Tina Thompson facts for kids
Thompson at the 2013 WNBA All-Star game
|Born||February 10, 1975
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||178 lb (81 kg)|
|NBA Draft||1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Houston Comets|
|League||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|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|
|2013–2014||Guri KDB Life Winnus|
|2017–2018||Texas (assoc. HC)|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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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