News Articles – 2002

Jackie Stiles trudges on

By Scott Puryear
Springfield News-Leader
December 29, 2002

Dozens of parents, many toting video cameras, line the viewing area above the Chesterfield Family Center basketball court as Jackie Stiles works her way through the throng of young girls participating in her Springfield basketball camp. “Nice job!’” Stiles tells a 7-year-old who uses the proper form on a layup. “That’s OK … you’ll get it next time!’”
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A season in the fire for Stiles

By Scott Puryear
August 27, 2002

For the first time in her life, Jackie Stiles is willing to accept that taking a lengthy break from basketball is a necessary evil. A miserable, injury-plagued sophomore season in the WNBA made the former Southwest Missouri State star finally realize she has no other choice. After having surgery in New York last week on her damaged right wrist, …
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Stiles gets right back on the bike

By Brian Meehan
The Oregonian
July 18, 2002

In the winter of her despair, Jackie Stiles imagined the person she would be without basketball. The image scared her. Stiles had devoted her life to the game and suddenly at age 23, she was facing medical retirement. Her right wrist, which underwent surgery Sept. 11, was not healing. When the ball left her hand, she had no idea where it was going.
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Chat with Jackie Stiles
April 08, 2002

Who better to talk draft day experience and give some insight into what Sue Bird, Stacey Dales-Schuman and the rest should expect in their first season than 2001 WNBA Rookie of the Year Jackie Stiles? Stiles will join as our cybercast hostess beginning at 11:15 a.m. ET on draft day, Friday, April 19, to answer your questions, to provide live insight on the draft, …
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House of Stiles

By Brent Zwerneman
San Antonio Express-News
March 27, 2002

Coach Van Chancellor smiled a bit when yelling the order to the five defenders during a recent practice of the USA women’s basketball team. “Pressure Jackie Stiles!” Chancellor said as the 5-foot-8 guard dribbled upcourt.
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Tournament time special for Stiles

Houston Chronicle
March 19, 2002

From this point forward, the NCAA Tournament will evoke pleasant memories for Jackie Stiles. Clad in glass sneakers a year ago, Stiles improbably led Southwest Missouri State to the Final Four, capturing headlines across the nation and hearts throughout Missouri. Stiles’ Bears lost in the semifinals to Purdue. But that didn’t diminish the golden memories or the accomplishments of Stiles, who finished her career as the all-time scoring leader in NCAA women’s basketball history…
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A perfect 10

By Eric Bailey
Springfield News-Leader
February 2, 2002

Take a glance at any girl’s youth basketball team in the Ozarks and you’ll find a player wearing the No. 10. Since Jackie Stiles brought her high-scoring game to Southwest Missouri State five years ago, little girls have been requesting the number of their hero. “Almost every little girls’ team had to have a No. 10,” said local sports apparel manufacturer T. J. Loudis.
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Rookie No More

By Helen Wheelock
Women’s Basketball Magazine
Jan./Feb. 2002

Jackie Stiles’ achievements for 2001 read like every player’s wish list: become the all-time women’s NCAA scoring leader, make a Final Four appearance, win the Wade Trophy, be a WNBA first-round draft pick, play in the WNBA All-Star game and earn Rookie of the Year honors.
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Stiles meets herself coming and going these days

By Scott Puryear
Springfield News-Leader
January 1, 2002

There are days when former Southwest Missouri State star Jackie Stiles really misses her life as a Lady Bear. In particular, those days when Stiles wakes up completely overwhelmed with this new, hectic pace that comes with being a global basketball icon. “Every day,” Stiles said with a grin. “I thought after I finished my career at SMS,…
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