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Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe
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Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe's Bio

About Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed a 2017 Training Camp contract with the New York Liberty.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Made her WNBA debut against the San Antonio Stars on May 13, 2017
  • Made her 1st-career WNBA start at Washington on June 29, 2017

2017:  Appeared in 32 games, making a pair of starts… Averaged 3.7 ppg and 1.8 rpg… Scored in double figures three times with a season-high 12 points coming at Connecticut on 8/18… Made her first career start at Washington on 6/29… Scored 6 points in playoff game against Washington (9/10)…Posted 4 points and 2 rebounds against Dallas (9/3)…Pulled down 5 rebounds, 1 short of her career-high. Posted 7 points for the 2nd consecutive game in win over San Antonio (9/1)…Scored 7 points against Chicago. Recorded a new career-high with 2 steals. Also had 3 rebounds (8/27)…Tallied a career-high 12 points scoring in double figures against the Sun for the second time this season (8/18)… Scored 9 points, 1 shy of her career-high. Matched career-high wth 6 rebounds at LA (8/4)…Finished 5 with points in win at Chicago. Tied her career-highs for assists and steals with 2 and 1 respectively (7/30)…Collected 4 points and 4 rebounds against Minnesota (7/25)…Posted a 12 +/- rating finishing with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block playing 17 minutes in a win over Washington (7/16)…Made a 2nd-straight start and scored a basket in the 1st quarter against Atlanta (7/2)…Made her 1st career start in the WNBA against Washington. Also had 1 rebound (6/29)…Scored 3 points and had 1 rebound in 15 minutes against Connecticut (6/23)…Dished out 2 assists and pulled down 3 rebounds in OT win over Dallas (6/16)…Matched her career-high of 10 points for a 2nd-straight game, and also hauled in 4 rebounds playing a season-high 23 minutes at Connecticut (6/14)… Scored in double figures for the 1st time in her career finishing with 10 points, also tallied a career-high 6 rebounds off the bench against Seattle (6/11)… Finished with 4 points and 1 rebound in win over Atlanta Dream (6/7)…Scored a career-high 8 points against Phoenix, also pulled down 4 rebounds and had 1 steal (6/4)…Had 3 points and 2 rebounds in win over Dallas (6/2) …Scored a career-high 5 points against LA, also set a career high with 4 rebounds (5/30)…Scored her first WNBA basket, had 3 points, and 1 rebound against Seattle (5/26) …Played for 5 and a half minutes versus the Lynx (5/18) …In her WNBA debut played 7 minutes and collected 1 rebound against San Antonio (5/13).

PRO OVERSEAS: Raincock-Ekunwe played professionally in Switzerland in 2013-14 before moving to Germany (2014-16) and then onto Australia and France in 2016. ..In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Raincock-Ekunwe ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 7.7 points per game and tied for the lead in total rebounds with 36… Played for Nantes in the French League during the 2017-18 season and also competed in the EuroCup Women Tournament.

COLLEGE/INTERNATIONAL: As a member of the Canadian national development team she competed at the 2011 Universiade, averaging 16.1 minutes per game… As a university freshman, Raincock-Ekunwe helped Simon Fraser win the CIS national title in 2009-10, the last year before the school joined the NCAA… After she concluded her collegiate career her jersey from the 2012-13 season, when she led SFU to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16, was hung in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee…  She gained her first experience with the senior national team in exhibition games leading up to the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament… In 2015 she represented Canada at the Pan American Games in Toronto, as well as at the FIBA Americas Championship, winning a pair of gold medals.

Personal: Parents Charles Ekunwe and Denise Raincock…Started playing basketball at age 8… Loved the Toronto Raptors and wanted to be a basketball player when she grew up… Enjoys reading, practicing languages, exploring new cities… Nickname is Nay… Game day routine includes eating a big breakfast and watching a movie.

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