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Jackie Marie Stiles (born December 21, 1978 in Kansas City, Kansas) is a retired basketball shooting guard who set scoring records in college, and then played briefly in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).


ProfessionalEdit

Her pro career started promisingly. In the 2001 WNBA Draft, she was selected fourth overall by the Portland Fire, and was later voted the Rookie of the Year on August 16, 2001. But since that high point, Stiles has suffered numerous injuries, including 13 surgeries, which has greatly hampered her WNBA career.

After the Fire folded in 2002, Stiles was selected 14th by the Los Angeles Sparks, but did not play that season, due to spending rehabilitation time for her injuries. She left the WNBA after that season, though her WNBA rights are still owned by the Sparks.

In 2004, Stiles signed with the Lubbock Hawks (in Lubbock, Texas) of the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL). This also proved unsuccessful, but Stiles has embraced a new sport in which she is apparently having more success: competitive cycling .

In 2006, Stiles played briefly for the Canberra Capitals in the Women's National Basketball League in Australia before retiring due to injury. 

Stiles' younger sister, Roxanne, led Claflin High School to back-to-back Class 1A state championships in Kansas in 2005 and 2006, has followed in her sister's footsteps by playing basketball at Missouri State.

Jackie was one of 11 honorees inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2007.

[edit]CoachingEdit

In August, 2012, she accepted a Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach position with Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. On April 18, 2013, it was announced that Ms. Stiles would be returning to her alma mater as Assistant Coach for the Lady Bears Woman's Basketball team.

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