Tangela Smith

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Tangela Smith
Northwestern Wildcats
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueBig Ten Conference
Personal information
Born (1977-04-01) April 1, 1977 (age 42)
Chicago, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight158 lb (72 kg)
Career information
High schoolGeorge Washington
(Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeIowa (1994–1998)
WNBA draft1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Monarchs
Playing career1998–2012
PositionPower forward / Center
Number50, 5
Coaching career2014–present
Career history
As player:
1998–2004Sacramento Monarchs
2005–2006Charlotte Sting
2007–2010Phoenix Mercury
2011Indiana Fever
2012San Antonio Stars
As coach:
2014–2018Western Michigan (assistant)
2018–presentNorthwestern (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Tangela Nicole Smith (born April 1, 1977) is a retired American basketball player in the WNBA. Smith played the bulk of her career for the Sacramento Monarchs and the Phoenix Mercury where she won two WNBA Championships. She's currently an assistant coach at Northwestern University.

High school[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

Tangela Smith began her coaching career in 2014 at Western Michigan University on Shane Clipfell's staff; as an assistant coach, Smith helped WMU to a 74-56 record over four seasons.

On July 6, 2018, it was announced that Smith was hired as an assistant coach and would join Joe McKeown's staff at Northwestern University; this would mark a return to the Big 10 where she played collegiately.


  1. ^ "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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