Nicole Kristen Powell (born June 22, 1982 in Sierra Vista, Arizona) is a basketball player who was a standout at Stanford University and now plays for the Sacramento Monarchs in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
After graduating from Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona, Powell played the forward position for Stanford University women's NCAA basketball team. During her tenure there, she broke many school records (including the all time points and rebounds records), was named an All-American twice, and won numerous awards. She majored in urban studies.
She is the only female basketball player in Pac-10 history to have achieved multiple triple-double games (that is, 10 totals or more in three different statistical categories) during the same season.
On March 3, 2005, she was traded to the Sacramento Monarchs in a multi-player deal. The trade greatly aided the Monarchs in the 2005 season while Powell enjoyed a breakout year and eventually was named the recipient of that year's WNBA's Most Improved Player award. She played a pivotal role in the Monarchs' 2005 WNBA Finals victory over the Connecticut Sun.
In 2003, Powell helped the United States women's national basketball team win a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She also helped national teams win a bronze medal (in the Czech Republic) and a gold medal (in Argentina) at two other international tournaments
- In high school, was named a 2000 Parade Magazine First Team All-American in 2000 and the Arizona Player of the Century by the Arizona Republic.
- An all-region selection in both tennis and track, won the state badminton singles championships in 1997, 1999 and 2000, won the state discus title in 2000 and was an Arizona 5A doubles runner-up in tennis in 2000.