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Nakia Sanford #43 Forward/Center

Nakia Sanford

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CAREER CAPSULE
  • Two-time candidate for Most Improved Player of the Year
  • Has played in 204 of her team's last 205 regular season games (entering 2012)
  • Tallied 1,750+ points and 1,250+ rebounds in her career

    2011 WNBA SEASON

  • Appeared in 33 of the team's 34 games: Has played in 204 of her team's last 205 regular season games
  • June 10: First DNP since 2005, snapping a streak of 173 consecutive games played
  • Started the final 16 games of the season
  • Aug. 26: Grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds, her first double-digit rebound game since July 23, 2008
  • Aug. 26: Recorded her 14th career double-double
  • Scored in double figures four times
  • Shot 48.4 percent from the field, her best since 2007 (.530)

    2010 WNBA SEASON

  • Played in all 34 games for the fifth-straight season, making 22 starts
  • Averaged 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game
  • Scored 1,500th career point on June 19 vs. Chicago
  • Reached double figures in scoring 10 times

    2009 WNBA SEASON

  • Played in all 34 games
  • Blocked 14 shots, bringing her career total to 103
  • Collected her 1,000th career rebound
  • Grabbed 147 total rebounds
  • Averaged 6.3 points per game

    2008 WNBA SEASON

  • Played in all 34 games, starting 28 times
  • Averaged 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game
  • Ranked 17th in the WNBA in total rebounds (188)
  • Scored 10 or more points eight times
  • Grabbed 10 or more rebounds five times
  • Led her team with three double-doubles

    2007 WNBA SEASON

  • For the second-straight season was a candidate for Most Improved Player of the Year, setting career-highs in nearly every statistical category: 11.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.8 steals, 53% field goal, 66.5% free throw
  • Recorded career highs in total points (375), total rebounds (242), minutes played (994) and blocks (28)
  • Ranked fourth in WNBA in total rebounds (career-high 242) and rebound average (career-high 7.1)
  • Ranked second in WNBA in field goal percentage (career-high 53%)
  • Played in all 34 games, starting 31 times
  • Tied a career-high with 25 points against Minnesota on July 10
  • Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Connecticut on Aug. 19
  • Led her team in rebounding 15 times
  • Grabbed the 500th rebound of her career on June 22 against Houston

    2006 WNBA SEASON

  • A candidate for Most Improved Player of the Year, set career-highs in nearly every statistical category: 8.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 51.9% field goals
  • Ranked fifth in the WNBA in field goal percentage (.519)
  • Scored a career-high 25 points against Chicago on July 9
  • Led her team in rebounding six times
  • Recorded five assists and four steals, both career-highs, against Sacramento on Aug. 5

    2005 WNBA SEASON

  • Played in 27 games
  • Averaged 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 0.4 steals in 10.9 minutes per game

    2004 WNBA SEASON

  • Played in 31 games, making 29 starts
  • Averaged 5.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.6 steals in 21.1 minutes per game
  • Shot 50.0% from the field

    2003 WNBA SEASON
    Averaged 2.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game Played in just 17 games, spending much of her rookie season on the injured reserve Signed as a free agent with Washington on April 30, 2003

    COLLEGE CAREER

  • Two-time All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (1997, 1999)
  • Graduated from Kansas ranked fourth on the school�s all-time career rebounding list (832) and blocked shots list (89)
  • Left Kansas ranked fifth on the school�s all-time career minutes played list (3,403)
  • Appeared in 128 career games, then the second-most of any player in Jayhawks history
  • A member of the 1995-96 Kansas team that won the final Big Eight title
  • A member of the 1996-97 Kansas team that won the first ever Big 12 title
  • Made four trips to the NCAA tournament, including the school�s first two Sweet Sixteen appearances (1996, 1998)
  • Graduated in 1999 with career averages of 7.6 points and 6.5 rebounds

    INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL TEAM

  • Spent 2010-11 offseason playing with TED Kayseri in Turkey
  • Spent 2009-10 offseason playing in Ibita, Spain
  • Spent 2008-09 season playing in the Eurocup for Vologda-Chevakata
  • Spent 2007-08 offseason playing for Umana Reyer in Venezia, Italy
  • Spent 2006-07 offseason playing for Umana Reyer in Venezia, Italy
  • Spent 2005-06 offseason playing in Israel
  • Personal

    Parents are Jackie and Gary Johnson and Jerome and Angela Choates
    Raised in Decatur, Ga.
    Majored in broadcast journalism
    Founded the Betty Ann Robinson Foundation, which provides support to young people

    Career Transactions

    Signed by Washington, April 30, 2003.