High School: Del Campo
College: University of Texas
* WNBA & International Professional Career: 10 years (Sacramento Monarchs,
Israel, Italy & Turkey
* 2-Time All Big 12 Conference
* University of Texas Career 3-Point Record Holder
* 8th all time leading scorer in Texas history (1,658 points) 15.8 avg. ppg
* University of Texas single game record (48 points)
Danielle is one of the greatest basketball players from Sacramento. She is a fiery competitor and a legendary scorer; the likes that our area has not seen since she laced them up back in the 1980’s. She was a player very unique in her approach, skill and determination. She is well known for her incredible high school career at Del Campo where she was a two-time state player of the year. She holds 10 California state scoring records and 5 national high school marks. Among her accomplishments were her 3,089 points in only three years of varsity play. She averaged 35 points per game with a career high of 60. She broke Cheryl Miller’s record of 1,300 points in one season and had a total 379 3-point field goals made during her high school days.
She received over 100 college letters, the first coming in the 8th grade. Danielle signed with the University of Texas after several campus visits to other schools. “Everything’s bigger in Texas!” She went on to have a prolific college career at the University of Texas where she was the Conference Freshman of the Year and a 2-time All Big 12 Conference selection. She is the Texas career record holder for most 3 pointers made, and is the 8th all time leading scorer in program history. Her 48 point game and 11 3-pointers made against Houston are still Longhorn records.
After graduation she had the rare opportunity to play professionally for her hometown team. She was part of the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs during their first season. She went on to have an outstanding 10 year pro career playing internationally in Israel, Turkey and Italy.
Growing up, she played sports will all the boys and didn’t participate on an all-girls team until the 6th grade. She loved all sports: hockey, flag football, Little League baseball, basketball, volleyball and track. If it was a competition; Danielle loved it. At 8 years old her parents entered her in a Pass, Shoot and Dribble skills competition, and even though she had never played organized basketball, she won. When she was 11, she decided she wanted to run a full marathon. Her parents let her do a half marathon, and she finished in 1 hour 24 minutes. Danielle went to the Pepsi Hot Shot National Championship finals at 12 years old. Throughout her life, Danielle has credited everything to her strong family support and faith.
Today, Danielle shares her talents with the youth in our area as she is a terrific mentor and coach. She is co-owner of the Sacramento Skills Academy. She spends many hours in the gym teaching and guiding young players and has over 4,000 students consisting of both boys and girls. She lives by the motto, “Life is not about impressing people, it’s about impacting people.” Danielle will always be known as of the great scorers our area has ever seen but more importantly her core values and morals make her a woman that Sacramento is proud to call their own.
“I feel honored and blessed beyond measure to be inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.
I believe my life success is measured not by my accomplishments and records, but by the impact I hope I have had along the way. I am a part of the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame only because of the support of family, friends, coaches, teammates, and every person that helped me become who I am today."