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Natalie Achonwa
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Natalie Achonwa's Bio

About Natalie Achonwa

Position: Center

WNBA Years: 3

Height: 6-4

Weight: 183

Born: November 22, 1992 in Guelph, Ontario

High School: St. Mary’s Catholic (Hamilton, Ontario)

College: Notre Dame ‘14

Drafted: By Indiana, first round, 2014 WNBA Draft (9th overall)

Signed: Feb. 5, 2015


  • Two-time Olympian (2012, 2016) with Canada
  • 2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team
  • Career 55 percent FG shooting is 2nd in Fever history
  • Led Notre Dame to four consecutive NCAA Final Fours


Natalie Achonwa has completed three WNBA seasons with Indiana, following her first-round selectiion (9th overall) in the 2014 WNBA Draft…Achonwa missed the 2014 season with an ACL injury sustained in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and played her rookie campaign in 2015…she earned All-Rookie accolades in 2015, made 24 appearances in 2016 and made 17 starts in 34 games last season…in 2015, Achonwa led all WNBA rookies with a 55.0 percent shooting clip…she finished fourth among first-year players in scoring and rebounding…missing part of the WNBA season to honor commitments with the Canadian National Team, she helped Canada to gold medals at the FIBA Americas Championship and the Pan Am Games…she made a second Olympics appearance with Canada during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


2017: The third-year center averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds during a career-best 18.3 minutes of action…she reached double-figure scoring nine times, including a career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting against New York, 7/28…she matched a career-high with nine rebounds at Atlanta, 8/26…she led the Fever in scoring with 13 points and career highs of seven FTs on eight attempts at Dallas, 5/30…she was second on the club in shooting with a 55.7 percent field-goal clip…she reached double-digit scoring in three straight games, 5/28 to 6/3, to match the longest streak of her career.

2016: Achonwa appeared in 24 games off the bench, averaging 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game…she played in 8.1 minutes per game while shooting 36-of-66 (54.5%) from the floor…she scored a season-high 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting against Washington, 8/27…she contributed seven points and a season-high eight boards against Atlanta, 5/29.

2015: A member of the WNBA All-Rookie Team, Achonwa completed her rookie season with averages of 8.0 points and 3.5 rebounds during 17.3 minutes per game…her 55 percent shooting led all WNBA rookies, and she ranked fourth among rookies in scoring and rebounding…she managed a season-high 14 points against Minnesota, 6/6, and a season-high nine rebounds vs. Atlanta, 9/11…she made 17 starts in 28 total appearances…Achonwa replaced Erlana Larkins in the starting lineup early in the year and earned WNBA Rookie of the Month honors, becoming the first Fever player ever to win the award…during June, she paced all rookies with 10.2 points per game…she shot 52.6 percent for the month with 4.6 rebounds and 21.5 minutes per game…Achonwa reached double-figure scoring in seven of her first 10 games…she finished with 11 double-figure scoring efforts, overall.

2014: Achonwa resided in Indianapolis following her final year of college while rehabbing the ACL injury sustained as a senior…she doubled as the director of basketball operations with Notre Dame, through another trip to the NCAA Final Four.


2016:  Achonwa contributed four points and four rebounds in a Round 1 loss to Phoenix.

2015:  Appearing in six playoff games, Achonwa averaged just seven minutes per game…she was a starter in her playoff debut against Chicago, finishing with four points and four rebounds, which both were playoff highs for the rookie…she totaled 10 minutes while appearing in Games 1 and 2 of the WNBA Finals against Minnesota.


2013-14:  “Ace” finished her career ranked 12th on Notre Dame’s career scoring list (1,546), fourth in rebounds (970), tied for fifth in double-doubles (28) and sixth in career field goal percentage (.562)…she helped Notre Dame reach four consecutive Final Four appearances…she earned Associated Press All-America Third Team, All-ACC Second Team and NCAA Notre Dame Regional All-Tournament Team honors during her senior season… she started 33 games and averaged a career-high 14.9 points to go along with 7.7 rebounds and a career-best 2.8 assists per game…Achonwa posted a team-high eight double-doubles…she finished second in the ACC, third nationally and seventh in Notre Dame single-season history with a .611 field goal percentage…her season ended when an ACL injury knocked her from the NCAA Regional Final against Baylor.

2012-13:  Achonwa earned Associated Press All-America Team honorable mention, First-Team All-Big East and NCAA Norfolk Regional All-Tournament Team honors…she started all 37 games while averaging 13.8 points and a career-high 9.5 rebounds per game…she set a school record and led the Big East with 19 double-doubles, including three during the NCAA Tournament…she shot 52.0 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the free throw line.

2011-12:  As a sophomore, she played in 36 games and made one start while averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game…she finished third in the Big East with a team-high .557 field goal percentage…she was named to the NCAA Raleigh Regional All-Tournament Team and helped the Irish reach the NCAA National Championship Game.

2010-11:  Named to the Big East All-Freshman Team, Achonwa appeared in all 39 games off the bench during her freshman season…she averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game with a .566 field goal percentage.


2016-17:  In 34 games, Achonwa shot 50 percent from the floor while averaging 12.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game with KEB Hanabank in South Korea.

2015-16:  Achonwa played with Napoli (Italy) in EuroCup competition, averaging 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. In the Italian League, she posted 19.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.


2016:  Making her second Olympics appearance, Achonwa played in all six games for the Canadian team that reached the Olympic quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil…she averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds during 11.4 minutes per game.

2015: Achonwa helped Canada to gold-medal finishes at both the Pan Am Games (Toronto, Canada) and the FIBA Americas Championship (Edmonton, Canada) while qualifying for the 2016 Olympics…Canada went undefeated in both events, defeating Cuba in the Americas Championship to reach a second second straight berth in the Olympics…Achonwa averaged 10.0 points and 3.5 rebounds off the bench in six games…she shot 54.5 percent in the tournament.

2013: Natalie helped the Canada Senior Women’s National Team earn a silver medal and qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Championships at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico… she averaged 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in six games.

2012:  Achonwa appeared in six games for the Canadian team that reached the Olympic quarterfinals in London…she averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 19 minutes per game.

2010:  She played in eight games for Team Canada at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in the Czech Republic, averaging 4.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in eight games.

2009:  She made her Canadian Senior National Team debut at age 16 at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship in Brazil…Achonwa helped Team Canada win a bronze medal and a berth in the 2010 FIBA World Championships…she played in all five games during the tournament while averaging 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game…earlier in the summer, she appeared in nine games for the Junior Women’s National Team  at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Thailand.

2008:  Achonwa made her international debut at age 15 for Canada’s Junior Women’s National Team at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Argentina…she helped her team win the silver medal with a 4-1 record as she averaged 7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.


Last name is pronounced uh-CHON-wuh…native of Guelph, Ontario…engaged on 7/2/17 to Mario Crawford, the couple resides in the Indianapolis suburb of Brownsburg…daughter of Marion and Manny Achonwa…has one older brother, Adrian, and one younger sister, Kendra…her brother, Adrian, played basketball at the University of Guelph (Ontario)… in 2009, was selected as one of Guelph’s “top 40 influential people under 40” by the Guelph Mercury…graduated in May 2014 from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business with her bachelor’s degree in management-consulting.


(1) Drafted by the Indiana Fever with the 9th overall pick, first round, in the 2014 WNBA Draft, 4/14/14. (2) Signed with the Fever, 2/5/15.

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