A six-time WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), Swoopes played 12 WNBA seasons averaging 15 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. A five-time All-WNBA First Team selection (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005), she was also named Defensive Player of the Year three times (2000, 2002, 2003) and WNBA MVP three times (2000, 2002, 2005). As a member of the Houston Comets, Swoopes won four WNBA Championships (1997-2000). While setting an NCCA championship record for points scored with 47, the Brownfield, Texas native won an NCAA Championship with Texas Tech (1993). Swoopes is a three-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004) and a member of the WNBA All-Decade Team.
Nicknamed the female Michael Jordan, Sheryl Swoopes was the first female basketball player to sign an endorsment deal with Nike. She also won three Olympic gold medals, and is a three-time WNBA MVP. So, it comes as no surprise that Swoopes has been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame of 2016.
“I am so thrilled and honored to be here in Houston to be named a Hall of Famer. This is the city where I accomplished so much during my professional career with the Houston Comets,” said Swoopes, now the Loyola University women’s basketball coach.
The Brownfield, Texas native joins Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Tom Izzo, Yao Ming and Jerry Reinsdorf as a 2016 inductee. The Class of 2016 will be enshrined at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday, September 9.
— Women’s Sports & Ent (@WSENetwork) April 5, 2016
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