Cappie Marie Pondexter, professionally known as Cappie Pondexter is an American former professional basketball player. She played as a point guard as an active professional basketball player. The Phoenix Mercury drafted her 2nd overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft. Pondexter went on to win two WNBA championships with the Mercury in 2007 and 2009. She was named WNBA Finals MVP in 2007. She is a seven-time WNBA All-Star and three-time All-WNBA First Team.
Alongside her WNBA career, she also played for several clubs in Europe. Most notably, she won several Turkish championships with Fenerbahce Istanbul and Russian championships with UMMC Ekaterinburg.
On the international level, she represented the team USA at various age levels. She was part of the USA U18 team that won the gold medal at the FIA Americas Championship in 2000. She was also part of the US team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She retired from professional basketball in April 2019 earning numerous clubs and individual honors.
What is Cappie Pondexter Famous For?
- Won two WNBA Championships with Phoenix Mercury in 2007 and 2009.
- Seven-time WNBA All-Star.
Where is Cappie Pondexter From?
Cappie Pondexter was born on 7 January 1983. Her birth name is Cappie Marie Pondexter. Her birth place is in Oceanside, California in the United States. She holds an American nationality. She was born to a father, Leo Pondexter, and a mother, Vanessa Pondexter. She has a brother named, Ronald Brown. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. She belongs to African-American ethnicity.
Regarding her educational background, she attended John Marshall Metropolitan High Schooll, where she played high school basketball. There, she was named a WBCA All-American. She scored 16 points and earned MVP honors at the 2001 WBCA High School All-America Game.
Following high school, she committed to play college basketball at Rutgers University. She led the Scarlet Knights to back-to-back Big East Championships in 2005 and 2006. During her college years, she scored over 2,000 points and earned several awards and honors including the 2006 Women’s Basketball News Service National Player of the year.
Cappie Pondexter Career
- She entered the 2006 WNBA Draft.
- The Phoenix Mercury selected her 2nd overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft.
- She was also named to the western conference WNBA all-star team as a rookie.
- Pondexter won two WNBA championships with the Mercury in 2007 and 2009.
- She was named the 2007 WNBA Finals MVP.
- During the 2009 WNBA season, Pondexter became the first player in WNBA history to win 3 consecutive Western Conference Player of the week awards.
- The Phoenix Mercury traded Pondexter to the New York Liberty as part of a three-team, multiplayer deal in March 2010.
- The Liberty traded Pondexter to the Chicago Sky in February 2015.
- She was named in the WNBA Top [email protected] in 2016. It is a list of the top 20 players of all-time in the WNBA in celebration of the league’s twentieth anniversary.
- The Los Angeles Sparks signed Pondexter in 2018. She was released by the team in June 2018.
- She then signed a free-agent contract with the Indiana Fever in July 2018.
- Along with her WNBA career, she also played for several clubs in Europe.
- She was a key player of Fenerbahce Istanbul that won the Turkish Championships in 2007 and 2008, the Turkish Cup in 2007, and Turkish Presidents Cups in 2007 and 2008.
- She played for the Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg between 2008 and 2012.
- She helped her team to win Russian Championships in 2009 and 2010 as well as Russian Cups in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
- She returned to Fenerbahce Istanbul for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 season.
- She again led the team to the Turkish Championships and Turkish Presidents Cup in 2012 and 2013.
- She played for Besiktas JK for the 2015-16 European season and Girne Universitesi for the 2016-17 European season.
- She announced her retirement from the WNBA after 13 seasons in April 2019.
- In her 13 seasons at WNBA, she averaged 16.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.
Cappie Pondexter for Team USA
- Cappie Pondexter has represented the team USA at various age levels.
- She was part of USA women’s U18 team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina in 2000. She averaged 6.6 points per game in the tournament.
- She was part of USA Women’s U19 team that won the bronze medal at the 2001 U19 World’s Championship. She averaged 11.0 points per game.
- She won the gold medal with the USA at the 2000 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament, 2002 World Championship for Young Women Qualifying Tournament, 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women, and 2005 World University Games.
- She also won a gold medal with the USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Career highlights and awards
- 2× WNBA champion (2007, 2009)
- WNBA Finals MVP (2007)
- 7× WNBA All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013–2015)
- 3× All-WNBA First Team (2009, 2010, 2012)
- All-WNBA Second Team (2011)
- WNBA All-Defensive First Team (2010)
- WNBA All-Rookie Team (2006)
- WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time (2011)
- WNBA Top [email protected] (2016)
- 4× Turkish National League champion (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013)
- Turkish Cup winner (2007)
- 4× Turkish President Cup winner (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013)
- 2× Russian National League champion (2009, 2010)
- 3× Russian Cup winner (2009–2011)
- Big East Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year (2006)
- Big East Rookie of the Year (2003)
Cappie Pondexter Husband
Cappie Pondexter has maintained a private life regarding her personal life. Her relationship status is unknown. There is no information about whether she is married or not. Any news discovered regarding her personal life will be updated soon.
She drew excessive criticism in March 2011 for her tweets about the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. She had tweeted, “What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there [sic] own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes.” In another tweet, she wrote, “u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can’t expect anything less.”
Following the critcism for her tweets, she later apologized, “I wanna apologize to anyone I may hurt [sic] or offended during this tragic time. I didnt [sic] realize that my words could be interpreted in the manner which they were people that knw [sic] me would tell u 1st hand im [sic] a very spiritual person and believe that everything, even disasters happen 4 a reason and that god [sic] will shouldnt be questioned. But this is a very sensistive [sic] subject at a very tragic time and I shouldnt [sic] even have given a reason for the choice of words I used. If youve [sic] lost respect for me thats [sic] totally fine but please dont [sic] let me or my words lose the respect of u the WNBA and what it stands for.”
She was reported missing in October 2020. Turned out, she was arrested and placed in custody on suspicion of battery. She was previously arrested for public drunkenness in Beverly Hills in 2019.
Cappie Pondexter Height
Cappie Pondexter stands at a height of 1.75 m i.e. 5 feet and 9 inches tall. She has a body weight of 160 lbs i.e. 73 kg. She has an athletic body build. Her sexual orientation is straight. Her eye color is dark brown and her hair color is black. She usually highlights her hair brown.
Cappie Pondexter Net Worth
Cappie Pondexter is one of the popular retired professional basketball players. She played 13 seasons in WNBA. She won two WNBA Championships for Phoenix Mercury who had drafted her second overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft. Alongside her WNBA career, she also found success in European basketball, most notably in Turkey and Russia. She made her fortune out of her professional basketball career. She was paid a handsome salary during her active professional career. Her net worth is estimated at $3 million at present.