Nicole Ohlde Retiring From the WNBA
“This is a decision I put a lot of thought into,” Ohlde said. “I have had a wonderful seven years playing in the WNBA and although it was a difficult decision for me I knew it was the right one. My body the past couple years has felt worn down so I felt like it was time that I took a break. I'm looking forward to having the summer to rest up and finally spend some time with my family.”
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The Shock acquired Ohlde in a mid-season trade along with a 2011 First Round pick, which ended up being Stanford’s Kayla Pedersen, in exchange for Kara Braxton. In 12 games with the Shock, Ohlde started nine, averaging 7.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 25.1 minutes.
Despite her solid production with the Shock, Ohlde feels that injuries have slowed her down the past few years, further encouraging her to retire from playing basketball stateside.
“Anytime you have an injury it is a low point in your career,” Ohlde said. “As an athlete you want to be able to be at your best and help your team win so when you are not able to do that you can feel helpless. The past two years I have come back at the beginning of the WNBA season hurt.”
Ohlde was selected sixth overall out of Kansas State by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2004 WNBA Draft. She played in Minnesota for five seasons, statistically having her best year in 2007 when she averaged 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds, before joining the 2009 Phoenix Mercury’s championship squad.
“Being drafted was a very exciting time in my life and then winning the WNBA championship with Phoenix in 2009,” said Ohdle, describing the highlights of her career.
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Although Ohlde won’t miss the wear-and-tear that a year-round basketball schedule has had on her body, she is already missing gathering with her teammates in training camp and then traveling with them across the country, specifically “the amazing shopping in different cities.”
Having arrived from playing overseas in late-April, Ohlde admits that she feels weird that she won’t be attending training camp this year but is at the utmost peace with her decisions and a simpler summer ahead.
“I plan on resting my body for a while and spending some quality time with my family back in Kansas,” Ohlde said.