Nicole Powell Honored as WNBA's Most Improved Player

Sept. 7, 2005

Stanford graduate and Sacramento Monarch starting guard Nicole Powell was named the 2005 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year, receiving 20 of a possible 49 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, the WNBA announced last Friday.

Powell, the third pick in the 2004 WNBA draft, made the most of her off-season trade to Sacramento from Charlotte by posting career highs in points (10.7 ppg), rebounds (3.6 rpg), steals (1.15 spg), assists (1.8 apg), three-point field-goal percentage (.415), free-throw percentage (.806) and minutes played (29.1 mpg) this season.

Powell led the league in most three-pointers made (66), and ranked ninth in the league in three-point field goal percentage and 15th in free throw percentage. She finished the regular season as Sacramento's third leading scorer and fourth leading rebounder.

A three-time Kodak First-Team All-American and finalist for the James Naismith Player of the Year, Powell began her career with the Cardinal as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2000 and was named Conference Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004. Powell is Stanford's all-time leader in career rebounds (1,143) and third all-time leading scorer (2,062 points). She is the only player in Pac-10 history to have recorded more than one career triple-double, tallying six in her career. As a senior, Powell guided the Cardinal to an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Powell and the Monarchs will begin play against the Houston Comets in the West Regionals on Thursday.

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