Sheryl Swoopes, newest member of the Basketball Hall of Fame

Sheryl Swoopes, newest member of the Basketball Hall of Fame

Springfield, MA – Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2016

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Swoopes with the Hall-of-Fame smile. (Photo credit: DJ Saul/

WNBA legend and pioneer Sheryl Swoopes received her Hall of Fame jacket at the Basketball Hall of Fame press conference. Swoopes was one of four basketball players, and the only woman being enshrined in the Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Swoopes, along with Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming walked the red carpet on Thursday and will be enshrined on Friday.

As a member of the Comets, Swoopes won four WNBA Championships (1997-2000), she was a six-time WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), while playing 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).

While setting an NCAA 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.

Swoopes will be presented to the hall by former Comets head coach Van Chancellor and basketball hall of famer Nancy Lieberman.

“I want to start like everyone else up here by saying how excited, how special this is. How thankful, how grateful I am,” said Swoopes. She said, “Shaq did tell me not to cry tomorrow. I’m going to cry. I’ll tell you guys now. But thank you.”

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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