 0.8 0.2 3.9
1996-97 Purdue 27 258 33.9% 34.4% 76.1% 3.5 3.1 1.0 0.1 9.6
1997-98 Purdue 33 510 43.5% 36.4% 85.9% 5.1 3.7 1.8 0.4 15.5
1998-99 Purdue 35 570 39.7% 34.2% 86.3% 4.5 4.2 1.7 0.2 16.3
Career Purdue 125 1455 39.4% 34.4% 84.1% 3.9 3.3 1.4 0.2 11.6

WNBA career[edit]

Figgs was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks in the third round (28th overall) of the 1999 WNBA Draft, and played for the Sparks for three seasons, which included a WNBA Championship in 2001. Figgs then played one season each for the Portland Fire and Houston Comets.

Prior to the start of the 2004 season, Figgs retired from the WNBA; she had averaged 6.5 points, 3.1 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and had played in 151 games on three different teams.

Life after the WNBA[edit]

She worked as a production engineer at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in her hometown of Georgetown, Kentucky, and as an assistant coach with the boys' varsity basketball team at Scott County High School. Figgs was appointed as an assistant coach to Purdue University's women's basketball team on April 13, 2009.[2] On June 6, 2011 it was announced Figg's would become an assistant athletics director for women's basketball at the University of Kentucky.

On November 1, 2013, Figgs announced that she was leaving UK to return to Toyota in Georgetown as an engineer. She cited the need to spend more time with her family as the reason for this move. [3]


  1. ^ "Purdue Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  2. ^ "Former Boilermaker Ukari Figgs Named Assistant Coach". April 13, 2009. Purdue University. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Figgs Accepts Engineering Position at Toyota". 1 November 2013. University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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