Natasha Cloud

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Natasha Cloud
Cloud
Cloud in 2019
No. 9 – Washington Mystics
PositionGuard
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
Born (1992-02-22) February 22, 1992 (age 28)
Broomall, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High schoolCardinal O'Hara
(Springfield, Pennsylvania)
College
WNBA draft2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Washington Mystics
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–presentWashington Mystics
2015–2016Beşiktaş
2016–presentTownsville Fire
Career highlights and awards

Natasha Cloud (born February 22, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).[1]

High school[edit]

Natasha Cloud gained recognition while being named AAAA First Team All-State as a senior. During this season she averaged 12.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 4.0 steals per game.[2] She led Cardinal O'Hara to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AAAA state finals two years in a row, as a junior and then to the second round as a senior. Both her junior and senior year she earned First Team All-Delco honors. As a junior, earned a Pennsylvania AAAA Third Team All-State selection. Earned the Michael Menichini Award in 2009[3]

College[edit]

University of Maryland[edit]

2010–2011: Following a very successful high school career, Natasha Cloud, received a scholarship to play at the University of Maryland as a Terp. Cloud saw action in 31 of 32 games of her freshman year, and of those started games four through nine.[4]

Her freshman year she led the team in assists twice and in blocks three times while also being named a teams Scholar Athlete.[5]

Her coach, Brenda Frese, stated that:

Natasha is a very athletic and unselfish player who will do whatever her team needs to help us win. She's a strong defensive player, who can play either guard spot and is a terrific passer. Natasha has a ton of personality, is a good student and fits right in with our team.[6]

Saint Joseph's University[edit]

Cloud at Saint Joseph's

2011–2012: Due to NCAA transfer rules, Cloud sat out the 2011–2012 season, after transferring from Maryland. She was honored as member of the SJU Director's Honor Roll this season.[7]

2012–2013: Cloud earned Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, along with earning a spot on the A10 all defensive team.[8] In preseason, Cloud was named A10 Preseason All-Conference Second Team and Preseason All-Defensive Team. With an impressive All- Big 5 First Team, Cloud was also named Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team.[9] Earned SJU's Best Defensive Player Award and was twice named A10 Player of the Week and one time Big 5 Player of the week. Cloud was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List for the top point guard in the nation. Cloud was named Co-Captain to the team. Ranked second nationally in assists per game (7.6), also set the SJU single-season record for assists (243). Averaged 11.5 points and (team best) 6.6 rebounds per game.[10] Led the A10 in assists and assists to turnover ratio. Scored 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, two blocked shots and 2 steals in NCAA First Round win over Georgia. She had 6 assists and added 10 points, a blocked shot and a steal in NCAA Second Round game against Connecticut, who ended up winning the National Championship.[11]

2014–2015: Cloud averaged 12.9 points a game and led the Atlantic 10 in averaged minutes (37.6).[12] Cloud was named Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and All- Defensive Team selection. Cloud was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List and Naismith Trophy Watch List nominee. Named Big 5 Player of the Week three times.[13] Cloud was named Hawk Classic All-Tournament Team member and Seton Hall Thanksgiving Invitational All-Tournament team honoree. Cloud was also Preseason A10 All-Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team selection.[14] With an impressive 187 assists, Cloud led the A10 in assists in a single season and finished her career with 163 rebounds and 50 steals. Cloud also finished with 26 three-pointers, a career best. Scored career-high 29 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot at Liberty.[15]

Maryland and Saint Joseph's statistics[edit]

Source[16]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010-11 Maryland 31 76 37.9% 26.3% 69.2% 1.5 2.0 0.7 0.2 2.5
2011-12 Saint Joseph's redshirt
2012-13 Saint Joseph's 32 293 38.9% 14.8% 73.6% 4.6 4.4 1.8 0.5 9.2
2013-14 Saint Joseph's 32 368 39.2% 27.4% 71.7% 6.6 7.6 2.0 0.5 11.5
2014-15 Saint Joseph's 30 388 36.8% 35.1% 79.1% 5.9 6.6 1.8 0.4 12.9
Career 125 1125 38.2% 28.6% 74.4% 4.6 5.2 1.6 0.4 9.0

Professional Career[edit]

Cloud guarding Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx during game 2 of the 2017 WNBA semifinals

WNBA[edit]

Cloud in 2017

Cloud was drafted in the 2015 WNBA draft, second round, 15th overall.[17] Cloud was drafted to play for the Washington Mystics under Coach Mike Thibault. During Cloud's 2015 Rookie season, she averaged 3.6 points per game finishing the season with a total of 123.[18] Just as a rookie, Cloud started in a handful of their season games and played a total of 657 minutes, averaging 19.3 minutes per game.[19] Cloud averaged 2.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists per game.[20]

Cloud scored 11 points in an 84–67 win against San Antonio Stars on June 29, 2016. However, the Mystics have been inconsistent in the 2016 season.[21]

She suffered a left hip injury during practice at the Verizon Center.[22]

On October 10, 2019, Cloud won her first WNBA championship.

In June of 2020, Cloud announced that she would forgo the 2020 WNBA season due to concerns of racism and the coronavirus[23]She wanted to be on the front lines and focus on social reform.

Beskitas CT[edit]

Cloud played in Istanbul, Turkey for an organization called Besiktas CT Istanbul. Cloud was involved with the organization for a few months (participating in a handful of games) before getting hurt and returning to the United States to get healthy for the 2016 WNBA season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Natasha Cloud Makes Washington Mystics' Roster - Saint Joseph's University - Official Athletic Site
  2. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
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  7. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  8. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  9. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  10. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  11. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  12. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  13. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  14. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  15. ^ "Natasha Cloud Biography". sjuhawks.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  16. ^ "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  17. ^ "Natasha Cloud - WNBA". WNBA. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  18. ^ "Natasha Cloud - WNBA". WNBA. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  19. ^ "Natasha Cloud - WNBA". WNBA. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  20. ^ "Natasha Cloud - WNBA". WNBA. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  21. ^ "Cloud scores 11 points in a 84-67 win against San Antonio Stars". WNBA.com. June 29, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  22. ^ Lee, Albert. "Natasha Cloud injures knee". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  23. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/wnba/news/wnba-2020-season-jonquel-jones-renee-montgomery-natasha-cloud-among-players-sitting-out/

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