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Chamique Holdsclaw

Career highlights and awards
6 WNBA All-Star ( 1999 - 2003 , 2005 ), 3 All-WNBA Second Team ( 1999 , 2001 , 2002 ), WNBA Rookie of the Year (1999), 2 WNBA rebounding champion (2002, 2003), WNBA scoring champion (2002), Sullivan Award (1998), 3 NCAA champion ( 1996 - 1998 ), 2 Naismith Award (1998, 1999), 2x AP Player of the Year (1998, 1999), 2x USBWA Player of the Year (1998, 1999), 2x Honda Sports Award (1998, 1999), 2x WBCA Player of the Year (1998, 1999)
Career history
2009Atlanta Dream
2010San Antonio Silver Stars
1999-2004Washington Mystics
2005-2007Los Angeles Sparks
Career information
CollegeTennessee (1995-1999)
High schoolChrist the King (Queens, New York)
Number1
Playing career1999-2010
PositionSmall forward
Selected by theWashington Mystics
WNBA draft1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
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Stats at WNBA.com
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Personal information
Born( 1977-08-09 ) August 9, 1977 (age 43) Queens , New York
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight172 lb (78 kg)
NationalityAmerican

C hamique Holdsclaw's story is one of courage. She struggled against imposing odds to escape the inner city of Queens, New York, becoming the Women's National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year in 1999. Setting milestones all along way, Holdsclaw set All-Time scoring and rebound records in High School and College. In 1999, when Sports illustrate listed fifty greatest sports figures from New York, newcomer Holdsclaw appeared at number forty-seven, cited for her four High School championships for Christ King High School, and for her four-Time run as an All-American. Her High School team's four-Year record of 106-4 was impressive. She was a member of championship teams for eight consecutive seasons, beginning with the junior National championship at junior High School, through four Class state championships at Christ King High School, and three successive National College Athletic Association titles for the Lady Vols of Tennessee. Born Chamique shaunta Holdsclaw on August 9 1977, in Flushing, Queens, she lived with her unmarried parents, Bonita Holdsclaw and Willie Johnson, until the age of eleven. Holdsclaw's mother, data entry clerk, and her father, auto mechanic, battle alcohol problems, leaving Holdsclaw and Davon, her younger brother, too frequently on their own. Children sometimes scrounge for meals, and were unsupervised overall, with Holdsclaw looking after her brother as best as a small girl might. Holdsclaw was eleven when she and her brother were place with their grandmother, June Holdsclaw, at Astoria House in Queens, housing project well-know for depravity and crime. June Holdsclaw provided a stable, structured home life for two children, and when Holdsclaw skipped school for first time, there were no second chances. She was enrol immediately at Queens Lutheran School where teachers were more demanding and students were better supervise. By junior High School Holdsclaw's innate effervescence overflow onto neighborhood basketball courts. Already, as a child, she had studied ballet and jazz and performed on stage at New York's Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. Now, living just minutes from Madison Square Gardens, she dreams of playing basketball there as an adult. She had learnt some game techniques from her Uncle Thurman and soon earned the nickname Flat-out for her Flat-out refusal to miss the chance to shoot hoops with her friends. At Astoria House after School program she dominated the All-male playground field. She had hops and she had game, giving a new definition to playing like a girl! As she readied for High School, Tyrone Green, her coach in the after school program, dropped word to Christ King High School coach Vincent Cannizzaro to come and take a look. Holdsclaw could toss the ball goal-to-goal, skill that duly impressed Cannizzaro, as did her ability to dominate the all-male court. Four straight championship seasons follow at Christ King, and as the dust clear, Holdsclaw graduates from High School, leaving behind two All-Time school records. She accumulated 2 118 points and 1 532 rebounds over four years.

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College years

Awards and Accomplishments

1995Olympic Festival; Naismith award as best female high school player, Atlanta 's Tip-Off Club; named to Street Smith All-American; three-time USA Today All-American; named Player of the Year by New York City, Rawlings/Women's Basketball Coaches Association, and Touchdown Club (Columbus, Ohio ); Southeastern Conference Player of the Week; won Kodak All-American Honors
1997World Qualifying Tournament; USA Basketball Player of the Year Award; Honda-Broderick Cup from the National College Athletic Association
1997-98Named most valuable player of the National College Athletic Association playoffs
1997-99Naismith finalist; won James E. Sullivan award (first female recipient); named AP Women's Basketball Player of the Year
1998Won Gold medal at the World Championships; honored as one of 12 female athletes selected as inspirational role models by Women's Sports and Fitness; Broderick Awards for Basketball Player of the Year and for Athlete of the Year
1998-99Named female college player of the year; ESPY award for Women's Basketball Player of the Year
1999Named Women's National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year ($5,000); Named to Kodak 25th Anniversary Team, Women's Basketball Journal, Sports Illustrated, and Sporting News; National Women's Player of the Year; ESPY award for Female Athlete of the Year; starter in the inaugural Women's National Basketball Association All-Star game
1999-2000Selected to the USA Basketball team
2000Selected as one of the Naismith College Basketball Players of the 20th Century on March 21; won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney; league All-Star game starter

In intimate ceremony surrounded by family, friends and plenty of familiar faces from the women's basketball community, peaceful hills of Tennessee rolling in the background and the sweet fragrance of Lady Vols greatness in the air, Chamique Holdsclaw wed Cara Wright. Holdsclaw and Wright would have to travel thousands of miles to meet for the first time crossing paths at a basketball camp in Africa. Wright says she was star struck by Holdsclaw immediately, but then found herself pleasantly surprised by conversations they share. At the end of camp, they vow to keep in touch as friends. The first date would not happen until April 2015, but the first date was the NCAA Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. While fans were cheering for their favorite teams, real-life love-and-Basketball situation was simmering in the stands. And Holdsclaw would later propose marriage at the very location where it all begin: Lucas Oil Stadium. I create video from all pictures and videos throughout our relationship and get down on one knee, say Holdsclaw, boasting that the proposal came as a total surprise to Wright. Chamique is not able to keep things from me so she was so out of character! Say Wright. I knew something was up but I definitely wasnt thinking it was going to be a proposal. As should be expected of a couple in love, each woman is not shy about doting on the other. Wright said she is most proud of Holdsclaw for sharing publicly about her struggles with mental illness. I am so proud of Chamique for sharing her story and being voice to voiceless, advocating to end the stigma of mental illness, say Wright. Her growth in sharing her story is amazing and her capacity to listen and start conversation about mental health awareness is incredible. Holdsclaw, meanwhile, touts Wrights ' caring nature as cause for admiration, referring to her as patient and nurturing. Her compassion for people is inspiring and she encourages me to be my true self, says Holdsclaw. Cara always makes time to make me feel heard and appreciate. And Wright expresses feelings profoundly seen by the woman she love. I love how Mique sees me, says Wright. She thinks I can do anything and I feel so positive, confident and supported with her in my corner. She motivates me to be my best self! And is good at making me be present and not dwell so much on the past or stressors of the day. Being truly see, and in a positive light, is what a love relationship should provide for anyone lucky enough to enter into such a union. But visibility has broader implications for people in relationships that historically have been shunned by society at-large. With homophobia still rampant in this society, visibility is important and visibility saves lives.


Chamique Holdsclaw 1977 -

National Championships: 1996, 1997, 1998 Awards: Four-Time All American, two-Time Most Outstanding Player at Final Four, Naismith Player of the Century, two-Time SEC Player of Year, and two-Time AP Player of Year. A 6-foot-2 force of nature from Queens, New York, Chamique Holdsclaw is one of the greatest to ever play college basketball. Like Catchings, she was Four-Time All-American, but she was also twice Most Outstanding Player at Final Four, twice SEC Player of Year, and twice named AP Player of Year. Holdsclaw led Tennessee to three straight National Championships and rewrote record books in Knoxville. She is the Lady Vols All-Time leader in scoring, rebounding, and is fourth All-Time in steals with 305 swipes. No Lady Vol has played in more games than her, either. She led Tennessee in scoring and rebounding in each of her four seasons in Knoxville while accumulating an overall 131-17 record. Holdsclaw was the fourth Lady Vol to have her jersey retire. In 2018, Holdsclaw was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. In the WNBA, she was a six-Time All-Star, twice League rebounding champion and led the League in scoring in 2002. She helped the US win the gold medal in 2000. SABRINA IONESCU TRACKER: Where did we leave off with Oregon's triple-double record-breaker

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Career Statistics

YrTeamGPFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGTOPF
1999WAS31.437.172.7737.902.41.19.873.482.20
2000WAS32.465.256.6807.502.51.47.562.912.30
2001WAS29.400.239.6828.802.31.52.483.241.70
2002WAS20.452.393.83011.602.31.00.302.252.50
TOTAL112.438.261.7378.702.41.32.583.042.10

Chronology

1977Born August 9 in Flushing, New York
1999Goes to Washington Mystics as a forward, number one draft pick in the inaugural WNBA draft, and only college player taken in the first round; achieves season average of 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game after starting 31 of 32 games; ranks sixth in scoring, third in rebounding; named as Special Sports Correspondent for Nickelodeon Games and Sports (GAS) cable network on May 11; graduates with a degree in political science
2000Ranks seventh in average scoring in WNBA at 17.5 and seventh in rebounds per game at 7.5 and third in minutes per game with 35.3
2001Publishes a book during the off-season, Chamique: On Family, Focus and Basketball ; releases her own shoe: BBMiqueShox
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USA Basketball

Awards and Accomplishments

1995Olympic Festival; Naismith award as best female high school player, Atlanta 's Tip-Off Club; named to Street Smith All-American; three-time USA Today All-American; named Player of the Year by New York City, Rawlings/Women's Basketball Coaches Association, and Touchdown Club (Columbus, Ohio ); Southeastern Conference Player of the Week; won Kodak All-American Honors
1997World Qualifying Tournament; USA Basketball Player of the Year Award; Honda-Broderick Cup from the National College Athletic Association
1997-98Named most valuable player of the National College Athletic Association playoffs
1997-99Naismith finalist; won James E. Sullivan award (first female recipient); named AP Women's Basketball Player of the Year
1998Won Gold medal at the World Championships; honored as one of 12 female athletes selected as inspirational role models by Women's Sports and Fitness; Broderick Awards for Basketball Player of the Year and for Athlete of the Year
1998-99Named female college player of the year; ESPY award for Women's Basketball Player of the Year
1999Named Women's National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year ($5,000); Named to Kodak 25th Anniversary Team, Women's Basketball Journal, Sports Illustrated, and Sporting News; National Women's Player of the Year; ESPY award for Female Athlete of the Year; starter in the inaugural Women's National Basketball Association All-Star game
1999-2000Selected to the USA Basketball team
2000Selected as one of the Naismith College Basketball Players of the 20th Century on March 21; won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney; league All-Star game starter

In the 1999 WNBA Draft, Holdsclaw was selected by Washington Mystics 1 overall. After this selection, Chamique gained the distinction of being the first, and only, female athlete to appear on the cover of SLAM Magazine. Furthermore, Chamique was pictured in a New York Knicks jersey, implying that perhaps she was good enough to be the first woman NBA player. In her first season, she was named Rookie of the Year and was starter in the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game. She averages 16. 9 points and 7. 9 rebounds per game in her first season. Next year, Holdsclaw was named to the Olympic team, helping to lead them to gold medal. During her subsequent seasons in WNBA, Holdsclaw continued to improve her numbers. In 2002, despite missing several games with an ankle injury, Holdsclaw averaged double-double per game with 19. 9 points and 11. 5 rebounds. By 2003, she was averaging 20. 5 points and 10. 9 rebounds per game. On July 24 2004, however, she failed to show up for the game against Charlotte, played one more game in reserve and then did not play the rest of the season, including the entire playoffs. At first, Holdsclaw refused to discuss the reason for her absence, other than to rule out cancer, pregnancy and drug addiction, but following season, she told the Washington Post that she was suffering from clinical depression and that she had been ashamed to discuss it in public. On March 21 2005, Holdsclaw was traded to Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for DeLisha Milton-Jones. In May 2006, Holdsclaw took a sudden two-week leave from playing for Sparks, but later clarified that this was due to serious illnesses of her father and stepfather. As of late June, she was averaging 14. 4 points per game and 7 rebounds per game. On June 11 2007, only a few weeks into the 2007 WNBA season, she surprisingly announced she was retiring and did not immediately provide any explanation as to her sudden departure. On December 17 2008, Atlanta Dream traded 13 picks in the 2009 WNBA Draft to Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for rights to Holdsclaw. Holdsclaw State she definitely consider returning to WNBA if healthy, and do. Holdsclaw found herself to be a constant part of the team's offense and starter that season, despite injury that kept her out of several games toward the end of the season. However, she returned just in time for one game in the playoffs. Dream lost to the Detroit Shock. On May 19 2010, she was released from Dream after requesting a trade and did not report to the team. Two days later, she signed with San Antonio Silver Stars.


Chamique Holdsclaw 1977 -

Holdsclaw had a sensational freshman year, averaging 18. 6 points game and becoming only woman ever named College Player of Week by ESPN cable-television sports network during one particularly torrid stretch. Summitt hones Holdsclaw's competitive instincts, taking Holdsclaw to task for her initial relaxed attitude in the face of occasional loss, but eventually becoming the kind of strong yet nurturing guiding force Holdsclaw need. At season's end, Holdsclaw was named to the Women's All-America squad sponsored by Kodak corporation, only freshman to be so honored. Injure in the finals of the Southeastern Conference tournament, she bounced back, and Tennessee romped to the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship. That year's worth of accomplishments by itself would have brought major prestige to any basketball player, but for Holdsclaw it was only the beginning. That NCAA championship would be the first of three that Tennessee would win during her college career. Tiger Woods of Women's Basketball is here, observe John Small-wood of Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service, and Holdsclaw may very well take the game to another level. Holdsclaw eventually became Tennessee's All-Time leading scorer and rebounder, and in her senior year won the Sullivan award as best Amateur athlete in the United States. Neither the biggest nor most physically powerful woman in the game, Holdsclaw had uncanny mental strength, consistently summoning incredible energy in clutch situations. Some people compete when it is convenient, Nancy Lieberman-Cline told Time magazine. Chamique steps up when the team needs her. The typical performance came in January of 1999, when Holdsclaw scored 25 points to lead the Lady Volunteers to an away-Game victory over arch-rival Connecticut, dealing that team its first loss at home in 54 games.

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Career Statistics

YrTeamGPFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGTOPF
1999WAS31.437.172.7737.902.41.19.873.482.20
2000WAS32.465.256.6807.502.51.47.562.912.30
2001WAS29.400.239.6828.802.31.52.483.241.70
2002WAS20.452.393.83011.602.31.00.302.252.50
TOTAL112.438.261.7378.702.41.32.583.042.10

Chronology

1977Born August 9 in Flushing, New York
1999Goes to Washington Mystics as a forward, number one draft pick in the inaugural WNBA draft, and only college player taken in the first round; achieves season average of 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game after starting 31 of 32 games; ranks sixth in scoring, third in rebounding; named as Special Sports Correspondent for Nickelodeon Games and Sports (GAS) cable network on May 11; graduates with a degree in political science
2000Ranks seventh in average scoring in WNBA at 17.5 and seventh in rebounds per game at 7.5 and third in minutes per game with 35.3
2001Publishes a book during the off-season, Chamique: On Family, Focus and Basketball ; releases her own shoe: BBMiqueShox
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International career

Holdsclaw went to the University of Tennessee in 1995, where she played under coach Pat Summitt and helped to lead the Lady Vols to the Women's NCAA's first ever three consecutive Women's Basketball Championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The 1998 championship was Tennessee's first ever undefeated season at 39-0 and also set an NCAA record for most wins ever in a season. She also helped lead Tennessee to 2 SEC regular season titles in 1998 and 1999 and to 3 SEC tournament Championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. At Tennessee, Holdsclaw was a 4 time Kodak All-America, one of only six Women's basketball players to earn the honor. Holdsclaw finished her career with 3 025 points and 1 295 rebounds, making her the All-time leading scoring and rebounder at Tennessee in men's or Women's history, All-time leading scorer and rebounder in SEC Women's history, and All-time leading scorer and rebounder in NCAA tournament Women's history with 470 points and 197 rebounds. She was also only the fifth Women's basketball player in NCAA history to have 3 000 points. She is also one of five Women's collegiate basketball players to ever accumulate over 2 000 points, 1 000 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals. In 1999, Holdsclaw received the James E. Sullivan Award as top amateur athlete in the United States. Holdsclaw also won the Naismith trophy for Player of year twice, in 1998 and 1999, and posted a 134-17 win / loss record during her remarkable career as Lady Vol. In 2000 she was named Naismith's Player of Century for the 1990s and was also part of the ESPY Award given to Lady Vols as Co-Team of Decade for the 1990s. In 2006, Holdsclaw was named to the Women's collegiate Basketball silver anniversary team for being picked as one of 25 greatest players of the past 25 years. She was also picked as one of 5 greatest players in SEC of past 25 years.


Chamique Holdsclaw 1977 -

C hamique Holdsclaw's story is one of courage. She struggled against imposing odds to escape the inner city of Queens, New York, becoming the Women's National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year in 1999. Setting milestones all along way, Holdsclaw set All-Time scoring and rebound records in High School and College. In 1999, when Sports illustrate listed fifty greatest sports figures from New York, newcomer Holdsclaw appeared at number forty-seven, cited for her Four High School championships for Christ King High School, and for her Four-Time run as an All-American. Her High School team's four-year record of 106-4 was impressive. She was a member of championship teams for eight consecutive seasons, beginning with the junior National championship at junior High School, through four Class state championships at Christ King High School, and three successive National College Athletic Association titles for the Lady Vols of Tennessee. Born Chamique shaunta Holdsclaw on August 9 1977, in Flushing, Queens, she lived with her unmarried parents, Bonita Holdsclaw and Willie Johnson, until the age of eleven. Holdsclaw's mother, data entry clerk, and her father, auto mechanic, battle alcohol problems, leaving Holdsclaw and Davon, her younger brother, too frequently on their own. Children sometimes scrounge for meals, and were unsupervised overall, with Holdsclaw looking after her brother as best as a small girl might. Holdsclaw was eleven when she and her brother were place with their grandmother, June Holdsclaw, at Astoria House in Queens, housing project well-know for depravity and crime. June Holdsclaw provided a stable, structured home life for two children, and when Holdsclaw skipped school for first time, there were no second chances. She was enrol immediately at Queens Lutheran School where teachers were more demanding and students were better supervise. By junior High School Holdsclaw's innate effervescence overflow onto neighborhood basketball courts. Already, as a child, she had studied ballet and jazz and performed on stage at New York's Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. Now, living just minutes from Madison Square Gardens, she dreams of playing basketball there as an adult. She had learnt some game techniques from her Uncle Thurman and soon earned the nickname Flat-Out for her Flat-Out refusals to Miss chance to shoot hoops with her friends. At Astoria House after School program she dominated the All-male playground field. She had hops and she had games, giving a new definition to playing like a girl! As she readied for High School, Tyrone Green, her coach in the after school program, dropped word to Christ King High School Coach Vincent Cannizzaro to come and take a look. Holdsclaw could toss the ball goal-to-goal, skill that duly impressed Cannizzaro, as did her ability to dominate the all-male court. Four straight championship seasons follow at Christ King, and as the dust clear, Holdsclaw graduates from High School, leaving behind two All-Time school records. She accumulated 2 118 points and 1 532 rebounds over four years.

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Personal life

Holdsclaw was born to parents: William and Benita, who were ill-prepare for their first parenthood. Young and immature, her parents argue frequently, and the dispute only worsened when her brother, Davon, was born a couple of years later. Her parents both battled alcoholism throughout her childhood, which invited police to break up their quarrels. For this reason, Holdsclaw had to grow up fast and take responsibility of household as normally as possible. At time, her escape was sportsbasketball. In 1988, Chamique and her brother were no longer safe living with their parents, so they moved in with their grandmother, June.

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