March 3, 2005 – The Charlotte Sting have acquired veteran forward Tangela Smith
from the Sacramento Monarchs, it was announced today by general manager and head coach Trudi Lacey. Charlotte will also receive Sacramento’s second round pick in 2006 in exchange for Nicole Powell
, Olympia Scott-Richardson
and Erin Buescher
“This move continues our commitment to building a team that will compete for the 2005 WNBA Championship,” said Lacey. “Tangela Smith solidifies our frontcourt and gives us another serious scoring and rebounding threat. She is an impact player who has been one of the WNBA’s top post players throughout her career.”
Smith posted 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks last season to help the Monarchs reach the 2004 Western Conference Finals. A 6-4 forward, Smith holds averages of 11.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 223 games over her seven-year WNBA career. She also ranks third among WNBA career leaders with 306 total blocks, seventh with 1,078 field goals made, eighth with 2,500 field goal attempts, 10th with 1.37 blocks per game, 12th with 1,118 total rebounds, 13th with 363 offensive rebounds, 15th with 755 defensive rebounds, 17th with 2,552 points and 19th with 6,133 minutes played.
Originally selected by the Monarchs with the 12th overall pick in the 1998 WNBA Draft, Smith has played in 193 consecutive games and is one of only 14 players in WNBA history to record over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
A 1998 graduate of the University of Iowa, Smith averaged 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds over her four-year college career. She was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection as a senior. A native of Chicago, Smith’s professional career also includes stints in Italy, Spain, Korea, Turkey and Israel.
Powell, a 6-2 guard/forward, averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 31 games last year for Charlotte while shooting .413 (50-121) from the floor and .414 (24-58) from three-point range. Selected by the Sting with the third overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Powell finished her collegiate career at Stanford University as the school’s all-time leader in career rebounds (1,143) and third all-time leading scorer (2,062). A three-time All-American, she earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors twice and was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2001. Powell is currently playing for La Spezia in Italy.
Scott-Richardson, a 6-2 forward and six-year WNBA veteran, posted 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 34 games in 2004. Signed by Charlotte as a free agent on March 16, 2004, Scott-Richardson has averaged 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 166 career games with the Utah Starzz, Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever and Charlotte Sting. A 1998 graduate of Stanford University, she averaged 12.9 points and 6.4 rebounds over her four-year collegiate career. Scott-Richardson has spent this past offseason as a first-year head coach at William Smith College in Geneva, New York.
Buescher, a 6-2 forward, has averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 75 games over her three-year WNBA career. She spent two seasons with the Sting after beginning her career with the Minnesota Lynx in 2001. Buescher sat out the 2004 season for personal reasons and is currently playing overseas in Greece. A 2001 graduate of The Master’s College, Buescher averaged 17.6 points per game as a senior and was named the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Player of the Year. She spent her first three years of college at the University of California-Santa Barbara, where she earned Big West Player of the Year honors in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
“Nicole, Olympia and Erin all contributed to the Sting in positive ways,” said Lacey. “We wish them the very best as they continue their WNBA careers.
The Charlotte Sting will open their ninth season on May 21 at the Charlotte Coliseum as they host the Washington Mystics at 6 p.m. Season ticket plans begin at just $102 and are available now by calling a ticket sales representative at (704) 424-WNBA. Fans can also download a full season schedule and further ticket information at www.charlottesting.com.