Nicole Powell was all-Pac 10 for four years at Stanford, the league's player of the year twice, an All-American in 2004 and a WNBA first-round pick. GEORGE NIKITIN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 2003

In celebration of Arizona's centennial, the Star will feature our picks for the 100 best athletes, moments and teams.

Throughout the summer, we will showcase our list - with the first 90 in no particular order.

In August, Greg Hansen will choose his top 10, with a column on each.

Nicole Powell


One of the greatest high school girls basketball players in state history, Powell was a Parade magazine first-team All-American at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix. She was born in Sierra Vista.

Powell finished her prep career with 2,478 points and 1,760 rebounds. She excelled in numerous sports: She won three state badminton singles titles, captured the state discus title in 2000 and was an Arizona 5A doubles runner-up in tennis.

At Stanford, she scored 2,062 points, grabbed 1,143 rebounds and recorded six triple-doubles, the only women's basketball player in Pac-10 history to post more than one. She was an Associated Press first-team All-American in 2004, a second-team selection in 2002 and 2003, a four-time all-Pac-10 honoree and the league's player of the year twice.

The Charlotte Sting drafted her as the third overall pick in 2004. She averaged 4.3 points as a rookie. She was traded to Sacramento in 2005, and spent five seasons with the Monarchs. She averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game in 2009. In 2005, she helped the Monarchs win the championship. She made the 2009 Western Conference All-Star team. New York selected her in the dispersal draft in 2009, and she currently plays for the Liberty.

Hometown; Current age

Phoenix; 28

By the numbers

32: Career-high single-game points in the WNBA in 2009

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