Jackie Stiles

Thursday, October 24
11 a.m.
Clara Thompson Hall

Jacqueline Marie Stiles was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 21,1978 to parents Pat and Pam Stiles and is the oldest of four children. Jackie grew up in Claflin, Kansas and attended Claflin High School.

Jackie’s athletic accomplishments are numerous and diverse but she is known best for her endeavors on the basketball court. As a junior in high school she scored 61 points in 17 minutes of the opening game of the season. By the end of her senior year she had scored the most points (boys and girls) in Kansas high school history.  Jackie is the state record holder with 71 points in one game. During her four years of high school she won a state record 14 gold medals in track, and was the first to win the 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 meters in one day. She placed in the top three in state cross-country all four years. This well-rounded athlete also played tennis for the Claflin Wildcats and placed 2nd in state all three seasons.

At Missouri State, she was known for her spinning jump shots, driving layups and three-pointers. She is the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division I basketball history with 3,393 points. She had a compelling competitive spirit and stop-on-a-dime quickness, and also brought to the court incredible jump shots and moves that defied defenses designed specifically to stop her. Her career at MSU culminated in the 2001 NCAA tournament where she led the Lady Bears to a final four appearance. In the sweet sixteen game she scored 41 points in an 81 - 71 shocker against top-ranked Duke. Jackie remains the only woman to score more than 1,000 points in a single season. In her college career she collected a number of outstanding awards including: three-time Missouri Valley Player of the Year, the Wade Trophy for best female basketball player in the nation, the Broderick cup for college women athlete of the year, Verizon Academic All American 1st team and the Kodak 1st team All American.

In the 2001 WNBA draft she was picked fourth by the Portland Fire. She captured the Rookie of the Year title that summer with a scoring average of 14.9 points. She was named to the 2001 WNBA All-Star team and was picked WNBA Player of the Week averaging 22 points on 54% shooting. In 2002 she scored a season high 18 points for the Los Angeles Sparks.

Jackie played briefly in the Australian league before retiring in 2006 due to injuries incurred from her legendary training regimen. Jackie’s career was one that every player dreams of and she has dedicated herself to helping young athletes around the country achieve their dreams.  After her playing career, Jackie started “J.Stiles Total Training,” which provides personal training, private basketball instruction, motivational speaking, and sports broadcasting.

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