Sheryl Denise Swoopes is a retired American professional basketball player. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA, is a three-time WNBA MVP, was named one of the league's Top 15 Players of All Time at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game. Swoopes has won three Olympic gold medals, is one of ten women's basketball players to have won an Olympic gold medal, an NCAA Championship and a WNBA title, she was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2017, she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Born in Brownfield, Swoopes was raised by her mother Louise Swoopes and played basketball with her three older brothers, she began competing at age seven in a local children's league called Little Dribblers. She played basketball at Brownfield High School. Recruited by the University of Texas, Swoopes left the school shortly after her arrival without playing a game, enrolled at South Plains College. After playing at South Plains for two years, Swoopes transferred to Texas Tech.
In 1993, Swoopes won the NCAA women's basketball championship with the Texas Tech Lady Raiders during her senior season. Her jersey was retired by the school the following year, making her one of only three Lady Raiders to be honored in this way; the others are Carolyn Thompson and Krista Kirkland, Swoopes' teammate from the 1993 championship team. As of 2010, Swoopes was still a part of the NCAA women's basketball record books in many categories, including single-game scoring record, single-season scoring, highest championship tournament scoring average, best single-game championship scoring performance, which broke Bill Walton's record, scoring record for championship series, she set the record for the most field goals in the championship game with 16. Swoopes set several school records at Texas Tech, she scored 955 points in the 1992–93 season, an all-time scoring record for a single season. Swoopes' 24.9 points-per-game average for her career is the best in school history. Swoopes was the 1993 winner of the Naismith College Player of the Year award, was selected as that year's WBCA Player of the Year, was chosen to the Division I All-American squad in both 1992 and 1993.
Swoopes was named the 1993 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. Source Swoopes was named to the USA national team and competed in the 1994 World Championships, held in June 1994 in Sydney, Australia; the team was coached by Tara VanDerveer, won their first six games, when they faced Brazil. In a contested, high-scoring game, Brazil hit 10 of 10 free throws in the final minute to secure a 110–107 victory; the USA won a close final game against Australia 100–95 to earn the bronze medal. Swoopes averaged 9.1 points per game, while recording seven second-highest on the team. Swoopes was selected to represent the US at the 1995 USA Women's Pan American Games, but only four teams committed to participate, so the event was cancelled. Swoopes continued as a member of the USA team at the 1996 Olympics, held in Georgia; the USA team won all their pool play games by large margins, although they were behind Cuba by as many as seven points before Lisa Leslie's 24 points helped the USA take over the game.
In 2002, Swoopes was named to the national team which competed in the World Championships in Zhangjiagang and Nanjing, China. The team was coached by Van Chancellor. Swoopes second-highest on the team and recorded a team-high 24 steals; the USA team won all nine games, including a close title game against Russia, which had a one-point difference late in the game. Swoopes was named to the National Team representing the US at the 2006 World Championships, held in Barueri and Sao Paulo, Brazil; the team won eight of their nine contests, but the lone loss came in the semifinal medal round to Russia. The USA beat Brazil in the final game to earn the bronze medal. Swoopes, hampered by injuries, averaged 3.0 points per game and was second on the team with six blocks. Swoopes was recruited for the Houston Comets of the WNBA during the 1997 inaugural season, she returned only six weeks after giving birth to her son to play the last third of the WNBA inaugural season and lead the Comets in the 1997 WNBA Championship.
As a member of the Houston Comets, she has accumulated over 2,000 career points, 500 career rebounds, 300 career assists, 200 career steals. Her extraordinary scoring and defensive ability have made her the first three-time WNBA MVP and the first three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Swoopes is a four-time WNBA champion. Swoopes is the second player in WNBA history to win both the regular season MVP award and the All-Star Game MVP award in the same season; the first player to accomplish this was Lisa Leslie. Swoopes is the first player in WNBA history to record a triple-double in both the regular season and the playoffs. Swoopes gained national prominence when she won the gold medal with the USA Basketball Women's National Team at the 1996 Olympic Games and became a focal point of the fledgling WNBA; the 1996 Olympic win over Brazil is considered by some to be the "best woman's basketball game they'd seen." She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Swoopes is the first women's basketball player to have a Nike shoe named after her: the "Air Swoopes".
On March 3, 2008, Swoopes signed with the Seattle Storm, ending
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
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The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is a former American professional women's basketball player, interim head coach of the WNBA's Dallas Wings. A two-time WNBA champion with the Detroit Shock and Minnesota Lynx and six-time all-star, McWilliams-Franklin's professional career has spanned three decades, began before the WNBA was founded, she retired from the WNBA after the 2012 season. After attending T. W. Josey High School in Augusta, Georgia, McWilliams-Franklin attended Georgia State University in 1989 and played on the school's basketball team for one season. However, she had become pregnant during her senior year in high school, after the coach who recruited her to Georgia State was let go, the incoming staff told her "school was no place for kids." McWilliams-Franklin moved to Austin, where a friend connected her with St. Edward's University coach Dave McKey, she enrolled at St. Edwards as a Rhetoric major. While at St. Edward's, she set school records and individual achievements, including: NAIA National Player of the Year in 1993 Selected to the 1993 Kodak NAIA All-American team Member of the 1992 NAIA All-America second team Set school records for career scoring, most points scored for a single season, highest scoring average and highest field goal percentage McWilliams-Franklin said that after her first year at St. Edward's, she had the potential opportunity to transfer to a Division I school, but declined to pursue it, because she "felt loyalty is rewarded with loyalty."
McWilliams-Franklin was named to the USA national team in 1998. The national team traveled to Berlin, Germany, in July and August 1998 for the FIBA World Championships; the USA team won a close opening game against Japan 95–89 won their next six games easily. In the semifinal game against Brazil, the American team was behind by as much as ten points in the first half, but went on to win 93–79; the gold medal game was a rematch against Russia. In the first game, the American team dominated from the beginning, but in the rematch, the team from Russia took the early lead and led much of the way. With under two minutes remaining, the USA was down by two points, but held on to win the gold medal, 71–65. McWilliams-Franklin was drafted in 1996 and played two seasons for the Philadelphia Rage of the American Basketball League, she led the league in blocks with 1.5 per game, ranked fifth in field goal percentage. She was a member of the 1997 All-ABL second team. McWilliams-Franklin has had a long and successful WNBA career, earning two titles and recognition as one of the all-time great post players in league history.
She ranks. McWilliams-Franklin was selected by the Orlando Miracle in the third round of the 1999 WNBA draft, she starred for the Miracle for four years and remained with the franchise when the it relocated to Uncasville and was renamed the Connecticut Sun prior to the 2003 season. From 1999 to 2008, McWilliams-Franklin played in six WNBA All-Star Games, she was a member of the starting team of the 2004 WNBA All-Star squad that played against a select group of players from the USA Basketball team. That game was held on August 2004 at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City; the game was held in place of the regular WNBA All-Star Game and was a send-off for the USA Basketball squad prior to their participation at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. McWilliams-Franklin was the recipient of the 2005 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, she was awarded a Tiffany-designed trophy and $5,000. In addition, she designated an additional $5,000 to go to the Mary Elizabeth House in Richmond, Virginia.
She was 2nd team all WNBA in 2005. In February 2007, she was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for the draft rights of Érika de Souza and a future selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft. On April 22, 2008 the Los Angeles Sparks traded McWilliams-Franklin to the Washington Mystics for DeLisha Milton-Jones. On August 12, 2008 McWilliams-Franklin was traded to the Detroit Shock for Tasha Humphrey, Eshaya Murphy, a second round pick in the 2009 WNBA draft. Following the trade, McWilliams-Franklin won her first WNBA championship with the Shock as they defeated the San Antonio Silver Stars in a 3-game sweep. On April 22, 2010, McWilliams-Franklin signed a free agent deal with the New York Liberty, she was targeted as a key free agent acquisition by Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve prior to the 2011 season. McWilliams-Frankin played as the team's starting center throughout the season, averaging 7.0 rebounds per game and 11.6 points per game. Lynx Assistant Coach Jim Petersen credited McWilliams-Franklin with having an outsize impact on the team both on and off the court, saying, "You can talk all you want about the things she has done on the floor, but it is in the locker room, in the scouting reports, in the film sessions and just around the airport -- she's somebody to talk to, there and done that.
She has seen it all." Teammate Candice Wiggins agreed, noting that the team had nicknamed her "Mama Taj", that "she is like a coach, a big sister for us, off the court and on. She has taken us all in. We are like her little chickies and she is the mother hen."Despite her age, McWilliams-Franklin was a key contributor to the Lynx's 2011 WNBA championship. She started 33 of 34 games during the regular season, during the playoffs led her team in points once and assists three times, the last despite playing with a knee sprain; as of 2017, she remains the oldest player in league history to win a championship. McWilliams-Franklin came back for the 2012 season, her longevity and talent earned her the career rec
WNBA Most Valuable Player Award
The Women's National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player is an annual Women's National Basketball Association award given since the league's inaugural season. MVP voting takes place following the regular season; the award recipient is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States. Panel members were asked to select their top five choices for the award, with 10 points being awarded for a first place vote, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth. In 2008, fans could have a say in who won the award. Fans were able to vote online for their top five MVP picks; these selections accounted for 25% of the total vote, while the media panel's selections accounted for the other 75%. Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie and Lauren Jackson have won the award three times. Candace Parker is the only player to win Rookie of MVP in the same season. Jackson, both born and trained in Australia, is the only award winner either born or trained outside the United States.
The sculptor of the WNBA MVP Award is Marc Mellon, the sculptor of the NBA MVP Trophy. "WNBA MVP". Retrieved January 19, 2009. "WNBA MVP Award - Marc Mellon Sculpture Studio". Retrieved January 19, 2009
Temeka Rochelle Johnson is an American professional basketball player, a free agent. Her primary position is point guard. Johnson attended Bonnabel High School in Louisiana. Johnson played for the LSU Lady Tigers from 2001 to 2005, graduating from the school in 2005, she broke LSU's career assist record. She was teammates with Seimone Augustus. AP All-American honorable mention All-SEC First Team All-SEC Third Team SEC Tournament MVP SEC All-Tournament Team Source Johnson was selected 6th overall in the 2005 WNBA Draft. Upon joining the Mystics she was doubted for being too short to play professional basketball; that same year she would walk away with the 2005 WNBA Rookie of the Year award. In addition, she ranked 2nd in the league in assists. At the beginning of the 2006 season, she was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks, during the 2009 off-season, to the Phoenix Mercury who went on to win the WNBA Championship that year. On January 12, 2012, Johnson was traded to the Tulsa Shock for Andrea Riley.
On February 7, 2013, Johnson signed with the Seattle Storm to fill a gap at the starting point guard position left by Sue Bird, out for the whole season while recovering from knee surgery. In her second season with the Storm, Johnson became the shortest player in WNBA history to record a triple-double with a performance of 13 points, 11 assists and a career-high 10 rebounds while standing only 5'3". On March 17, 2015, it was announced. Johnson signed once again with the Los Angeles Sparks on March 23, 2015. While playing with the Sparks in the 2015 season, Johnson scored her 2500th career point and recorded her 300th career steal. Johnson was a member of the gold medal 2003 USA World Championship Young Women Team in Šibenik, Croatia. In the 2005-06 WNBA off-season, Johnson played in both Israel and Poland for Bnei Yehuda and Lotos VBW Clima Gdynia, she played for Raanana Hasharon in Israel during the 2008-09 WNBA off-season. In the 2009-10 WNBA off-season, Johnson played in Israel for Maccabi Bnot Ashdod.
From 2011 to 2013, Johnson played two off-seasons in Russia for Dynamo Kursk. In the 2013-14 WNBA off-season, Johnson played for Nadezhda Orenburg. In October 2015, Johnson signed with AGÜ Spor for the 2015-16 WNBA off-season. In November 2016, Johnson signed once again with Maccabi Bnot Ashdod for the 2016-17 WNBA off-season. WNBA Player Profile