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Tina Thompson
Thompson at the 2013 WNBA All-Star game
Virginia Cavaliers
Head coach
Personal information
Born February 10, 1975 (1975-02-10) (age 46)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
High school Morningside
(Inglewood, California)
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 178 lb (81 kg)
Career information
College USC (1993–1997)
NBA Draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Houston Comets
Pro career 1997–2014
Coaching career 2015–present
League Atlantic Coast Conference
Career history
As player:
1997–2008 Houston Comets
2001–2002 Rovereto Basket
2003 Incheon Kumho Life Falcons
2005–2006 Cheonan Kookmin Bank Savers
2006–2007 Spartak Moscow Region
2009–2011 Los Angeles Sparks
2010 Municipal MCM Târgovişte
2010 Chuncheon Woori Bank Hansae
2012–2013 Seattle Storm
2013–2014 Guri KDB Life Winnus
As coach:
2015–2017 Texas (asst.)
2017–2018 Texas (assoc. HC)
2018–present Virginia
Career highlights and awards
  • 4× WNBA champion (1997–2000)
  • 9× WNBA All-Star (1999–2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013)
  • WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2000)
  • 3× All-WNBA First Team (1997, 1998, 2004)
  • 5 × All-WNBA Second Team (1999–2002, 2007)
  • WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time (2011)
  • WNBA Top 20@20 (2016)
  • Member of WNBA All-Decade Team
  • Russian National League champion (2007)
  • EuroLeague champion (2007)
  • Romanian National League champion (2010)
  • No. 14 retired by USC

Tina Marie Thompson (born February 10, 1975) is an American former WNBA professional basketball player and the head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers women's basketball team. Thompson was inducted into both the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.

The first college draft pick in WNBA history, Thompson was selected first by the Houston Comets. She helped lead the Comets to four consecutive WNBA Championships in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. She won two Olympic gold medals and made nine WNBA All-Star Game appearances. Until 2017 she was the WNBA's all-time leading scorer and, as of 2019, she ranks second in WNBA history.

Early years

Thompson was born in Los Angeles, California. She grew up playing basketball with her brother TJ and his friends at Robertson Park in West Los Angeles, California. She recorded more than 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in her high school career at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California, where she also played volleyball. She then went on to play basketball at the University of Southern California, where she graduated in 1997. She attended both high school and college with fellow WNBA player Lisa Leslie.

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