Women of Troy Continue to Shine In WNBA
Watch Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson in the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game on Monday, July 16. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m. EST.
Center, Los Angeles Sparks
Fifth Year in WNBA
- Ranks third in the WNBA in Points Per Game (19.3).
- Ranks third in the WNBA in Rebounds Per Game (9.8).
- Ranks 13th in the WNBA in Field-Goal Percentage (.480).
- Ranks 11th in the WNBA in Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (.433).
- Ranks sixth in the WNBA in Blocks Per Game (1.72).
- Ranks third in the WNBA in Double Doubles (9).
- Ranks 17th in the WNBA in Minutes Per Game (32.6).
- Has led the Sparks in rebounding in 13 games and 14 games in scoring.
- July 11: She had 15 points, eight rebounds and five of Los Angeles' WNBA-record 13 blocked shots as the Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-61.
- July 11: Was announced as one of 12 players selected by WNBA head coaches as reserves for the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game. This marks Leslie's third All-Star appearance. In 1999 she was named the inaugural All-Star game MVP.
- June 26: Added a season high 28 points in L.A. 98-89 win over Detroit.
- June 16: Obtained another double-double with a game-high 22 points and 11 boards against Seattle.
- June 9: Recorded a double-double with 17 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, as the Sparks notched another win against Minnesota.
- June 2: Finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and a game-high four steals in a win over Charlotte.
- June 1: Registered a double-double with ten points and 12 boards and blocked three shots in a win over Orlando
Forward, Houston Comets
Fifth Year in WNBA
- Ranks second in the WNBA in Points Per Game (22.7).
- Ranks seventh in the WNBA in Rebounds Per Game (7.8).
- Ranks third in the WNBA in Minutes Per Game (37.1).
- Ranks fifth in the WNBA in Double Doubles (7).
- Ranks eighth in the WNBA in Three point Field Goals Made (27).
- Ranks 13th in the WNBA in Free-Throw Percentage (.863).
- July 8: From the Western Conference, Thompson earned her third All-Star team selection with 93,901 votes. Thompson was honored as the 2000 All-Star game MVP.
- June 24: Thompson named WNBA Player of the Week for June 18-24 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in three victories over four days for the Comets.
- June 10: Recorded a double-double with 22 points and ten rebounds in a win over Phoenix.
- June 7: Finished with a double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds in a win over Detroit.
- June 6: Obtained a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Utah.
- June 2: Recorded a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Detroit.
Forward, Phoenix Mercury
Second Year in WNBA
- An important reserve for the Mercury, Williams has played in 12 games and made one start.
- She has twice led the team in rebounding and once in scoring this season.
- July 7: Added seven rebounds versus Washington.
- July 5: Williams led Phoenix with 12 points in a 73-50 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center.
- June 22: Contributed three steals in 58-55 loss to Seattle.
- June 21: Played 27 minutes against the New York Liberty, finishing with a team-high 12 points, seven rebounds and an 8-of-8 performance at the line.
Guard, Los Angeles Sparks
Second Year in WNBA
- Has seen action is 16 games this season at point guard for the Sparks. Averages 10.9 minutes per game off the bench.
- July 3: Contributed three assists in Los Angeles win over Utah.
- July 1: Had four assists versus Miami as the Sparks beat the Sol 86-60.
- June 26: Made three steals against Detroit and Los Angeles escaped with a 98-89 overtime victory.
- June 16: Grabbed a season-high eight boards against Seattle.
- June 14: Had her best game of the year going 4-of-4 from the field (8 pts.) and adding four assists against Orlando.
Head Coach, Phoenix Mercury
First Year as WNBA Head Coach
Played Four Years for Houston Comets
Two-time WNBA MVP Cynthia Cooper made her coaching debut this season. She was named the second-ever Phoenix Mercury head coach on Jan.8, replacing head coach Cheryl Miller who announced her retirement at the end of the 2000 season. After leading the Houston Comets to all four Championships in WNBA history and being named MVP of the championship series all four years, Cooper joined the Mercury after announcing her retirement from playing. The Mercury are 6-11 this season.
Cooper, a former guard, earned All-WNBA First Team honors in each of her four seasons in the WNBA, and she was selected to the WNBA All-Star Team each year the game was played. Cooper is the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, and the Comet's all-time leader in points scored, scoring average, free throw percentage, assists and minutes played. She was named the WNBA Player of the Week six times in four seasons, and she was the first player to earn the award for two consecutive weeks.
Cooper led the WNBA in scoring from 1997-99, and she was the first player in WNBA history to reach the 300, 400, 500, 1000, 2000 and 2500-point plateaus. Cooper started every game she played and missed only two games in her WNBA career. She was originally signed by the WNBA and assigned to Houston on Jan. 22, 1997.