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Cappie Pondexter

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2008 Olympics, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2005 World University Games, 2003 FIBA World Championship For Young Women (U21), 2002 World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament (U20), 2000 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament (U18)
  • Silver Medal: FIBA World League Tournament
  • Bronze Medal: 2001 FIBA Junior World Championship (U19)
  • Competed on five junior teams in a span of six summers (2000-05) before being called up to the USA National Team in 2006. Since then, helped the USA capture the 2008 Olympic gold medal (8-0), the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold (5-0) and post a 13-3 exhibition record.
  • Attended the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas, was injured and unable to participate.
  • 2012 U.S. Olympic Team finalist.
  • Helped the USA National Team post a 4-2 exhibition record in 2010 and 2011.
  • Aided the 2007 USA Select Team to a 3-2 record and the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
  • Led all 2007 FIBA Americas Championship competitors for assists (4.8 apg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (6.00).
  • Alternate for the 2006 USA World Championship Team and trained with the squad prior to the Worlds.
  • One of two WNBA rookies-to-be named to the 2006 USA National Team that won the Australia-hosted 2006 Opals World Challenge.
  • Co-captain of the 2005 USA World University Games Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record in Izmir, Turkey; finished ranked among all participants in the 20-team tournament third for assist-to-turnover ratio (1.64) and sixth for assists (3.29 apg.).
  • Co-captain of the 2003 USA World Championship for Young Women (U21) Team that captured the gold medal with a 7-1 record in Sibenik, Croatia; also aided the U.S. to a 4-0
    exhibition record.
  • Co-captain of the 2002 USA World Championship for Young Women Qualifying (U20) Team that finished with a 4-0 record and the gold medal in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. The squad also earned a pair of exhibition victories over the Brazil senior and young women national teams.
  • Member of the 2001 USA Junior World Championship (U19) Team that posted a 6-1 record and earned the bronze medal in Brno, Czech Republic.
  • Member of the 2000 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying (U18) Team that recorded a 5-0 record and earned the gold medal in Mar del Plata,
    Argentina.

Professional Notes:

  • Drafted: No. 2 in 2006 by the Phoenix Mercury; the New York Liberty aquired her rights via at three-team trade on March 30, 2010; the Chicago Sky acquired her rights in a trade on Feb. 16, 2015.
  • WNBA Titles: 2007, 2009.
  • WNBA Finals MVP: 2007.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2009, 2010, 2012.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2011.
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team: 2006.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014.
  • Top 15 Players in WNBA History (15th Anniversary Team): 2011.
  • EuroLeague All-Star Games: 2007, 2008.
  • EuroLeague All-Star Game MVP: 2007.
  • Competed during 2014-15 in Australia and helped lead the Dandedong Rangers to the WNBL semifinals.
  • Averaged 13.2 ppg. and 3.9 apg. in 2014 as New York went 15-19. 
  • Averaged 16.9 ppg. and 4.0 apg. as the 2013 Liberty finished the season with an 11-23 record.
  • Competed eight seasons in Europe, first with Fenerbahce (Turkey) for two years, then spent four and a half seasons at UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) and transferred back to Fener for the second half of the 2012-13 EuroLeague season and played there again in 2013-14; helped Ekat advance to three EuroLeague Final Fours (2009-11).
  • Aided the Liberty to the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Averaged a WNBA second-best 21.2 ppg. in 2008, trailing only Diana Taurasi’s 24.1 ppg.
  • In the 2007 playoffs averaged 23.8 ppg. and 5.8 apg. en route to the 2007 WNBA title and Finals MVP honors.
  • Finished runner-up to Seimone Augustus in the 2006 Rookie of the Year voting. 

Collegiate Notes:

  • During her four years (2003-06) at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights posted a 97-22 (.815) record, won the 2005 and 2006 Big East Conference championships, and competed in four NCAA Tournaments, including the 2005 Elite Eight.
  • NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player (2005).
  • National Player of the Year finalist (2005, 2006): Wade Trophy, Naismith Award, John R. Wooden Award and Nancy Lieberman Award.
  • Associated Press All-America first team (2006), third team (2005) and honorable mention (2003).
  • Big East Player of the Year (2006), four-time All-Big East first team, four-time Big East All-Tournament Team and Big East Rookie of the Year (2003).
  • Was able to practice with the 2001-02 Rutgers team but could not participate in games in accordance with NCAA initial-eligibility standards.

Personal Notes:

  • Born on January 7, 1983, in Oceanside, Calif., hails from Chicago, Illinois.
  • Daughter of Vanessa and Leo Pondexter, has one brother, Ronald Brown, and one sister, Latoya Pondexter.
  • Earned her degree in Africana studies at Rutgers.
  • Launched 4Season Style Management in Aug. 2010.
  • Attended John Marshall High School (Ill.), where she was named the 2001 National Player of the Year by the WBCA and Parade Magazine, and was elected as the 2001 Illinois Player of the Year by Gatorade and USA Today.
  • Became the first player in the state to twice be named Illinois Miss Basketball (2000, 2001).
  • During her four years, Marshall compiled a 116-8 record and earned three Chicago Public League titles, the 1998 Illinois state crown and a 1999 state runner-up finish. 

USA Basketball Statistics:

TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
11 WNT
5/ 5
20- 49
.408
2- 10
.200
5- 6
.833
13/ 2.6
47/ 9.4
11
0
4
10 WNT
1/ 1
2- 4
.500
1- 3
.333
2- 2
1.000
3/ 3.0
7/ 7.0
6
1
0
08 OLY
8/ 0
22- 38
.579
4- 9
.444
3- 4
.750
7/ 0.9
51/ 6.4
17
0
5
08 DIAM
3/ 0
7- 14
.500
0- 0
.000
1- 1
1.000
4/ 1.3
15/ 5.0
2
0
1
08 WNT
2/ 2
8- 21
.381
2- 7
.286
0- 0
.---
3/ 1.5
18/ 9.0
6
0
1
07 FWLT
5/ 0
17- 39
.436
1- 5
.200
7- 7
1.000
10/ 2.0
42/ 8.4
13
0
4
07 WTOA
5/ 0
4- 15
.267
1- 4
.250
6- 7
.857
7/ 1.4
15/ 3.0
24
0
6
06 OWC
4/ 0
1- 6
.167
1- 1
1.000
4- 6
.667
3/ 0.8
7/ 1.8
3
0
1
05 WUG
7/ 4
26- 56
.464
0- 9
.000
10- 13
.769
22/ 3.1
62/ 8.9
23
1
10
03 YW
8/ 8
16- 46
.348
3- 11
.273
7- 10
.700
13/ 1.6
42/ 5.3
8
0
7
03 YWX
4/ 4
15- 28
.536
4- 8
.500
2- 4
.500
6/ 1.5
36/ 9.0
20
0
4
02 YWQ
4/ 4
14- 27
.519
5- 8
.625
2- 2
1.000
10/ 2.5
35/ 8.8
26
2
10
02 YWQX
2/ 2
5- 17
.294
1- 2
.500
0- 0
.---
9/ 4.5
11/ 5.5
8
0
2
01 JWC
7/ 0
27- 53
.509
4- 7
.571
19- 30
.633
18/ 2.6
77/ 11.0
13
0
11
01 JWCX
4/ 1
12- 26
.462
0- 2
.000
8- 9
.889
10/ 2.5
32/ 8.0
7
0
7
00 JWCQ
5/ 0
8- 22
.364
1- 3
.333
16- 19
.842
5/ 1.0
33/ 6.6
13
1
8
Totals
75/31
204- 463
.441
30- 89
.337
94- 122
.770
146/ 1.9
532/ 7.1
201
5
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