One Of The Nation’s Top Post Players Nancy Mulkey Transfers To UW
SEATTLE – The Washington women's basketball program added the nation's most sought-after transfer of 2021 as 6-foot-9 center Nancy Mulkey announced she will join her former coach Tina Langley on Montlake for the 2021-22 season.
"Nancy Mulkey is an elite basketball player and person," Langley said. "Not only is she one of the best post players in the country, she has the character and discipline to be a leader in all walks of life and will make an immediate impact on our program. She has an incredibly bright future and we are so excited to welcome Nancy and her wonderful family to Montlake."
Mulkey, who will be the tallest player in Washington women's basketball history, most recently helped lead Rice to the 2021 WNIT Championship where she was named the tournament's MVP. It was one of many honors she was bestowed in 2020-21, a list which includes: Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year (also 2020 & 2019), Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Semifinalist, Lisa Leslie Award Semifinalist, Senior CLASS Award Second Team, Becky Hammon Award Watch List, C-USA First Team All-Conference (also 2020 & 2019), C-USA All-Tournament Team, C-USA All-Defensive Team and C-USA Co-Preseason Player of the Year.
She is also outstanding in the classroom and has been named to the C-USA Academic Honor Roll three times and was named to the 2020-21 C-USA All-Academic Team.
On the court, Mulkey played and started in all 27 games for the Owls in 2020-21. She averaged 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and ranked third in the NCAA in total blocked shots (95), was fourth in blocked shots per game (3.5) and 14th in the NCAA in field goal percentage (57.0). In five post-season games, she averaged 15.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.4 blocks to lead Rice to its first-ever WNIT title.
She leaves Rice as the school's all-time leader in field goal percentage (.551) and block shots per game (3.5). Her 266 total blocks rank second in school history and her 76.8 percent from the free throw line is 10th all-time.
Mulkey was also a key component of a Rice program that became the first school in C-USA history to win the regular-season title in three-consecutive seasons. The Owls were 72-16 in Mulkey's three years, including 44-4 in Conference action.
Mulkey tied a C-USA record by being named Defensive Player of the Year three times and is the third Owl player to be a three-time First Team All-Conference selection.
As a junior, she led C-USA and was fifth in the nation with 3.21 blocks per game. In her first year at Rice after transferring from Oklahoma, Mulkey led the nation with 3.92 blocks per contest.
Mulkey also has experience representing her country on the basketball court. She was invited to the 2019 U.S. Pan American Game trials and won two gold medals with USA Basketball, helping Team USA to first-place finishes at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships and the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships.
Mulkey attended Cypress Woods High School in Cypress, Texas and was ranked the No. 1 post player and No. 12 overall in the class of 2016 by ESPNHoopGurlz. She was invited to both the McDonalds All-American and Jordan Brands Classic games.