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Tangela Smith
2012 Playoff Statistics
PPG1.0
RPG0.5
APG0.5
EFF +1.00

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• WNBA All-Time Leader in Game Played (448)
• WNBA Championship (2007, 2009)
• WNBA All-Star (2006)

San Antonio Silver Stars
2012: Played in 15 games ... Missed 16 games from May 30 to July 13 due to arthroscopic surgery on her left knee ... Averaged 2.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game ... Made her Silver Stars debut in the season opener at Tulsa on May 19 ... Made her return from injury at Tulsa on Aug. 17 ... Scored her first points with the Silver Stars at Phoenix on Aug. 19 ... Had four points in her home debut against Washington on Aug. 21 ... Notched three rebounds against Tulsa on Aug. 25 ... Had five points and a pair of rebounds at Seattle on Sept. 21 ... Posted season-highs with 15 points and five rebounds while adding a career-best six assists against Minnesota on Sept. 23 ... Playoffs: Played in both Western Conference Semifinal games against Los Angeles ... Averaged 1.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

Indiana Fever
2011: Played in 33 games, starting 32 … Averaged 7.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game … Notched 12 double-figure scoring performances … Scored a season-high 16 points against Chicago on June 4 … Became the fourth player in WNBA history to make 2,000 field goals at Tulsa on Aug. 5 … Scored 14 points, had a season-high nine rebound and tied a career-high with five assists at Los Angeles on Aug. 18 … Playoffs: Started all six postseason games … Averaged 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game … Scored a playoff career-high 25 points, including a career-best five 3-point field goals against Atlanta on Sept. 22.

Phoenix Mercury
2010: Started all 34 regular-season games … Averaged 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game … Ranked fifth on the team in scoring average and third in rebounding … Ranked second on the team with 29 blocked shots … Scored in double figures 13 times, including 10 of the final 19 contests … Matched a season-best 21 points and 10 rebounds against New York on July 3 … Recorded 18 points, shooting 7-of-8 from the floor against San Antonio on Aug. 6 … Had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Chicago on Aug. 10 … Became the WNBA all-time leader in games played with her 411th at Indiana on Aug. 13 … Playoffs: Started all four postseason games … Averaged 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

2009: Helped Phoenix capture its second WNBA Championship … Started all 34 games … Averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game … Led the WNBA in 3-point field goal accuracy, shooting a career-best 35.2 percent from beyond the arc … Ranked third in the WNBA in blocks per game (1.58) … Became the third player in league history to rank in the top five in both 3-point shooting and blocked shots in the same season … Shot a career-high 87.0 percent from the free throw line … Hit 36-consecutive free throws from July 8, 2008 to July 18, 2009, setting a franchise record from consecutive free throws made … Led the team in blocks on 21 occasions … Led the team in rebounding nine times … Notched a season-high 13 boards versus Chicago on July 8 … Had 20 points at Sacramento on July 11 … Scored a season-high 23 points against Minnesota on July 22 … Playoffs: Started all 11 postseason games … Averaged 9.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game … Averaged 10.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in the WNBA Finals … Had 11 3-pointers in the Finals series against Indiana, including a pair of fourth quarter three’s in the deciding game five that broke an 80-80 tie and gave Phoenix its final lead.

2008: Started all 25 games she played before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 12 … Averaged 11.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks per game … Ranked third on the team in scoring average … Led the team in rebounding a team-high 13 times … Led the team in blocks on nine occasions … Became the seventh player in league history to reach the 4,000 career point plateau at Atlanta on July 1 … Recorded a season-high five blocks at Sacramento on July 24.

2007: Helped Phoenix capture its first WNBA title … One of three Phoenix players to start every game … Averaged 12.6 points, a career-high 6.5 rebounds and 1.65 blocks per game … Led the team and ranked fourth in the WNBA in blocks per game … Led the team in rebounding average … Playoffs: Started all nine postseason games … Averaged 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game … Set season playoff highs with 18 points and 10 rebounds in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at Detroit.

Charlotte Sting
2006: Started all 34 games … Averaged 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game … Led the team with 29 blocked shots … Recorded three double-doubles on the season … Scored a season-high 25 points on two occasions.

2005: Started all 31 games in which she played … Averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.65 steals and 1.0 blocks per game … Ranked seventh in the WNBA in minutes per game and ninth in steals average … Led the team in scoring average and minutes per game (34.3) … Recorded one double-double and had five 20-plus scoring performances.

Sacramento Monarchs
2004: Started all 34 games … Averaged 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game … Notched double-figure scoring on 21 occasions … Playoffs: Helped Sacramento to the Western Conference Finals … Started all six playoff games … Averaged 15.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per game … Scored a playoff career-high 24 points in Game 1 of the conference finals against Seattle.

2003: Started all 34 games … Averaged 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per game … Scored in double-figures in 26 games … Notched a pair of double-doubles … Scored her 2,000th career point against Cleveland on July 15 … Playoffs: Started all six playoff games … Averaged 12.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

2002: Started all 32 games … Averaged 14.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game … Ranked fourth in the WNBA with 46 total blocks and fifth in blocks per game … Finished fourth in voting for the Most Improved Player of the Year Award .

2001: Started all 32 games … Averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.7 blocks per game … Ranked seventh in the WNBA in blocked shots … Had two double-doubles on the season …Playoffs: Started all five playoff games … Averaged 11.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

2000: Started all 32 games … Averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 blocks per game … Ranked third in the WNBA in blocks … Led the team in blocks per game … Candidate for the WNBA’s Most Improved Player Award … Playoffs: Started both playoff games … Averaged 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.

1999: Played in 31 games, making three starts … Averaged 8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game … Averaged 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.33 blocks through her three starts … Ranked eighth in the WNBA in blocks … Notched 11 double-figure scoring performances … Playoffs: Started Sacramento’s lone playoff game … Had 14 points and two rebounds in the contest.

1998: Played in 28 games, making 10 starts … Averaged 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game … Ranked third in the WNBA in blocks per game … Had 10 double-figure scoring performances including two 20-plus scoring games … Had one double-double on the season.

WNBA Offseason
2012-13: Signed with Hungary's Uni Gyor on February 21, 2013.

2011-12: Played for Turkey’s Tarsus Belediyesi … Averaged 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 blocks per game through 17 contests.

2010-11: Played for Poland’s CCC Polkowice beginning in January 2011 … Helped the team to a second-place finish in the PLKK regular-season standings … Averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game through 15 games.

2009-10: Played for Turkey’s Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor beginning in December 2009… Averaged 14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game through 17 games.

2008-09: Played for China’s Liaoning … Helped lead the team to a league championship title.

2007-08: Began the season with Israel’s Elizur Ramla … Averaged 15.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game through nine Turkish League games … Averaged 18.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 blocks per game through six EuroCup games … Moved to Russia’s Dynamo Moscow in January 2008 … Averaged 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals through 12 Russian League games … Averaged 6.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists through seven EuroLeague contests … Helped the team advance to the EuroLeague quarterfinals.

2006-07: Played for Turkey’s Galatasaray in January 2007 … Led the team to the TBBL Semifinals … Averaged 15.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game through 11 games.

2005-06: Started the season with South Korea’s Samsung Life Bichumi … Moved to Turkey’s Fenerbahce in February 2006 … Helped the team capture the Turkish Cup title.

2004-05: Played for Poland’s Wisla Can-Pak … Averaged 17.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists through nine Polish League games … Averaged 13.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game through nine EuroLeague contests.

2003-04: Played for Italy’s Taranto … Averaged 16.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

2001-02: Played for Korea’s Shinsegae Coolcat … Helped lead the team to a league championship title.

2000-01: Played for Turkey’s Botasspor … Helped lead the team to a TKBL championship.

1998-99: Played for Italy's Priolo ... Averaged 18.6 points and 7.3 rebounds through 12 games played ... Ranked sixth in the Italian League with 5.4 defensive rebounds per contest. USA Basketball
2004: Invited to try out for the 2004 USA Basketball Women’s Olympic Team … Participated in the team’s undefeated (16-0) exhibition schedule … Played in six games … Averaged 8.2 points per game while shooting 69.7 percent from the floor.

1997: Represented the United States at the R. William Jones Cup competition in Taiwan … Helped the team capture the Silver Medal with a 6-1 record … Averaged 8.0 points per game while shooting 54.8 percent from the floor.

Iowa
• Big Ten Player of the Year (1998)
• Kodak/WBCA All-America Honorable Mention (1998)
• All-Big Ten First Team (1998, 1997, 1996)

Senior (1998-98): Named Big Ten Player of the Year … Earned her third-consecutive All-Big Ten First Team honor … Garnered honorable mention All-America accolades from Kodak/WBCA … Finished her career with averages of 13.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game through 116 games … Left Iowa ranked third all-time in rebounds (859) and seventh in scoring (1,598) … Led Iowa in scoring average (19.9), rebounding average (8.4), blocked shots per game (1.8) and field goal percentage (55.9) … Scored a career-high 37 points against Richmond on Dec. 7.

Junior (1997-98): Earned All-Big Ten First Team accolades … Led Iowa to the Big Ten title … Averaged 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

Sophomore (1996-97): Garnered All-Big Ten First Team honors … Helped Iowa capture the Big Ten tournament title … Averaged 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Freshman (1995-96): Helped Iowa capture the Big Ten conference championship.

George Washington High School: Played at George Washington High School in Chicago, Ill. … Earned 1994 High School All-America honors from Kodak and the WBCA … Participated in the WBCA High School All-America game.

Personal

Tangela Nicole Smith … Born on April 1, 1977 … Hometown is Chicago, Ill. … Graduated from the University of Iowa in 1998 with her degree in sports, health, leisure and physical studies and a minor in business administration.

Career Transactions

Acquired by San Antonio from Indiana in exchange for Roneeka Hodges on Feb. 16, 2012 … Signed with Indiana as a free agent on February 2, 2011 … Traded to Phoenix by Minnesota in exchange for the rights to No. 1 draft pick Lindsey Harding on April 4, 2007 … Selected by Minnesota with the second selection in the 2007 WNBA Dispersal Draft from the Charlotte Sting on Jan. 8, 2007 … Acquired by Charlotte from Sacramento along with a 2006 second round draft pick in exchange for Nicole Powell, Olympia Scott-Richardson and Erin Buescher on March 3, 2005 … Selected by Sacramento in the second round (12th overall) of the 1998 WNBA Draft on April 29, 1998.