Pondexter Shines in Autumn
By Ros Gold-Onwude
OBAMA. ROMNEY. PONDEXTER.
Cappie Pondexter is having such a strong Autumn season, perhaps the only thing left for her to do is put her name on today’s Presidential ballot.
Pondexter led the Liberty to a late season surge into the playoffs, was named WNBA Player of the Month in September, signed a three year extension with the Liberty, was named to the 2012 All-WNBA First Team, and most recently tasted success overseas in Turkey leading Febernahce to victory in the Turkish President’s Cup.
TURKISH PRESIDENT’s CUP
On October 17th Febernahce defeated Galatasaray 62-45. Turkish leagues boast some of the best competition of any country in the world, however, with the season in its very early stages both teams were rusty and Galatasaray was without many of its star players. Lindsay Whalen was preparing for the WNBA Finals with the Minnesota Lynx in the United States and the Atlanta Dream’s Sancho Lyttle had not reported in yet. The Chicago Sky’s Sylvia Fowles did play for Galatasaray adding 11 points, however, reports claim she is limited by a calf injury. For Febernahce, Pondexter played along side Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream. Imagine the luxury of a team that boasts the WNBA’s first and third ranked top scorers. McCoughtry led the team with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Pondexter added 11 points. With the victory, Febernahce won their eight Turkish President’s Cup.
ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE
Cappie Pondexter shouldered a great deal of responsibility for the Liberty during the 2012 WNBA season. She averaged 20.4 points, 4.3 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in 34 minutes per game for New York. Pondexter finished the season as the third ranked scorer in the league, however, as the only player on the Liberty who consistently created her own shot, many of her shots were taken out of necessity as the shot clock ran down. Pondexter scored about 30% of the Liberty’s points, but that number is not indicative of her full impact on the Liberty’s offense. Many of New York’s other perimeter players received spot up shots around the three-point line off of Pondexter’s penetration and pitch out. Post players benefitted as Cappie attacked the rim and attracted help side defense. Pondexter also went to the line 166 times while the next highest number of free throws taken on the team was 83 by Plenette Pierson. Because the Liberty did not threaten to attack the rim for fouls, even more pressure laid on Cappie to create offense. Literally, the Liberty went as Cappie went. That is A LOT of responsibility with very little balance. Still, in the face of adversity, through tough losses, and numerous personnel injuries that led many to count the Liberty out, Pondexter managed to increase her determination, contributions, and leadership in the month of September and rallied the Liberty to a second straight post season berth.
MUCH MORE THAN BASKETBALL
Cappie wins on and off the court. Pondexter is the CEO of 4 Season Style Management, a fashion styling and image consulting company. With a passion for fashion as motivation, Cappie originally started the company to help fellow athletes take a stylish approach to their personal presentation. “It’s hard to find trendy clothing that fits our arms or thighs and our body builds. But it is important for us to know and for the public to know that we are beautiful.” Pondexter’s company now services a number of celebrities, athletes, and models. Pondexter is on the attack on WNBA courts, overseas, and in the business world- a superstar in many different respects.