As NCAA women's basketball teams go, the program at Louisiana Tech ranks right up there with the best of them. In the continuing series saluting members of the WAC, we pay tribute to the famous Lady Techsters.
Hogg was a 28-year old P.E. teacher when she was hired as Louisiana Tech's
first women's basketball coach.Little may she have known at the time, but Hogg was to pave the way for a legendary women's basketball program.In eleven seasons at the helm, Hogg guided Tech to a 307-55 (84.8%) record
and two national championships.Hogg
led Tech to a perfect 34-0 season and the National Championship in 1981 and
another title the following season with a 35-1 record.
1981, Tech blew away Jackson State 97-50, UCLA 87-54, USC 66-50 and Tennessee
79-59 to win the championship.They
scored 100 or more points 7 times in the season and won by 20 or more points 27
times!The following season, Tech
repeated with a 76-62 win over CheyneyState
in the NCAA Final.
Leon Barmore joined Hogg for her final three
seasons and then coached the Lady Techsters for 17 seasons on his own, producing a 576-87 (86.9%) record and a third national title.Barmore was National Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1996 and Conference
Coach of the Year in 1988,
1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999
Tech has won over 20 or more games in 33 of 36 seasons, with 30 or more
victories in 18 of those seasons and a 40-5 season in 1979-1980.The brilliant program from Ruston has won three national championships,
reached the NCAA Finals six times, appeared in 10 Final Fours and has reached 16
Elite Eights and 20 Sweet Sixteens.The
Lady Techsters have qualified for the NCAA National Tournament in 33 of those 36
their home games at Thomas Assembly Center (capacity 8,000) Louisiana Tech
has drawn 23 crowds over 7,000 and are a sizzling 390-39 at home (90.9%).That home record is third in the nation to Tennessee's 94.2% and Connecticut's 93.7%.Three players have been awarded the Wade Trophy, given annually to the
nation's top collegiate women's basketball player.Pam Kelly won the award in 1982, Janice Lawrence-Braxton was honored in
1984 and Teresa Weatherspoon (the current coach of Louisiana Tech) won the Wade
Trophy in 1988.Only UConn sports
more Wade Trophy winners.Kelly,
Lawrence-Braxton, Kim Mulkey and Weatherspoon are all in the Women's
Basketball Hall of Fame.
Techsters have been named to 17 All-America teams, led by Kelly, who was honored
in each of her last three seasons.Lawrence-Braxton
(1983-84), Weatherspoon (1987-88) and Vickie Johnson (1995-96) also were named
to multiple All-America teams.Other
Tech All-Americans include Angela Turner (1982), Pam Gant (1985), Nora Lewis
(1989), Venus Lacy (1990), Betty Lennox (2000), Debra Williams (1998), Amanda
Wilson (1999) and Tamicha Jackson (2000).Four
players went on to win Gold medals at the Olympic Games:Mulkey and Lawrence-Braxton in 1984, Lacy in 1996 and Weatherspoon in
1988.No less than 20 Tech stars
have gone on to play in the Women's National Basketball Association.
under Barmore went on to become head coaches—Gary Blair (Stephen F. Austin,
Arkansas and Texas A&M), Kurt Budke (Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma State),
Kristy Curry (Purdue and Texas Tech), Neil Fortner (Purdue, Team USA, Indiana
Fever, Auburn), Stacy Johnson-Klein (Fresno State), Chris Long (Louisiana Tech),
Kim Mulkey (Baylor) and Jennifer White (St. Edward's).Six former Tech players have become NCAA head coaches—Amy Brown
(Tennessee Tech), Mickie DeMoss (Florida and Kentucky), Angela Lawson (Incarnate Word),
Mulkey, Weatherspoon, and Jennifer White (St. Edward's).
Hogg and Barmore are now members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
rundown of some of Tech's great players over the years should give the reader
an idea of the tremendous talent that has come to Ruston.
signed with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA in 1998.She was 9th in the league in blocks per game her only season
in the league.
Center Alisa Burras
College to the 1995 JUCO National
Championship and left the school as the top scorer (1,481) rebounder (534) and
shot-blocker (121) in their history.Burras
played with Louisiana Tech from 1996-1998.She
led the team with 18.2 points and 9.5 rebounds as a junior.
Burras led LA Tech to the NCAA
Championship Game in 1998 before a loss to Tennessee.In that NCAA Final, Burras had 19 points and 10 rebounds.The Lady Techsters were 62-8 during Burras's two seasons.Alisa was named to the Associated Press All-America Second Team as a
Burras was drafted in the First Round
(fifth overall) by the Colorado Xplosion in the 1998 American Basketball League
Draft.When the ABL folded,
Burras was allocated to the Cleveland Rockers in 1999.She was selected in the first round of the 1999 WNBA Expansion Draft by
the Portland Fire.Burras played
three seasons for Portland until the
franchise folded and then played with the Seattle Storm for a season.Alisa led the WNBA in 2002 with a 62.8% shooting percentage.
In five WNBA seasons, Burras averaged 6.3
points and 3.4 rebounds.
Carter swished the nets for 16.9 points a
game and grabbed 10.8 rebounds per contest in 2003-4.She was drafted in the Second Round of the 2004 WNBA Draft by the New
York Liberty and played one season in the league.
Forward Shanavia Dowdell
Shanavia was named to the WAC all-Freshman team with 3.9 points
and 2.4 rebounds in just 8.7 minutes per game.Dowdell averaged 12.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals as
a sophomore in Ruston.She led the
Lady Techsters with 40 blocks and was second with 38 steals.
In her junior year, Dowdell was WAC Player of the Year, averaging
16.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.She had eight games of 20 or more points, including a career-high 30
against Western Kentucky.She had 29 points and 17 rebounds in a win over New MexicoState.
Dowdell scored 26 points and had seven rebounds and three blocks
against Top 25 LSU and scored 28 points (11 of 14 shooting) and grabbed 12
rebounds vs. #10 FloridaState in the NCAA Tournament.
Dowdell averaged 18.0 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2
blocks and .9 steals per game in 2009-10 and shot 53% from the field and 66%
from the line.She was third in the
nation in rebounds, 29th in field goal percentage and 36th
in scoring.Dowdell led the nation
in double doubles with 22, fifth most in Tech history.She was one of only seven players in the country to lead their league in
both scoring and rebounding.Dowdell's
12.4 rebounding average was second-best in WAC history, behind only Cheryl Ford.Dowdell had 31 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Nevada and registered 10 games with 16 or more rebounds
Dowdell finished her outstanding college career 15th
in career scoring (1,599 points), 10th in rebounding (1,025) and
ninth in blocks (398).Shanavia set
a WAC record with 1,025 career boards.
Dowdell was selected in the Second Round
of the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.
Forward Cheryl Ford
Ford is the daughter of NBA Hall of Famer
Karl Malone.She was a high school
All-American at SummerfieldHigh
prior to coming to Ruston.Ford was Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003,
Tournament MVP and was an Honorable Mention All-American her senior season.
Cheryl averaged 15.7 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 2003.She scored a career-high 28 against Tulsa
and pulled down 10 or more rebounds 26 times.She set a WAC record with 25 rebounds in the WAC Tournament championship
win over FresnoState.She broke the conference rebounding record with 423, shattering the
previous mark of 311.
ranks #2 all-time with 423 rebounds in that 2002-03 season, trailing only Pam
Kelly (1979-80) who had 491.She
finished her fabulous Tech career #20 in scoring (1,380 points), 7th
in free throws (334), seventh in double-doubles (36), sixth in career blocks
(173) and seventh in career rebounds (1,056).
Ford was the
third player selected in the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock.In her rookie season, Ford led the Shock from a worst to first record and
the WNBA Championship.She is the
only player to win the WNBA Rookie of the Year and a WNBA championship in the
same year, as she was second in the league in rebounding and ninth in field goal
percentage.In her second season,
Ford was second in the league in rebounding and led her team in rebounding,
ranked second in free throw attempts (158), and third in free throws (93),
steals (41) and blocked shots (25).
Cheryl was a
starter on the U.S. National team in 2004.Ford
was fifth in the WNBA in blocked shots with 46 in 2005.In 2006, Cheryl was 12th in the league in scoring (13.8 ppg),
ninth in field goal percentage (49.8% on 153-315 shooting) and tied for 15th
in blocks per game (.78).Ford set a
WNBA post-season record with 23 rebounds in the 2006 playoffs and was named to
the league All-Defensive Second Team.
named MVP of the 2007 WNBA All-Star Game.Ford
grabbed her 500th offensive rebound, 1,000th defensive
rebound and 1,500th total rebound against Minnesota in 2008.She moved into second place on the Shock all-time steals list and #7 on
the all-time assists list that season as well.
Ford averaged 8.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.Last year, Cheryl signed with Polish team CCC Aquapark Pokowice and is currently
playing there.In 196 career WNBA
games, Ford averaged 10.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists.She was a four-time All-Star from 2004-2007, helping the Shock win WNBA
Championships in 2003, 2006 and 2008.
Frierson was chosen in the Second Round of
the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm and immediately helped the team win the
WNBA Championship in her rookie season.However,
she suffered a devastating knee injury that ended her career.
Guard Pam Gant
Gant graced the courts from 1982-1985.She averaged 23.6 points a game in 1984-85.In Gant's career, Tech made the Final Four three times.Pam is #12 all-time in points with 1,714 and #8 in steals with 253.
helped the United
States team win the Junior World
Championship in 1997. In 2000,
she hit a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining as Louisiana Tech tipped
Western Kentucky 97-94 to win the 2000 Sun Belt Conference Championship.Jackson
finished with 21 points in the game that earned Tech an automatic berth in the
NCAA Tournament.She earned All-America
honors her senior year.Jackson
finished her career as the all-time Sun Belt Conference steals leader with 361.She ranked #9 in points with 1,822, #9 in field goals with 753, #1 in
three-pointers with 187, #7 in assists with 474 and #2 in career steals.
was selected in the First Round (8th player chosen) of the 2000 WNBA
Draft by the Detroit Shock.In
seven seasons, Jackson
averaged 6.8 points and 1.3 assists per game.
Johnson led Louisiana Tech
with 13.5 points a game in the 1992-93 season.The following year, she averaged 14.8 points and 7 rebounds.Tech was one second away from winning their fourth national championship
Carolina hit a three-pointer at the
buzzer to take a 60-59 win.Johnson
finished out her career with a 16.4 scoring average as a senior.In her four years in Ruston,
Tech was 116-17.Johnson ranks #5 in
career points with 1,960 and #6 in field goals with 793.She was an All-Conference performer all four years.
Johnson was selected as the 12th
overall draft pick of the inaugural 1997 WNBA Elite Draft.She
was a two-time WNBA All-Star and was the first New York Liberty player to record
2,000 career points.
In 1999, she averaged a career-high 13.3 points per game.Johnson ended an eight-year career with the Liberty
by signing with the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2006.At the start of the 2009 WNBA season, Johnson announced that she would
retire from play at the end of the season.
Johnson averaged 10.3 points,
4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 410 career WNBA games.In 13 seasons, Johnson scored more than 4,000 points and had over 1,500
rebounds and 1,000 career assists.Johnson
finished her career in the league's top ten in field goals (1,545) and was
sixth in assists (1,130), eighth in points (4,039) and 16th in career
also ended her career with an 82.1% free-throw percentage.She was a two-time WNBA all-Star (1999 and 2001).In addition, Vickie played professionally in Israel,
led Louisiana Tech to a 24-3 record as a freshman in 1978-79; the three losses
were by a combined four points.Tech
100-61 and beat Northwestern and Tennessee
to reach the NCAA championship game before losing to Old Dominion.Kelly averaged 19.0 points per game as Tech finished the year #2 in the
following season, Kelly paced Tech with 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds a game and
a record 932 points.She helped her
team beat Kansas
to reach the Final Four.Kelly
averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds as a junior as Tech downed Jackson State
97-50, UCLA 87-54, USC 66-50 and Tennessee
79-59 to win the National Championship.In
her senior year, Kelly helped Tech set a then-NCAA record of 54 straight wins as
the team was ranked #1 every week of the season for the second consecutive year.Pam averaged 20.3 points and 9.1 rebounds to lead the team.They topped CheyneyState
76-62 to win their second straight national title.
finished her amazing career with 2,979 points and 1,511 rebounds, both school
records.Pam also holds records for
career field goals (1,193), free throws (593) and career average (19.5) and is
#7 in steals with 274.Louisiana
Tech was 143-10 in her four years as a starter.Kelly's #41 is retired at the school.
was a muscular 6-4 center in Ruston.She is a local sports heroine in her native Chattanooga,
where a city parkway is named after her.She
helped Louisiana Tech win the NCAA Championship in 1988 as a sophomore and the
Techsters reached the 1989 Final Four.As
a freshman, she led the team with 14.5 points and 9.2 rebounds.Tech beat Texas
in a dramatic overtime game, then knocked off Tennessee
to take home the national title.The
following season, she averaged 21.3 points and 11.9 rebounds and led Tech with
24.2 points and 12.7 rebounds a game her senior year.In Lacy's senior season, Louisiana Tech was undefeated in the regular
season and ranked #1.Tech remained
perfect all the way until the Final Four, when they were upset by Auburn.
Lacy was a consensus All-American and was named
NCAA Women's Player of the Year.Venus
finished her outstanding college career with 266 points in the NCAA Tournament,
which put her among the all-time top 10 women at the time.Lacy was named to the 1996 U.S.
Olympic team, which went 52-0 prior to the Olympics, then swept all opponents on
the way to the 1996 gold medal.
Lacy finished #4 at Louisiana Tech in career points
with 2,004, a record scoring average of 20.0, #6 in field goals with 793, #4 in
rebounds with 1,125 and #7 in blocked shots with 164.
At the time of her graduation, the United
States did not have a women's
professional league, so Lacy began her career overseas.She played in Greece,
and led Greece
to a European championship in 1996.Lacy
was the #1 player selected by the Seattle Reign in the ABL
Draft in 1996.However, she suffered
a serious car accident in February of 1997 and did not play that season.Lacy was chosen by the Long Beach StingRays in the ABL expansion draft and led the
first-year team to the ABL Finals.Venus also played with the Nashville Noise prior to the end of the ABL.
Although Lacy was not drafted when the WNBA began,
she was picked up by the New York Liberty after Rebecca Lobo was injured.Lacy played in 19 games with the Liberty.Venus' jersey of #43 is retired at Louisiana Tech.
helped Louisiana Tech win back-to-back national championships in 1981 and 1982,
earning Final Four Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore in 1982.Lawrence-Braxton averaged 14.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in her freshman
season and 14.7 points and 7 rebounds as a sophomore.Together with Pam Kelly, they were an unstoppable inside force.In 1982-83, she exploded for 20.7 points a game.Tech finished 31-2, with their only two losses to USC.In her senior year, Janice averaged 21.3 as Tech finished 30-3 and once
again reached the Final Four.Lawrence-Braxton
was an All-American in each of her final two seasons.
paced Tech to a 136-6 mark, four Final Four appearances and two national
championships.She finished her
career #2 in points (2,403), #3 in scoring average (17.8 ppg), #5 in rebounds
(1,097), #4 in blocked shots (189) and #5 in steals (291).
helped the United States
Pan-American team win the gold medal in 1983 and was the third-leading scorer on
Olympic gold medal team of 1984.Lawrence
Braxton averaged 9.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in the Olympics.
spent 13 seasons in European basketball, helping Vicenza
win four Italian League championships and averaging 23 points per game.When the WNBA was founded, Lawrence Braxton was drafted by the Cleveland
Rockers, where she played two seasons.In
2003, she became an assistant coach with the Rockers.
was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Lennox helped TrinityValleyCommunity College win the 1997 NJCAA Women's
Basketball Championship prior to coming to Louisiana Tech.Lennox, the Tournament MVP, scored 27
points and 20 rebounds to lead her team to victory.
In Ruston, Lennox was Sun Belt Conference Player of
the Year in both 1999 and 2000 an All-American her senior season.As a senior, Betty averaged 17.3 points and 3.4 assists to lead the team.She scored 25 points and was named Tournament MVP in a 97-94 win over Western Kentucky in the 2000 Sun Belt Conference
Lennox was the sixth player chosen in the
2000 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx.She
had an outstanding rookie season in which she was the Rookie of the Year and the
first rookie to ever play in the WNBA All-Star Game.Betty was named to the All-WNBA 2nd Team at the end of the
season after averaging a league-leading 16.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists
and 1.7 steals per game.Although a
doctor told her in 2001 that her basketball career would be over following a
broken hip in 2001, she persevered.
Lennox went to the Miami Sol in 2002,
where she hit 46 three-pointers and averaged 11.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8
assists.From there, she moved to
the Cleveland Rockers in 2003.After
Cleveland folded, Lennox was chosen by the Seattle Storm in
the Dispersal Draft and helped lead her new team to the WNBA Championship.Lennox averaged 11.2 points, 5 rebounds and 1.1 steals during the regular
season and was chosen MVP after averaging 22.3 points in the playoffs.The Storm made the quarterfinals the next two seasons and in 2005, Lennox nailed her 200th career three-pointer and averaged 12.4
points, 4.4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.25 steals a game.
Lennox reached the 2,000-point milestone
in 2006 and grabbed her 200th career steal as well.She was 15th in the league with 13.7 points per game and
averaged 4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals a game.In 2007, Betty was 14th with 13.4 points a game, third in
free-throw shooting (90.9%) and averaged 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1
steals a contest.
In 2008, Lennox was selected by the Atlanta Dream
in the expansion draft, and averaged 17.5 points (#1 in the Eastern Conference),
4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals a
game.She scored a career-high 44 points against Connecticut and Lennox went over 3,000 career points and
1,000 career rebounds that season as well.Betty
was then acquired by the Los Angeles Sparks and helped L.A. to the Western Conference finals in
her tenth WNBA season.The veteran,
nicknamed "Betty Buckets" for her clutch shots in crucial moments, averaged
10.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the Sparks and provided sharpshooting and an
unequaled energy off the bench.
career WNBA games, Lennox has averaged 12.3 points, 2.1
rebounds and 4.1 assists.She is 14th
in WNBA history with 1,488 career field goals, 16th in free-throw
percentage (83.9%), 13th with 355 career three-pointers, 27th
in rebounds (1,269) and 27th in points (3,785).
Lennox has also played internationally
during the off season of the WNBA, playing for many teams throughout the
world. She played in Turkey in 2010 for Tarsus Belediyes. She
played for Nadezhda in Russia in 2008 & 2009 WNBA
off-seasons. Earlier teams include K. V. Imperial EKA AEL Limassol in Greece during 2007-2008 (leading her team
to the regular season and tournament championships), Poland with Lotos Gdynia in 2006-2007
(helping her team win the regular season title and reach the tournament finals)
and Coconuda Maddaloni in Italy for 2004-2005.
Lennox started the Lennox Foundation 22 in
2005 to support children that were victims of neglect and abuse. The
organization's mission is to give these children better experiences and the
chance to succeed with support, education, and love. They learn self-motivation
through playing basketball. She was presented with the WNBA's Community Assist
Award in June 2006 for her charitable work.
from a deeply religious background, and has a bible verse inscribed on the toes
of her shoes (Philippians ) ("I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me.") which she says is the scripture that tells all that she has
scored 13.6 points and led Tech with 9.8 rebounds in 1987-88 as they went all
the way and captured their third national championship.Lewis finished her career #10 in all-time points (1,760), #6 in free
throws with 377 and #7 in rebounds with 1,071.Lewis was taken in the Third Round of the 2002 WNBA Draft by the Seattle
Storm.Takeisha had 18 points and 24
rebounds in her only season in the league.Takeisha's
#40 is retired at Louisiana Tech.
was chosen in the Fourth Round of the 2000 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting.
a finalist for the Naismith Award recognizing the top prep player in the nation
in 1995.She played for Louisiana
Tech from 1995-1999, ending her career #4 all-time for career three-pointers.She helped the Lady Techsters reach two NCAA Final Fours.
played her rookie season with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA before going
to the Indiana Fever.In 2000,
Maxwell led the Eastern Conference with 62 three-pointers and set a
then-franchise record with 29 points.The
following season, Monica averaged a career-high 10.4 points,5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
was the assistant coach at PikeHigh School in Indianapolis, Indiana from 2002-2005 and was an assistant coach at Tulane
in the 2005-06 season.
led Tech with 8.4 rebounds per game in the 1994-95 season and 7.5 rebounds a
game as a senior.Spurlock was the
17th player selected in the initial 1997 WNBA Draft by the Houston
averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists as a freshman for the Lady
Techsters.The following season, she
scored 11. 4 points a game while pulling down 4 rebounds and averaging 3.1
averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds as a junior and 11.2 points and 4.1
rebounds her senior season.
was a co-Freshman of the Year in 2002 and was on the league's All-Newcomer
Team.She was on the All-WAC Second
Team and was an all-defensive player in both 2003 and 2004.Taylor
was chosen in the Second Roundof
the 2005 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.
1978-82, Turner led Tech to four consecutive Final Fours.She averaged 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds as a freshman.Angela finished her career #3 in points with 2,262, #6 in rebounds
(1,073), #8 in assists with 466 and #3 in steals with 358.Her number 5 was retired.
played for Louisiana Tech from 1998-2002.Ayana
made a big impact as a sophomore with 10.0 points and 7.1 rebounds a game.As a junior, she averaged a career-high 16.0 points per game and grabbed
8.5 boards a game.Walker
was named 2001 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year and was an all-league
performer.She was named to the 2002
All-WAC Team as well as the conference's All-Defensive squad after averaging
13.5 points and 9.2 rebounds.Walker
was selected as WAC Tournament MVP.
played on the gold-medal USA
team of 2001 and set a USA
single-game record with 19 rebounds in the gold medal game.For her play on the squad, Ayana was named USA Basketball Female Athlete
of the Year.
was drafted in the Second Round of the 2002 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock.She averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds and led Detroit
with 34 blocked shots as a rookie.Walker
helped the Shock win the WNBA championship in her second season when she
averaged 1.6 points and 2.1 rebounds.Ayana
played with Israel
in the 2004-05 off-season. In 2005, Walker
signed with the Charlotte Sting.After
that franchise folded, she moved to the Los Angeles Sparks in 2007 and returned
for her final season in 2007.
enjoyed a great career from 1984-1988.She
paced the team in assists each season with 7.2 a game her freshman year, 7.9 as
a sophomore, 8.2 as a junior and 6.0 per game her senior season.In 1986-87, Tech was 26-2 with regular season wins over Tennessee,
and Old Dominion.Weatherspoon
helped Louisiana Tech win the National Championship in 1988, defeating Auburn
56-54.Teresa captured the Wade
Trophy as the nation's top women's collegiate basketball player. Teresa
helped Tech to a 118-14 record in her career.A
member of the 1,000-point club (1,087) at LA Tech, she still ranks No. 1 in
career assists (958) and career steals (411).
was a gold medalist with Team USA
in the 1986 World Championships, a gold medalist in the 1986 Goodwill Games, a
gold medalist at the 1987 World University Games, a gold medalist for the 1988 U.S.
Olympic team, and a bronze medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games.
Her professional playing
experience started in 1988 when she went overseas to play. Weatherspoon spent
six years in Italy -- where she was named a six-time
all-star -- and two years in Russia.
was another of the charter members of the WNBA, drafted by the New York Liberty.She played with the Liberty
until 2003, then played a season with the Los Angeles Sparks.Teresa won WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in both 1997 and 1998 and
helped the Liberty
reach the WNBA Finals in the inaugural season.She started in the first four WNBA All-Star Games (1999-2002) and was
named to the WNBA Second Team from 1997-2000.Weatherspoon hit a 60-foot shot to tie the WNBA Finals Series with Houston
her time in the WNBA, Weatherspoon started 220 straight games and led the Liberty
to three WNBA championship appearances (1997, 1999 and 2000).She was a five-time WNBA All-Star, a four-time all-WNBA second teamer and
the two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.Teresa ranks No. 3 in career assists (1,338) and No. 8 in career steals
(465) in the history of the WNBA.
joined the staff of Louisiana Tech in 2008 and was named head coach the
following season.She led her team
to a 9-2 mark and the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in
the latter half of 2009 and helped Tech reach the second round of the NIT.Weatherspoon was 23-9 last season with a WAC Tournament championship and
berth in the second round of the NCAA Championships.She was honored as the Rookie Coach of the Year in 2010.Teresa was inducted into both the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame last year.
Weatherspoon -- whose No. 11 jersey is
retired at LA Tech -- was named to the NCAA Women's Basketball Team of the
Decade for the 1980's.
Center Debra Williams
Williams played from 1993-1996.She paced the Lady Techsters with 17.7 points a game in 1995-96.Debra ranks #11 in career points with 1,749, #3 in three-pointers with
136 and #10 in three-point percentage with 34.0%.She was chosen in the Third Round of the initial 1997 WNBA Draft by the
Charlotte Sting.She had 27 points
and 13 rebounds in her only season in the league.
Forward Amanda Wilson
at Tech from 1996-99.Amanda led
Tech in both scoring and rebounding with 18.9 points and 8.8 boards as a junior
and 16.6 points and 7.9 rebounds her senior year.She shot a sizzling 62% as a senior and helped the team win 30 or more
games every season she was at Ruston.Wilson ranks #8
in career points with 1,832, #4 in field goals with 815 and #4 with 303 steals.
selected in the Fourth Round of the 1999 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury.One of the all-time premier teams that the WAC has been blessed to
feature (if not #1), the storied Louisiana Tech women's basketball team will
forever live on in memory.BoiseState fans and
fans throughout the conference have been blessed to be able to watch this great
team in action.Congratulations for
the many historic successes and best of luck in the future!