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Nicky Anosike #13 Forward

Nicky Anosike

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WNBA Career Capsule
*2009 WNBA All-Star *2008 All-WNBA Rookie Team * In 2009 while playing for Minnesota, became just the second player in league history to lead her team in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks).

2012 (Los Angeles): Acquired by the Sparks in a trade with Washington in exchange for Natasha Lacy and LaToya Pringle on Feb. 23,2012…Missed 21 games due to arthoscopic surgery on her knee…Played the final 10 regular season games...Averaged 1.0 points,1.2 rebounds and 5.7 minutes per game…Played in three of four postseason contests, averaging 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 6.3 minutes.

2011 (Washington): Scored a career high 29 points in the Mystics overtime win over Atlanta on June 9…Also posted a career high 13-for-18 from the free throw line in a career high 44 minutes on June 9 against the Dream…recorded a career high eight steals vs. the Chicago Sky on August 20 with five of her eight steals coming in the fourth quarter alone…led the team in rebounds in 14 games…grabbed 10+ rebounds in seven games…posted four double-doubles this season…finished eighth in the league in rebounds per game (7.2)…ranked eighth in the league in total steals (49)… surpassed 1,000 career points, scoring 16 points in the Mystics regular season opener against the Connecticut Sun on June 4…traded to the Washington Mystics on April 9, 2011 in exchange for the Mystics 2012 1st round pick.

2010 (Minnesota): Started 30 games…Averaged 9.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg, which ranked tenth in the WNBA...Grabbed the eighth-most offensive boards (82) among all league players...Steals per game average of 2.0 was second-highest, and blocks per game mark of 1.0 tied for ninth...Only WNBA player to appear among the top-10 in both of those defensive categories...Ninth in the WNBA in both free throws made (119) and attempted (154).

2009 (Minnesota): Completed her second season in Minnesota by leading the team in all five major counting categories -- scoring (13.2 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg), assists (2.7 apg), steals (2.70 spg) and blocked shots (0.93 bpg) -- while logging 29.9 mpg... Became just the second player in WNBA history to accomplish that feat; Tamika Catchings has led Indiana across the board multiple times... Rebound and steal averages both set club records... Represented the Western Conference in the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game (held July 25 in Connecticut)... Ranked second in the WNBA in steals, seventh in rebounds, 10th in FG accuracy (49.1%), 12th in blocks, 18th in scoring and 23rd in assists (3rd among post players)... Posted seven double-doubles on the season... Pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds Aug. 13 vs. Indiana, topping the club single-game record (15)... 24-point effort Aug. 9 vs. San Antonio (also July 7 vs. Washington), her fifth 20+ night of the season and one of seven times she led... …Led the WNBA in FTs attempted (194)... Picked off a career-high seven steals June 30 at Atlanta…Blocked a career-high five shots June 10 vs. Los Angeles; she finished one steal shy of posting the second "5x5" effort in WNBA history (Candace Parker vs. Indiana, May 29, 2008).

2008 (Minnesota): Named to the league's All-Rookie Team and shattered the franchise single-season mark for steals... Started all 34 games, averaging 9.2 ppg (3rd-best among rookies) and a club-record 6.8 rpg in 27.1 mpg…Led the WNBA in steal/turnover ratio (1.79-to-1) and ranked second in steals (2.21 spg), ninth in rebounding and 10th in blocked shots (1.26 bpg); only player in the league to finish among the top 10 in all three of those categories... Her 75 steals match the second-highest total by a center in WNBA history; Yolanda Griffith swiped 83 in 2000 and 75 in 2004... Collected five point/rebound double-doubles, and Minnesota's leading rebounder on 19 occasions... Pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds Sept. 3 at Phoenix (one of 15 double-digit board efforts)…Tallied a season-high 20 points and 12 rebounds June 3 at Atlanta... Also had 20 points (along with a season-high four blocks) May 27 at Houston.

COLLEGE Started 133 games in her collegiate career, the third most in Tennessee history…Finished her career at Tennessee ranked second all-time in games played (146), fifth in free throws made (381), free throw attempts (585), and blocks (161), and seventh in total rebounds (914)... Is one of only 13 Lady Vols to amass 1,000 points and 800 rebounds in her career and is the 33rd player in Lady Vols history to score more than 1,000 career points ... For her academic and community excellence was named the NCAA’s 2008 Woman of the Year…... 2007-08: Averaged 8.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 38 games ... Posted 12 points and six steals in the NCAA Championship game in leading Tennessee to its eighth NCAA title ... Named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team ... Selected to the Academic All-American second-team by ESPN the Magazine... 2006-07: Averaged 7.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in her junior season, which ended with Tennessee’s seventh national championship ... Named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team ... Grabbed the third-most rebounds (16) in an NCAA championship game in tournament history... Earned Dean’s List and a perfect 4.0 during the fall semester ... Named to the SEC All-Academic Team ... 2005-06: Finished the year ranked 14th in the UT record books in career blocks (80) ... Grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds against George Washington to help the Lady Vols advance to the Sweet 16 ... Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Third Team ... Earned SEC All-Academic honors ... 2004-05: Joined teammate Alexis Hornbuckle as a unanimous selection to the SEC All-Freshman Team ... Ranked first on the team in blocked shots (33) and second in rebounding (6.1 rpg) ... Earned Dean’s List honors after recording a 3.65 GPA during the fall ... Earned a spot on the SEC All-Academic Freshman Team.

Personal

Born on Feb. 27, 1986 in Brooklyn, NY... Full name is Nkolika Nonyelum Anosike ... The daughter of Ngozi Anosike ... Has seven siblings ... Was a triple major at Tennessee and graduated in May 2008 with degrees in Criminal Justice, Political Science and Legal Studies ... Was a member of the National Honor Society and a four-year High Honor Roll recipient at St. Peter’s for Girls in Staten Island, NY ... Hopes to become a lawyer after her playing career is complete.

Career Transactions

Traded to the Los Angeles Sparks on Feb. 23, 2012 in exchange for LaToya Pringle and Natasha Lacy...Traded to the Washington Mystics on April 9, 2011 in exchange for the Mystics 2012 1st round pick…Selected by Minnesota in the 2nd round (16th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft... Signed first professional contract on April 20, 2008.