Cappie Pondexter

Position: Guard
Height: 5'9' / 176 cms.
Weight: 160 lbs. / 73 kgs.
WNBA Team: New York Liberty
School: Rutgers University '06
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Twitter: @cappa23

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2008 Olympics, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2005 World University Games, 2003 FIBA World Championship For Young Women (U21), 2002 World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament (U20), 2000 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament (U18)
  • Silver Medal: FIBA World League Tournament
  • Bronze Medal: 2001 FIBA Junior World Championship (U19)
  • Competed on five junior teams in a span of six summers (2000-05) before being called up to the USA National Team in 2006. Since then, has helped the USA capture the 2008 Olympic gold medal (8-0), the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold (5-0) and post a 13-3 exhibition record.
  • Attended the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas, was injured and unable to participate.
  • 2012 U.S. Olympic Team finalist.
  • Aided the 2007 USA Select Team to a 3-2 record and the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
  • Led all 2007 FIBA Americas Championship competitors for assists (4.8 apg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (6.00).
  • Alternate for the 2006 USA World Championship Team and trained with the squad prior to the Worlds.
  • One of two WNBA rookies-to-be named to the 2006 USA National Team that won the Australia-hosted 2006 Opals World Challenge.
  • Co-captain of the 2005 USA World University Games Team that captured the gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record in Izmir, Turkey; finished ranked among all participants in the 20-team tournament third for assist-to-turnover ratio (1.64) and sixth for assists (3.29 apg.).
  • Co-captain of the 2003 USA World Championship for Young Women (U21) Team that captured the gold medal with a 7-1 record in Sibenik, Croatia; also aided the U.S. to a 4-0
    exhibition record.
  • Co-captain of the 2002 USA World Championship for Young Women Qualifying (U20) Team that finished with a 4-0 record and the gold medal in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. The squad also earned a pair of exhibition victories over the Brazil senior and young women national teams.
  • Member of the 2001 USA Junior World Championship (U19) Team that posted a 6-1 record and earned the bronze medal in Brno, Czech Republic.
  • Member of the 2000 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying (U18) Team that recorded a 5-0 record and earned the gold medal in Mar del Plata,
    Argentina.

Professional Notes:

  • Drafted: No. 2 in 2006 by the Phoenix Mercury; the New York Liberty aquired her rights via at three-team trade on March 30, 2010.
  • WNBA Titles: 2007, 2009.
  • WNBA Finals MVP: 2007.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2009, 2010, 2012.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2011.
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team: 2006.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013.
  • Top 15 Players in WNBA History (15th Anniversary Team): 2011.
  • EuroLeague All-Star Games: 2007, 2008.
  • EuroLeague All-Star Game MVP: 2007.
  • Averaged 16.9 ppg. and 4.0 apg. as the 2013 Liberty finished the season with an 11-23 record.
  • Competed the past seven seasons in Europe, first with Fenerbache (Turkey) for two years, then spent four and a half seasons at UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) and transferred back to Fener for the second half of the 2012-13 EuroLeague season; helped Ekat advance to three EuroLeague Final Fours (2009-11).
  • Aided the Liberty to the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Averaged a WNBA second-best 21.2 ppg. in 2008, trailing only Diana Taurasi’s 24.1 ppg.
  • In the 2007 playoffs averaged 23.8 ppg. and 5.8 apg. en route to the 2007 WNBA title and Finals MVP honors.
  • Finished runner-up to Seimone Augustus in the 2006 Rookie of the Year voting.

Collegiate Notes:

  • During her four years (2003-06) at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights posted a 97-22 (.815) record, won the 2005 and 2006 Big East Conference championships, and competed in four NCAA Tournaments, including the 2005 Elite Eight.
  • NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player (2005).
  • National Player of the Year finalist (2005, 2006): Wade Trophy, Naismith Award, John R. Wooden Award and Nancy Lieberman Award.
  • Associated Press All-America first team (2006), third team (2005) and honorable mention (2003).
  • Big East Player of the Year (2006), four-time All-Big East first team, four-time Big East All-Tournament Team and Big East Rookie of the Year (2003).
  • Was able to practice with the 2001-02 Rutgers team but could not participate in games in accordance with NCAA initial-eligibility standards.

Personal Notes:

  • Born on January 7, 1983, in Oceanside, Calif., hails from Chicago, Illinois.
  • Daughter of Vanessa and Leo Pondexter, has one brother, Ronald Brown, and one sister, Latoya Pondexter.
  • Earned her degree in Africana studies at Rutgers.
  • Launched 4Season Style Management in Aug. 2010.
  • Attended John Marshall High School (Ill.), where she was named the 2001 National Player of the Year by the WBCA and Parade Magazine, and was elected as the 2001 Illinois Player of the Year by Gatorade and USA Today.
  • Became the first player in the state to twice be named Illinois Miss Basketball (2000, 2001).
  • During her four years, Marshall compiled a 116-8 record and earned three Chicago Public League titles, the 1998 Illinois state crown and a 1999 state runner-up finish.
USA Basketball Statistics:
TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
11 WNT
5/ 5
20- 49
.408
2- 10
.200
5- 6
.833
13/ 2.6
47/ 9.4
11
0
4
10 WNT
1/ 1
2- 4
.500
1- 3
.333
2- 2
1.000
3/ 3.0
7/ 7.0
6
1
0
08 OLY
8/ 0
22- 38
.579
4- 9
.444
3- 4
.750
7/ 0.9
51/ 6.4
17
0
5
08 DIAM
3/ 0
7- 14
.500
0- 0
.000
1- 1
1.000
4/ 1.3
15/ 5.0
2
0
1
08 WNT
2/ 2
8- 21
.381
2- 7
.286
0- 0
.---
3/ 1.5
18/ 9.0
6
0
1
07 FWLT
5/ 0
17- 39
.436
1- 5
.200
7- 7
1.000
10/ 2.0
42/ 8.4
13
0
4
07 WTOA
5/ 0
4- 15
.267
1- 4
.250
6- 7
.857
7/ 1.4
15/ 3.0
24
0
6
06 OWC
4/ 0
1- 6
.167
1- 1
1.000
4- 6
.667
3/ 0.8
7/ 1.8
3
0
1
05 WUG
7/ 4
26- 56
.464
0- 9
.000
10- 13
.769
22/ 3.1
62/ 8.9
23
1
10
03 YW
8/ 8
16- 46
.348
3- 11
.273
7- 10
.700
13/ 1.6
42/ 5.3
8
0
7
03 YWX
4/ 4
15- 28
.536
4- 8
.500
2- 4
.500
6/ 1.5
36/ 9.0
20
0
4
02 YWQ
4/ 4
14- 27
.519
5- 8
.625
2- 2
1.000
10/ 2.5
35/ 8.8
26
2
10
02 YWQX
2/ 2
5- 17
.294
1- 2
.500
0- 0
.---
9/ 4.5
11/ 5.5
8
0
2
01 JWC
7/ 0
27- 53
.509
4- 7
.571
19- 30
.633
18/ 2.6
77/ 11.0
13
0
11
01 JWCX
4/ 1
12- 26
.462
0- 2
.000
8- 9
.889
10/ 2.5
32/ 8.0
7
0
7
00 JWCQ
5/ 0
8- 22
.364
1- 3
.333
16- 19
.842
5/ 1.0
33/ 6.6
13
1
8
Totals
75/31
204- 463
.441
30- 89
.337
94- 122
.770
146/ 1.9
532/ 7.1
201
5
82

WNBA Statistics
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013
30/ 30
171- 475
.360
38- 103
.369
127- 156
.814
135/ 4.5
507/ 16.9
119
4
31
2012
34/ 34
249- 573
.435
53- 162
.327
144- 166
.867
154/ 4.5
695/ 20.4
146
7
43
2011
34/ 34
212- 528
.402
58- 168
.345
109- 134
.813
139/ 4.1
591/ 17.4
160
10
43
2010
34/ 34
254- 526
.483
64- 149
.430
157- 176
.892
153/ 4.5
729/ 21.4
165
4
30
2009
34/ 34
236- 513
.460
43- 120
.358
133- 151
.881
144/ 4.2
648/ 19.1
171
12
31
2008
32/ 32
234- 567
.413
41- 131
.313
170- 201
.846
119/ 3.7
679/ 21.2
135
5
38
2007
31/ 31
193- 448
.431
36- 108
.333
110- 135
.815
112/ 3.6
532/ 17.2
123
8
29
2006
32/ 32
219- 495
.442
47- 126
.373
139- 163
.853
107/ 3.3
624/ 19.5
98
4
37
Totals
261/261
1768-4125
0.429
380-1067
.356
1089-1282
.849
1063/ 4.1
5005/ 19.2
1117
54
282

College Statistics
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2006
32/ 32
246- 509
.483
62- 127
.488
136- 168
.810
135/ 4.2
690/ 21.6
103
4
53
2005
27/ 9
148- 322
.460
33- 72
.458
68- 86
.791
94/ 3.5
397/ 14.7
84
9
49
2004
33/ 33
216- 518
.417
40- 105
.381
120- 156
.769
151/ 4.6
592/ 17.9
141
2
58
2003
29/ 29
200- 419
.477
29- 81
.358
103- 129
.798
147/ 5.1
532/ 18.3
142
7
53
2002
DNP Sat out due to NCAA initial-eligibility rules
Totals
121/103
810-1768
.458
164- 385
.426
427- 539
.792
527/ 4.4
2211/ 18.3
470
22
213