Ticha Penicheiro #21 Guard

Ticha Penicheiro
2012 Regular Season Statistics
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WNBA Career Highlights:
The WNBA’s record holder for career assists (2,560) who also ranks second in steals (756) and games played (435)…A four-time All-Star from 1999-2002…Helped lead Sacramento to the 2005 WNBA title…Two-time First Team All-WNBA performer (1999, 2000) who earned a Second Team selection in 2001…Named as an honorable mention for the league’s All-Decade Team in 2006 as well as the Top-15 Players of All-Time in 2011.

2011 (Los Angeles): Averaged 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists while playing in all 34 games…Assists average ranked sixth in the WNBA, as did her assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3) … Reached the 2,500 career assist plateau Aug. 18 vs. Indiana…Scored a season-high 23 points against Tulsa on Aug. 9, her highest-scoring output since also tallying 23 points in June 2002…Recorded 11 assists on July 28 vs. Atlanta, equaling the most by a WNBA player in a single game on the season…Named one of the Top-15 WNBA Players of All-Time during a July 23 ceremony at the All-Star Game in San Antonio…Suited up in Nov. and Dec. 2011 with USK Prague in the Czech Republic.

2010 (Los Angeles): Averaged 4.9 points and league-best 6.9 assists per contest in her first season as a Spark…Also ranked first in assists per 40 minutes (10.4) and total assists with 220…Ranked second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1).

2009 (Sacramento): Posted averages of 4.9 points and 5.2 assists per game in her final season with the Monarchs.

2008 (Sacramento): Averaged 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.0 steals in 24.7 minutes per game…Started 32 of 33 contests…Became the first player in WNBA history to record 2,000 career assists…Became the WNBA’s all-time leader in steals.

2007 (Sacramento): Averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 23.7 minutes per game.

2006 (Sacramento): Named to the WNBA All-Decade Team …Ranked ninth in the WNBA in steals per game and total steals (58).

2005 (Sacramento): Helped lead the Monarchs to the team’s only WNBA Championship…Ranked sixth in WNBA in total assists (149).

2004 (Sacramento): Ranked fourth in WNBA in total assists (163).

2003 (Sacramento): Set a new WNBA/career-high with 10 steals on July 10 ...Earned the 2003 WNBA Cascade Dish & Assist Award

2002 (Sacramento): All-WNBA Second Team honoree after averaging 8.0 assists per game, which still ranks as her career-high…2.7 steals per game were her personal best in a single season…Passed the 1,000 mark in total assists for her career...Again selected as an All-Star Game starter.

2001 (Sacramento): Ranked first in WNBA in assists per game, 10th in steals per game…Ranked first in WNBA with 192 total assists, despite missing eight contests...Named Second Team All-WNBA and All-Star Game starter.

2000 (Sacramento): Led the WNBA in assists and finished fourth in steals…she named to the 2000 Western Conference All-Star Team as a starter…Recorded her 500th career assist at Seattle (6/15)

1999 (Sacramento): Named First-Team All-WNBA after averaging 7.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 7.1 apg, 2.1 spg in 35.0 mpg, starting all 32 games …Led the WNBA in assists for the second straight season…Ranked third in minutes and sixth in steals…Participated in inaugural WNBA All-Star Game.

1998 (Sacramento): Selected second overall in the 1998 WNBA Draft by the Monarchs…Finished third in Rookie of the Year balloting after averaging 6.3 ppg…Led the WNBA in assists per game with 7.5…Averaged 2.2 steal per game for fourth in league…Recorded 10 or more assists eight times.

College: Penicheiro led Old Dominion to the 1997 NCAA Championship game…During her Lady Monarchs career, collected 1,304 points, finished as ODU's all-time steal leader with 591, and ranked second all-time in assists with 939… As a senior, earned the Wade Trophy as the nation’s top player and was a two-time Kodak First Team All-American (1997 and 1998)…Completed degrees in communications and interdisciplinary studies.


Full name is Patricia Nunes Penicheiro…Her Father, Joao, was a former basketball player and now coaches her older brother, Paulo, who plays professionally in Portugal…Became an aunt during the 2008-09 off-season as her brother and his wife welcomed their first child, Joao Miguel.

Career Transactions

4/29/98: Selected in the first round (second overall) of the 1998 WNBA Draft.