A native of Cornelius, Andrea Stinson arguably is the most highly recruited high school player in North Carolina’s women’s basketball history. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association selected her as the state’s female Player of the Year in 1987 following her senior season at North Mecklenburg High School. While leading the Lady Vikings to a 26-0 record and the state 4-A title, she came to be known simply as “Miss Jordan” – an ode to her on-court dominance. Her impact as a prep phenom endures to this day as her No. 32 jersey was retired by North Mecklenburg.
Kay Yow won the recruiting battle for her services, and Stinson took off in her second year wearing the red and white of the Wolfpack Women. As a sophomore, junior and senior she was a unanimous first-team All-ACC selection, and she was named the conference’s Player of the Year as a junior in 1990. That year, she led N.C. State to the league’s regular-season title, and the following year she followed suit in leading the Wolfpack Women to the tournament title. Stinson finished her N.C. State career with 2,136 points scored, third most in school history.
An easy choice as a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary team, Stinson additionally was recognized as one of the conference’s top 50 ACC female athletes of all time. In 2014, she was deservingly inducted into the N.C. State Sports Hall of Fame.
Stinson is a veteran of 11 seasons of European professional basketball, where she played in countries such as Italy, France, Turkey, Russia, and Poland. She was honored three times as an Italian League all-star and on two occasions led her Turkish team to a league championship. She was chosen to play on the 1989 World Championship qualifying team, the 1990 and 1992 USA Select national teams, the 1991 bronze medal-winning Pan American Games team and the 1992 Olympic Trials team.
In 1997, Stinson returned to North Carolina to play for the WNBA’s expansion Charlotte Sting franchise. Over the next eight seasons she was the face of the franchise, delighting fans with her on-court skills and growing the sport with her off-court dedication to the community. She led the Sting in scoring for six consecutive seasons and started every game for eight years in a row. Her finest year as a member of the Sting was her first, when she averaged 18 points, six rebounds and nearly three assists per game.
That year, she finished runner-up in balloting for the league’s Most Valuable Player award. A three-time WNBA all-star, Stinson put a bow on her remarkable playing career as a member of the Detroit Shock, and she retired as the WNBA’s sixth all-time leading scorer.
For her efforts in the Charlotte community, Stinson received the WNBA’s Community Assist Award, the Bobby Phills Community Award, the Maya Angelou Leadership Award, and the United Negro College Fund Leadership Award.
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