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Natalie Achonwa's Bio

About Natalie Achonwa

Position: Center

WNBA Years: 4

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

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

 

  • Breakout 2018 campaign included six double-doubles, 10.3 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game
  • Two-time Olympian (2012, 2016) with Canada
  • 2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team
  • Career 54 percent FG shooting is 2nd in Fever history
  • Led Notre Dame to four consecutive NCAA Final Fours

 

Natalie Achonwa has completed four WNBA seasons with Indiana, following her first-round selection (9th overall) in the 2014 WNBA Draft…she was the Fever’s top rebounder during a breakout 2018 campaign that included 34 starts and six double-doubles to become just the fourth player in club history with as many in a season…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 in 2017…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…she enters the 2019 season exactly 100 points shy of 1,000 for her career.

Missing part of the 2015 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…among Canadian-born players, Achonwa is tops in the WNBA with a 54.2 career shooting percentage…third in career scoring and rebounding among Canadian-born players, she is 100 points shy of becoming the third Canadian ever to score 1,000 points in the WNBA (Tammy Sutton-Brown, 2010; Stacey Dales, 1377).

PRO – WNBA

2018: Achonwa paced the Fever and was 13th in the WNBA with 6.9 rebounds per game…with 10.3 points per game, she joined WNBA Most Improved Player Natasha Howard as the league’s only players with at least a 3.0 improvement in points and rebounds over 2017…she joined Tamika Catchings, Erlana Larkins and Natalie Williams as the only players in club history with at least six double-doubles in a season…four of her double-doubles came within Indiana’s first 12 games, including then-career highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds at Washington, 5/20…she later set new career highs with 26 points and 15 boards in an overtime loss to Las Vegas, 6/12…her fifth double-double came at New York, 8/4, and her sixth came on the season’s final weekend with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Chicago, 8/18…she had six games with at least 20 points, led all Fever starters with 52.7 percent shooting from the floor and she led the club with 23 blocked shots…she was the only Indiana player to start all 34 games and she averaged a career-best 26.0 minutes per game.

2017: The third-year center averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds during what was then a career-best 18.3 minutes of action…she reached double-figure scoring nine times, including a then-career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting against New York, 7/28…she had a season-high nine rebounds at Atlanta, 8/26…she was second on the club in shooting with a 55.7 percent field-goal clip.

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.

 

PLAYOFFS

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.

 

PRO-OVERSEAS

2018-19: Achonwa appeared in 25 games with Jiangsu in China, averaging 25.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game…she turned in top performances with 42 points and 17 rebounds, and 42 points and 15 rebounds, in back-to-back outings in December.

2017-18: Achonwa led Woori Bank to a 29-6 record and WKBL regular season and tournament championship in South Korea…she played in the WKBL All-Star Game.

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.

 

INTERNATIONAL

2018:      Achonwa finished as Canada’s second-leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during a six-game 2018 FIBA World Cup in Tenerife, Spain…she shot 47 percent from the floor with her best game of the tournament a 13-point, 7-rebound performance in a loss to China.

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.

 

COLLEGE

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.

 

PERSONAL

Last name is pronounced uh-CHON-wuh…native of Guelph, Ontario…Achonwa is the daughter of Marion and Manny Achonwa…she has one older brother, Adrian, and one younger sister, Kendra…her brother, Adrian, played basketball at the University of Guelph (Ontario)… in 2009, she was selected as one of Guelph’s “top 40 influential people under 40” by the Guelph Mercury…she graduated in May 2014 from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business with her bachelor’s degree in management-consulting…conducted her first Ace of Hoops basketball skills camp on March 8-9, 2019 in Guelph, Ontario…personal website is NatalieAchonwa.com.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

(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. (3) Re-signed with Indiana, 2/1/19.

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