A 2011 graduate of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communications studies, Powell was a four-year member of the of the women’s basketball team. She appeared in 123 career games with the Spiders and compiled 695 points, 307 assists and 294 rebounds.
Powell returns to Richmond after spending last season on the bench with Holy Cross. Prior to Holy Cross she was at William & Mary, where she was the director of basketball operations from 2013-15. While with the Tribe, Powell was in charge of team travel, and assisted with opponent film exchange and breakdown, and recruiting.
Prior to William & Mary, Powell was the assistant women’s basketball coach at Sacred Heart for the 2012-2013 season. She also worked with the New York Knicks as a basketball operations intern in the summer of 2010.
* UPDATED STATS Kara Powell Photo Gallery AS A REDSHIRT SENIOR IN 2010-11
: Appeared in 29 games, earning 27 starts...scored a season-best 14 points against Appalachian State...pulled down season-high six rebounds against No. 6 Xavier...made five goals against Hampton...made two three-pointers four times this season...dished season-high six assists against Duquesne...had four steals against VCU...played season-high 32 minutes against No. 12 Georgetown...scored in double-figures twice this season...10th all-time in assists (307)...ended career with 695 points...ended with 115 career-three pointers...third on the team with 20 made three-pointers...averaged 3.8 points per game...averaged 23.5 minutes per game. AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2009-10
: Started all 33 games...tied a career-high with 15 points against William & Mary (12/3)...went a career-best 6-for-16 from the field at W&M...went a season-best 3-for-7 from long range against Chattanooga (12/29)...dished a season-high seven assists vs. GW (1/19)...grabbed a season-high four steals vs. Western Carolina (11/13)...scored in double-figures nine times...second on the team with 73 assists...only 30 assists shy of cracking Richmond's top 10 career list...second on the team with 36 three-pointers...dished three or more assists 14 times this season...second on the team with 37% accuracy from long range...second on the team with 78% accuracy from the charity stripe...averaged 6.2 points per game...averaged 2.6 rebounds per game. AS A JUNIOR IN 2008-09
: Sat out season due to knee injury. AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2007-08
: Earned starts in all 31 games...recorded a season-high 11 points at UNLV (11/23)...tallied a total of 27 steals and 76 rebounds...averaged 30 minutes per game...shot perfect from the free throw line on nine occasions...led the Spiders going 26 for 33 (.788) from the free throw line...recorded a career-high nine assists vs. Montana (11/24) and at Massachusetts (1/20)...recorded 22 three-point shots.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006-07: Started all but one game, leading the team in assists in 15 games and on the scoreboard in five games ... led the team in assists (four) and steals (three) in first college game at Fairfield (11/11) ... put in first double-digit performance of collegiate career vs. William & Mary (11/16) with 11 points ... recorded 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, all then career-highs, at Wake Forest (12/30) ... hit a career-high four treys (4-6 effort) vs. Virginia ... recorded career-high 5 steals at No. 12 GW (1/9) ... hit 10-of-12 free throws, including six-straight in second overtime at Saint Joseph's (1/14) to secure the victory ... led team with career-high eight boards in win over Dayton (2/25) ... has hit a 3-pointer in all but six games, sinking multiple 3-pointers in nine games ... shot perfect from the free throw line in seven contests and from behind the arch in five contests ... dished out five-plus assists in six games ...11 double-figure games, including three of the final five ... ranks 3rd in the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.416), 10th for assists (3.20 apg) and 5th for assist/turnover ratio (1.50).
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four varsity letters ... averaged 18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 7.0 apg her senior year ... named Player of the Year by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association ... two-time Street and Smith Pre-Season All-American ... three-time first team choice to The Republican's All Scholastic Team ... recipient of the Vi Goodnow Award ... rated Top 100 prospect nationally by Blue Star index ... rated the 54th best point guard prospect by the All Star Girls Report ... rated the 13th best point guard regionally in the East by the Roundball Journal ... also played two years of varsity soccer.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Jim and Barbara Powell ... has a sister, Lauren ... father played basketball at the University of South Carolina ... sister performed Gymnastics at Arizona State ... born September 24, 1987.