Sheryl Swoopes has secured her place on the women’s basketball Mt. Rushmore of greatest women’s basketball players of all time.

When Swoopes retired from pro basketball in 2011, she had four WNBA championships, six All-Star Game appearances, three WNBA MVP awards, three Olympic gold medals, and a Naismith College Player of the Year Award to her credit.


Former Texas Tech star Sheryl Swoopes makes a layup for the West team in the 2005 WNBA All-Star Game.

On March 25, 1993, Swoopes earned one of the early bullet points on her impressive resume by leading her Texas Tech team to a win over Lisa Leslie’s USC squad, 87-67, in Missoula, Mont. With the win, the Lady Raiders advance to the Elite Eight on their way to the national championship.

Swoopes scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, more than doubling Leslie’s 15 points.

This day in Texas sports history is a daily feature by Trib staff writer Chad Conine, paraphrased from his book “Texas Sports: Unforgettable Stories for Every Day of the Year” (University of Texas Press, 2017).

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