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Nikki McCray

Marvelous With The Washington Mystics

On January 27, 1998, McCray signed on with the WNBA and was the first player selected for the floundering Washington Mystics. The phenomenal forward and guard helped to turn the team around. In her first year, she led in scoring, 3-point percentage, and assists, and ranked second in 3-pointers made, and was third in steals. The Mystics soon led the league in game attendance with an average of 16,000 fans per game and two sell-out crowds of 20,000, the largest number ever to watch US professional women's basketball.

McCray finished the 1999 WNBA season ranked fourth in the league for scoring, was named a starter for the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game, and was leading vote getter among all guards in the Eastern Conference.

In 2001, McCray was traded in the WNBA draft to Indiana Fever for the Fever's first round and third round picks. Her performance with the Mystics ranked her first with 13 consecutive games with a 3-point field goal, second in scoring average, and first in 3-point field goals attempted. In a game against Indiana in July 2001, she scored a season-high 25 points and hit 10 field goals. She has become the sixth leading scorer in WNBA history with 1,921 points and an average 15.8 points per game.


1971 Born December 17 in Collierville, Tennessee
1991 Attends University of Tennessee, joined Lady Volunteers
1993 Plays on USA Women's World Championship Qualifying Tournament Team
1996 Joins ABL Columbus Quest
1996 Signs three-year contract with WNBA
1997 Helps lead Columbus to ABL Championship
1997 Tours with WNBA All-Star European tour team
1997 Signs three-year contract with WNBA
1998 Transfers to WNBA Washington Mystics
1999 Delivers Women's History Month keynote address at the Library of Congress
1999-2001 Named starter to WNBA All-Star team for three consecutive years
2001 Is traded to WNBA Indiana Fever

Awards and Accomplishments

1992 Earned ACC Player of the Year
1992-95 Named Best Defensive Player for Tennessee for four years
1993 Named Lady Vols Scholar-Athlete
1994 Named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year
1994 Named collegiate All-American
1994 Runner up for the Naismith Player of the Year
1994 Nominated for Honda-Broderick Award
1994 Received Coach's Award
1995 Named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year
1995 Named collegiate All-American
1995 Runner up for the Naismith Player of the Year
1995 Named MVP of the NCAA Mideast Regionals
1995 Received Coach's Award
1995 Member of USA Basketball Women's National team named USA Basketball Team of the Year
1996 Voted to ABL All-Star team
1996 Named ABL Most Valuable Player
1996 Member of US Olympic team that won gold medal in Atlanta
1997 One of three finalists for the Women's Pro Basketball ESPY awards
1997 Named Columbus Quest season MVP
1998 On gold medal-winning US National Team at FIBA Women's World Championship in Germany
1999 Voted a starter for the WNBA East All-Star team
2000 Member of US Olympic team that won gold medal in Sydney
2000 Voted a starter for the WNBA East All-Star team
2000 Named to President's Council on Fitness
2001 Named Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Female Professional Athlete of the Year

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