Tangela Smith

Tangela Smith
Personal information
Born (1977-04-01) April 1, 1977
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 158 lb (72 kg)
Career information
High school George Washington
(Chicago, Illinois)
College Iowa (1994–1998)
WNBA draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Monarchs
Playing career 1998–2012
Position Forward / Center
Career history
1998–2004 Sacramento Monarchs
2005–2006 Charlotte Sting
2007–2010 Phoenix Mercury
2011 Indiana Fever
2012 San Antonio Stars
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Tangela Nicole Smith (born April 1, 1977) is an American basketball player in the WNBA formerly playing for the San Antonio Stars.

High school

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Smith attended George Washington High School, where she was named a 1994 Kodak High School All-American. Smith was named a High School All-American by the WBCA.[1] She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game in 1994, scoring three points.[2]


Smith graduated from the University Of Iowa in 1998. She won the 1998 Big Ten Player of the Year award. She was also a 1998 Kodak/WBCA All-America honorable mention and earned 1996 and 1998 All-Big Ten first team and 1997 All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades.

USA Basketball

Smith competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 1997 Jones Cup Team that won the silver medal in Taipei. Several of the games were close, with the USA team winning four games by six points or fewer, including an overtime game in the semifinal match against Japan. The gold medal game against South Korea was also close, but the USA fell 76–71 to claim the silver medal for the event. Smith averaged 8.0 points per game.[3]

WNBA career

Smith was selected 12th overall in the 1998 WNBA Draft by the Sacramento Monarchs. She played 6 seasons for the Monarchs, helping them reach the playoffs five times. In 2005 she was traded to the Sting in exchange for Nicole Powell. Charlotte folded following the 2006 season and Smith's rights were acquired by the Minnesota Lynx in the dispersal draft.

On Draft Day in April 2007, she was dealt to the Phoenix Mercury for No. 1 overall pick Lindsey Harding.

On Friday, 13 August 2010 she overtook Vickie Johnson and became the WNBA's all-time leader in games played with 411 in 13 seasons. During her time in the league she missed 15 games.

International career

In the WNBA offseason in 1998-99, Smith was a professional basketball player in Italy, Israel, South Korea and Turkey. In 2001 she helped the Botasspor squad win the Turkish league crown. In 2002 she helped the Shinsegae Coolcats win the Korean league championship. Now she plays in the Hungarian Championship since February 2013, for the 2012 Champion Team, HAT-AGRO UNI Győr.


  1. "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014.
  2. "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014.
  3. "1997 Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
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