2020 Player Review: Natalie Achonwa

Natalie Achonwa

Height: 6-3

Position: Forward

Age: 27

Years Pro: 6

College: Notre Dame

Drafted: By Indiana, first round, 2014 WNBA Draft (9th overall)

Overview: Natalie Achonwa started 11 of 18 games played for the Indiana Fever during the 2020 season. Achonwa’s impact on the court was matched as one of the league’s key voices off the court regarding social justice issues. Before beginning her sixth season with the Fever, Achonwa was awarded the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award. The award is given each year by the WNBA to a player who has demonstrated outstanding community and team leadership. After returning from a right hamstring injury suffered early in the season, Achonwa sustained a six-game stretch scoring at least 10 points. She averaged 6.5 rebounds per game in the six-game stretch, which began August 20 in a win against the Seattle Storm. She ended the season as the ninth leading scorer in franchise history, totaling 1,301 points in her six-year career with the Fever.

Notable Achievements/Performances:

July 24: Achonwa is recognized as the recipient of the 2020 Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award.

August 18: Achonwa tallied four blocks against the Connecticut Sun, which tied the most blocked shots in a game by a Fever player during the 2020 season.

August 22: Achonwa came off the bench against Chicago and tallied a season-high 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting and four rebounds. It was the sixth time in franchise history a player made at least six shots in a game without missing an attempt.

August 27: Achonwa and the WNBPA Executive Committee led a conversation with ESPN’s Holly Rowe to further explain the reasoning behind the postponement of WNBA games.

September 3: She recorded a season-high 10 rebounds against Phoenix.