WNBA Star, Finals MVP Cappie Pondexter Announces Retirement After 13 Seasons

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY - AUGUST 4: Cappie Pondexter #25 of the Indiana Fever handles the ball against the New York Liberty on August 4, 2018 at Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Catalina Fragoso/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Women's basketball legend Cappie Pondexter announced her retirement Tuesday on Instagram. 

"I didn't expect to go out this way but I know God has something bigger in store," she wrote. "The everyday signs says so. Thank you to any and everyone involved in my early professional basketball career. A very Sad day for me but I'm ok with the words RETIRED."

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Cappie Pondexter announces her retirement from the WNBA after 13 seasons - 2x WNBA champion - 2007 Finals MVP - 7x All-Star - Voted one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history in 2011 https://t.co/SaUGZlH67o

Pondexter was a seven-time All-Star and made the All-WNBA First Team on three occasions. When the WNBA celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, she was one of nine active stars included in the league's list of its 20 best players ever.

Between her scoring and playmaking ability, Pondexter is one of the most dynamic offensive players in WNBA history.

The 36-year-old retires having averaged 16.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists. She's fourth all time points (6,811), sixth in assists (1,578) and 17th in offensive win shares (31.29), according to Basketball Reference.

Pondexter enjoyed plenty of team success as well. She helped the Phoenix Mercury win WNBA titles in 2007 and 2009, winning Finals MVP in 2007. Her teams reached the playoffs in seven of her 13 seasons.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights retired her No. 25 jersey in December 2016, making her only the third player in program history to receive the honor. She played a starring role for Rutgers when it reached the Elite Eight in 2005 and Sweet 16 in 2006.

With Pondexter calling time on her professional career, the Hall of Fame will likely be her next stop.


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