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Swoopes named on of WNBA's Top 20 Players

Former Lady Raider Sheryl Swoopes (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Former Lady Raider Sheryl Swoopes (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

In celebration of its landmark 20th season, the WNBA honored the 20 greatest and most influential players in its history today with the 'WNBA Top 20@20', and Lady Raider great Sheryl Swoopes was one of the 20 honored. 

According to Texas Tech Athletics, Swoopes was the consensus national player of the year in 1993, the Lady Raiders’ national championship season. She averaged 28.1 points per game that year, which ranked second nationally. As a Lady Raider, Swoopes set 30 different women’s basketball records, including four Final Four records, three NCAA tournament records, four NCAA championship game records and eight Texas Tech school records, including the single-game school record for points (53), which still stands. Her No. 22 was retired on Feb. 19, 1994.

Swoopes went on to the WNBA, where she was a three-time WNBA MVP, two-time scoring champion, four-time WNBA champion, three-time defensive player of the year and six-time all-star. She also represented the United States numerous times, including the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

“I think you could argue Sheryl is the best women’s basketball player of her generation,” Former Lady Raider coach Marsha Sharp said. “Whatever it took to lift her team to a win, she was able to take her game to that level. That is obviously something you only see out of the very best athletes, and as a coach, you can’t give a higher compliment to a player.”

The 60 nominees were selected based on factors like on-court performance and ability, leadership and sportsmanship, as well as contributions to team success. 

In addition, all players must have been a member of a WNBA team for two seasons and met three of the following seven criteria: the winner of a major individual award; a selection to either the All-WNBA First Team or All-WNBA Second Team; a selection to either the WNBA All-Defensive First Team or WNBA All-Defensive Second Team; a selection to the WNBA All-Star Game; a member of a WNBA Championship team; a current ranking among the top 30 career leaders in at least one major statistical category; and a selection to either the WNBA’s All-Decade Team (voted on in 2006) or the WNBA’s Top 15 Players (voted on in 2011).  

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