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La'Tangela Atkinson #12 Guard/Forward

La'Tangela Atkinson
2012 Preseason Statistics
PPG2.0
RPG2.0
APG1.0
EFF +3.00

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Background

WNBA TRANSACTIONS:

3/23/07: Acquired from Indiana in exchange for the Monarchs 2008 second round draft pick…4/5/06: Selected by Indiana in the first round (ninth overall) of the WNBA Draft.

2007 WNBA SEASON:
Averaged 2.1 ppg (.468 FG%, .000 3FG%, .737 FT%), 1.6 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.2 bpg, and 8.1 mpg through 28 games played…Scored a season-high seven points and five rebounds on three occasions…PLAYOFFS: Averaged --- ppg (.000 FG%, ---3FG%, --- FT%), --- rpg, --- apg, 0.5 spg, --- bpg and 3.5 mpg through two playoff games.

WNBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Averaging 2.6 ppg (.448 FG%, .263 3FG%, .552 FT%), 2.0 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.1 bpg and 10.6 mpg through two WNBA seasons and 61 career games with Sacramento and Indiana…2006: Averaged 3.0 ppg (.437 FG%, .294 3FG%, .462 FT%), 2.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.2 bpg and 12.6 mpg through 33 games played (one start)…Ranked ninth-best among the WNBA's rookies in rebounds per game…Scored a career-high 15 points vs. Minnesota (6/2) starting in place of Tamika Catchings…PLAYOFFS: Averaged 3.0 ppg (.222 FG%, --- 3FG%, .500 FT%), 8.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.5 spg, 1.0 bpg and 15.0 mpg in two playoff games…Recorded a post-season career-high 11 rebounds vs. Detroit (8/17).

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Spent the 2007-08 offseason in Israel for a second time and played for Beni Yehuda (averaged 22 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.3 bpg and 38.2 mpg) and Elizur Holon (averaged 19 ppg, 11 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.0 bpg and 38.2 mpg)…During the 2006-07 offseason, averaged 17.4 points and 12.5 rebounds with Raanana Hertzliya in Israel and appeared in 11 games before ending her season with a hamstring injury…Led the Israel League in rebounds before returning to the United States in January.

COLLEGE:
The first player in ACC history to record more than 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 350 career assists…Played in all 134 games and started 117 during her North Carolina career...Finished her career with 1,012 rebounds, sixth in UNC history...Ranks 10th in program history with 374 career assists and 22nd in scoring with 1,235 career points...Only player in school history who ranks Top 10 in both rebounding and assists for her career…2005-06: Led North Carolina to a 33-2 record (tied for best in school history) and a No. 1 ranking for most of her senior season and reached the program’s first Final Four since 1994...Named to the 2006 ACC All-Defensive team and the 2006 ACC All-Tournament Second Team…Selected as an Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press...One of 17 Division I seniors selected to play in the WBCA All-Star Challenge, but did not participate because UNC was competing in the Final Four...Only player in the ACC to ranked in the Top 10 in both rebounding (7th) and assists (10th) in conference games...Averaged 9.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and ranked second on the team in both assists and rebounding...Named ACC Player of the Week (12/12)...Had a career-high nine assists on two separate occasions...Tied her career-high with 15 rebounds at Duke (1/29)...2004-05: Honorable Mention All-ACC selection, led the team in rebounding and ranked sixth in the ACC averaging 7.4 rpg...Averaged 8.3 ppg, and ranked 11th in the league in steals with 2.03 per game...Tallied seven double-doubles...Recorded a season-high 19 points against Wofford…2003-04: Named to the 2004 All-ACC Third Team…Finished the season as the ACC’s leading rebounder, averaging 8.1 rpg...Ranked third on the team in scoring with 9.9 ppg...Scored a career-high 22 points at Virginia (1/29)…2002-03: Selected as the 2003 ACC Rookie of the Year…Named to the 2003 ACC All-Freshman Team... All-ACC Tournament Second Team honoree...Named Honorable Mention All-ACC…Named Third-Team Freshman All-America by WomensCollegeHoops.com...Led Carolina in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and ranked fourth on the team in scoring (9.7 points per game)...Ranked second in the ACC in rebounding...Named ACC Rookie of the Week six times.



Personal

  • La’Tangela Chiquita Atkinson is the daughter of Gloria and Jeffrey McCloud
  • Has a younger brother, Ja’Curas (6) and a younger sister, Ta’Nay (2)
  • At UNC, she completed a double major in communication studies and Afro-American studies
  • A prep All-American at Lee Central High School, she was named South Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year in her junior and senior years and the state’s Miss Basketball as a senior
  • Led the Stallions with a triple-double (29 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) as the team won the 2002 State Championship
  • Averaged 20.5 points and 15.2 rebounds per game her senior year at OHHS
  • Lee Central also won the title in 2001, finishing undefeated. Atkinson played in the state championship game four times, the first two with Bishopville High, which merged with another school to become Lee Central after her sophomore year A four-time All-State, All-Region and All-Conference selection Also played three years of softball (earning MVP honors as a pitcher and first baseman) and two years of volleyball

Career Transactions

WNBA TRANSACTIONS:

3/23/07: Acquired from Indiana in exchange for the Monarchs 2008 second round draft pick…4/5/06: Selected by Indiana in the first round (ninth overall) of the WNBA Draft.