Odyssey Celeste Sims is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association. An AP and WBCA All-American, Sims was born in Irving and graduated from MacArthur High School. Sims was a 2010 graduate of MacArthur High School in Texas, she was rated the number one point guard in the class of 2010, earned the WBCA/State Farm National High School Player of the Year award and had her jersey retired. Sims attended Baylor University for four seasons; as a freshman, Sims was Named National Freshman of the Year, was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and to the All-Big 12 first team. In her sophomore season, Sims earned team Co-MVP honors with teammate Brittney Griner. Scored in double digits in 30 of 40 games and won a NCAA Championship after Baylor defeated Notre Dame. In her junior year, Sims was earned Co-MVP honors for the second straight year with Griner. In Big 12 statistics, she was ranked number 1 in assist/turnover ratio, number 3 in steals, number 4 in assists, number 5 in free throw percentage.
In her senior year, Sims would statistically have the best season of her college career. She scored, she finished the season averaging 28.5 points per game. Source Sims was drafted 2nd overall by the Tulsa Shock in the 2014 WNBA draft. In her rookie season, Sims entered the starting line-up for the Shock at the shooting guard position. Sims would become a scoring sensation in the league, she finished her rookie season, averaging a career-high 16.7 points per game along with a career-high 4.2 assists per game in 34 games with 31 starts and was named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team. The Shock finished fifth place in the Western Conference with a 12–22 record, missing out on the playoffs. In 2015, Sims would have an injury-riddled season, she missed 10 games with a knee injury, she finished the season, with 23 games played along with 19 starts and averaged 16.0 points per game and 3.8 assists per game. The Shock would make the playoffs with the number 3 seed in the Western Conference, posting an 18–16 record, but were eliminated in a 2-game sweep by the Phoenix Mercury in the first round.
In 2016, the Tulsa Shock relocated to Dallas and were renamed the Dallas Wings. In the 2016 season, Sims would be healthy; the Wings missed out on playoff contention with an 11–23 record. In 2017, Sims was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks along with the number 11 overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft in exchange for two first round picks in the 2017 WNBA Draft, she came off the bench, but would be inserted into the starting lineup at the shooting guard spot after Essence Carson suffered an right elbow sprain. On August 24, 2017, Sims scored a season-high 28 points along with 8 assists and 6 rebounds as a starter in an 82–67 victory over the Phoenix Mercury; the Sparks would finish with a 26–8 record as the number 2 seed in the league with a double-bye to the semi-finals, following last season's new playoff format. Heading into the playoffs, Sims remained the starting shooting guard for the Sparks; the Sparks would go on to advance to the Finals after defeating the Mercury in a 3-game sweep of the semi-finals.
Sims tied her playoff career-high of 22 points in Game 3 with the Sparks winning 89–87 to clinch their second consecutive berth to the Finals. However, the Sparks would lose in the Finals to the Minnesota Lynx in five games. In February 2018, Sims re-signed with the Sparks in free agency. On May 20, 2018, in the Sparks' season opener, Sims scored a season-high 21 points in a 77–76 victory over the Minnesota Lynx; as the season went on, Sims would struggle and would lose her starting position going into the playoffs. The Sparks finished as the number 6 seed in the league with a 19–15 record. In the first round elimination game, the Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx 75–68 to advance. In the second round elimination game, the Sparks would lose 96–64 to the Washington Mystics. In 2019, Sims again re-signed with the Sparks after they matched an offer sheet made the Phoenix Mercury. In the 2014-15 WNBA off-season, Sims played for Bucheon KEB-Hana Bank in South Korea. In the 2015-16 WNBA off-season, Sims played for Abdullah Gül Üniversitesi B.
K. in Turkey. As of August 2016, Sims signed with Botaş SK of the Turkish League for the 2016-17 WNBA off-season. In 2017, Sims signed with Adana ASKİ SK of the Turkish League for the 2017-18 WNBA off-season. Sims played on the team representing the US at the 2011 Summer Universiade held in China; the team, coached by Bill Fennelly, won all six games to earn the gold medal. Sims averaged 6.2 points per game. Sims was selected to be a member of the team representing the US at the 2013 Summer Universiade held in Kazan, Russia; the team, coached by Sherri Coale, won the opening four games scoring in triple digits in each game, winning by 30 or more points in each case. After winning the quarterfinal game against Sweden, they faced Australia in the semifinal; the USA team opened up as much as a 17 point in the fourth quarter of the game but the Australian team fought back and took a one-point lead in the final minute. Crystal Bradford scored a basket with 134 seconds left ant he game to secure a 79–78 victory.
The gold medal opponent was Russia, but the USA team never trailed, won 90–71 to win the gold medal and the World University games Championship. Sims was the third leading scorer for the team, averaging 12.7 poi
Clarissa Davis is former Texas women's basketball All-American, known as Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil. She is a National Player of the Year and pro standout, was inducted into The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2006, she was one of six inductees in the Class of 2006, which features four former players and two coaches. Born and raised in San Antonio, Davis played under coach Mike Floyd at John Jay High School before playing at the University of Texas, she played basketball in Europe with Galatasaray Istanbul and Fenerbahçe Istanbul in Turkey and won Turkish Championships with both of these rival clubs. Won the Naismith College Player of the Year award in both 1987 and 1989 and the Wade Trophy in 1989 As a senior in 1988–89, named Naismith College Player of the Year, USBWA Women's National Player of the Year, WBCA Player of the Year, Mercedes Benz National Player of the Year Two-time Kodak All-American and Naismith All-American, U. S. Basketball Writers Association All-American at the University of Texas … consensus All-American Earned Most Outstanding Player honors as a freshman at the 1986 Final Four, leading Texas to the NCAA Championship and an undefeated season with a 34-0 record...
Led Texas to the NCAA Final Four and to the Elite Eight twice Named to both the NCAA and the Southwest Conference "Team of the Decade" for the 1980s, earning top honors as the SWC's "Athlete of the Decade" Scored 2,008 points during her collegiate career for an average of 19.9 ppg … in the Texas career record book, she stands: 1st, scoring average. She played in the 1986 and 1994 Goodwill Games, the 1987 Pan American Games. After serving as an alternate on the 1988 U. S. Olympic Team, she played on the 1992 U. S. Olympic Team, which received a bronze medal in Barcelona, was the team's second-leading scorer. Clarissa Davis was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the second round of the 1999 WNBA Draft, she played in fourteen games with the Mercury, averaging 9.3 points per game in her only season in the league. After her playing career, Davis-Wrightsil worked for the San Antonio Spurs organization from 1999 to 2002, she ran the Spurs' successful campaign to obtain the San Antonio Silver Stars as a WNBA franchise, served as the Silver Star's Chief Operating Officer from 2002–2006.
Davis was an assistant coach for the University of Texas Longhorns women's basketball team during the 2006–2007 season. She left Texas after one season to take a similar position with C. Vivian Stringer's Rutgers University team in 2008. After helping the Scarlet Knights to their fifth consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2008–2009 season, Davis-Wrightsil resigned to be with her ailing mother in Texas. Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2006, Davis is the founder of TEAMXPRESS, a non-profit sports-based mentoring organization for girls in San Antonio, TX. Porter, David L. ed.. Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-30952-6
Brittney Yevette Griner is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association and in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg. She played college basketball at Baylor University in Texas, she is the only NCAA basketball player to block 500 shots. In 2012, the three-time All-American was named the AP Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Standing 6 ft 8 in tall, Griner has an arm span of 88 in. In 2009, Griner was named the nation's #1 high school women's basketball player by Rivals.com. Griner was selected to the 2009 McDonald's All-American basketball team. In 2012, she received the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award. Griner was on the USA Olympic Women's team, where she helped lead them to victory. In 2013, Griner signed an endorsement deal with Nike. Griner is the daughter of Sandra Griner, she has three older siblings. Griner attended Nimitz High School in Houston. In addition to lettering in basketball throughout high school, she played varsity volleyball as a freshman.
Starting in her sophomore year, Griner practiced with the boys' basketball team, worked with a Nimitz football coach to develop her leg strength in preparation for learning to dunk. During her junior season, a YouTube video featuring her dunks was watched more than 2.7 million times, leading to a meeting with Shaquille O'Neal. During her senior year, Griner led the Nimitz Cougars to the Texas 5A girls basketball state championship game, where Nimitz lost 52–43 to Mansfield Summit High School. Griner dunked 52 times in 32 games as a senior, setting a single-game record of seven dunks against Aldine High School. Houston mayor Bill White declared May 2009, Brittney Griner Day. On November 11, 2008, she recorded 25 blocks in a game against Houston Alief Hastings, the most recorded by a female in a high school game in the US. In her 2008 -- 09 season, she recorded a single season record. Griner was named a WBCA All-American and participated in the 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game, leading the team by scoring 20 points and collecting 9 rebounds.
Griner played college basketball at Baylor University in Texas. As a freshman, Griner's 223 blocked shots set the all-time single-season record, establishing her as one of the greatest shot blockers in women's basketball history. On December 16, 2009, Griner recorded Baylor's first triple-double with 34 points, 13 rebounds, Big 12 Conference record 11 blocked shots. In January 2010, she became only the seventh player to dunk during a women's college basketball game, only the second woman to dunk twice in a single college game, making the second and third dunks of her college career in a lopsided 99–18 victory against Texas State University. On March 3, 2010, Griner and Texas Tech player Jordan Barncastle were battling for position near the lane; as a foul was being called on Barncastle, Griner took two steps forward and threw a right-handed roundhouse punch which broke Barncastle's nose. Griner was ejected from the game. Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey imposed another one-game suspension in addition to the one-game suspension mandated by NCAA rules.
Baylor entered the NCAA Tournament as a 4th seed, knocked off top-seeded Tennessee in the Sweet 16. On March 22, Griner set an NCAA tournament record with 14 blocked shots in a 49–33 win against the Georgetown Hoyas. In the Elite Eight, Baylor defeated Duke 51–48, Griner blocked 9 shots, totaling 35 for the tournament, a new NCAA Women's Tournament record. Duke's Alison Bales had held the previous record of 30 blocks in the 2006 NCAA Women's Tournament. Baylor reached the Final Four, before losing to eventual-champion UConn, 70–50. Griner was named an AP Second Team All-American; as a sophomore, Griner received First Team All-American honors after averaging 23 points a game, including a career-high 40 points against Green Bay in the Sweet 16. In her junior season, Griner averaged 9.4 rebounds and 5 blocks per game. She blocked more shots than any other Division I women's team that season. Griner was named The 2012 Premier Player of Women's College Basketball. On April 3, 2012, Griner led Baylor with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to win the Division I Women's Basketball Championship, 80–61 over Notre Dame.
Griner was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. Baylor finished its undefeated season with the most in NCAA history. After winning the championship on April 3, 2012, Griner decided to withdraw her candidacy for a roster spot on the 2012 U. S. Olympic women's basketball team. A month Griner broke her wrist after jumping off her skateboard when she was going down a ramp, her college career came to an end in the 2013 NCAA women's basketball tournament when Baylor lost to the University of Louisville Cardinals in the sweet 16. *2012–13 statistics as of 3/21/13 The only international players surpassing her height are the late Margo Dydek, at 7 feet 2 inches, the late Sue Geh, at 2.06 metres tall, Heidi Gillingham at 6 feet 10 inches and Allyssa DeHaan at 6 feet 9 inches. In the 2013 WNBA Draft, the Phoenix Mercury selected Griner as the first overall pick. Griner would flourish in her rookie season, being named a WNBA all-star and would be a dominant defensive force in the league, averaging 3.0 blocks per game.
In her debut on May 27, 2013 against Chicago Sky, Griner equaled the WNBA dunk record, recording two dunks to equal Candace Parker's career total. She thus became the third WNBA player to dunk and first to do so twice in one game. Despite the All-Star vote, Griner missed the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game with a right knee injury, she was replaced by Tina Tho
The Wade Trophy is an award presented annually to the best women's basketball player in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I competition. It is named after three–time national champion Delta State University coach Lily Margaret Wade; the award debuted in 1978 as the first–ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. State Farm Insurance sponsors the award, the trophy is presented at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Convention. Connecticut has the most all-time winners with nine. Maya Moore is the only player to win the Wade Trophy three times, accomplishing the feat in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Other multiple award winners include Nancy Lieberman, Seimone Augustus, Brittney Griner, fellow UConn alum Breanna Stewart. Three schools are tied for second place in total recipients: Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Texas have three winners apiece. There have never been any ties for the award. All academically eligible women's basketball athletes in NCAA Division I qualify as candidates Member of the NCAA Division I Kodak/WBCA All-America Team Game and season statistics Effect on team Leadership Character Overall playing ability Player that embodies the "Spirit of Margaret Wade" as defined by the WBCA and the NAGWS Official website
Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon is a retired American basketball player who played for the New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association and the former head basketball coach of the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. In 2016, Weatherspoon was chosen to the WNBA Top 20@20, a list of the league's best 20 players in celebration of the WNBA's twentieth anniversary. Born in Pineland, Weatherspoon was a health and physical education major and star basketball player at Louisiana Tech. In 1988, her senior season, she led the Lady Techsters to the NCAA national title. After college, Weatherspoon played overseas in Italy and Russia for 8 years. Weatherspoon is one of the original players of the WNBA in 1997 when she joined the New York Liberty in the WNBA's inaugural season. A talented ball-handler and charismatic leader, her energetic play endeared her to the fans and media in New York. In 1997 she was the first winner of the league's Defensive player of the year award.
She won the title again in 1998. During the 1999 WNBA Finals, Weatherspoon had one of the most memorable feats in WNBA history. After receiving the inbound pass, Weatherspoon dribbled the ball up to half court and made a game-winning shot 50 feet away from the basket to force a Game 3; that moment would be referred to as "The Shot". Up until the 2003 season, she held the distinction of being the only WNBA player to start every one of her games. After the 2003 season, she was not signed with the Los Angeles Sparks. After her 2004 season with the Sparks, Weatherspoon retired. In 2007 Weatherspoon was the head coach of the Westchester Phantoms of the American Basketball Association. In April 2008 she joined the coaching staff of the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech. On February 9, 2009, she was promoted to interim head coach to replace former head coach Chris Long. April 2, 2009 saw Louisiana Tech shed the interim label and name Teresa head women's basketball coach. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in the fifteen-year history of the WNBA.
In 2016, Weatherspoon was named in the WNBA Top 20@20. Source Weatherspoon was selected to represent the US at the inaugural Goodwill games, held in Moscow in July 1986. North Carolina State's Kay Yow served as head coach; the team opened up with a 72–53 of Yugoslavia, followed that with a 21-point win over Brazil 91–70. The third game would be much closer, ending in a 78 -- 70 victory; the USA faced Bulgaria in the semi-final match up, again won, this time 67–58. This set up the final against the Soviet Union, led by 7-foot-2 Ivilana Semenova, considered the most dominant player in the world; the Soviet team, had a 152–2 record in major international competition over the prior three decades, including an 84–82 win over the US in the 1983 World Championships. The Soviets held the early edge, leading 21–19 at one time, before the USA went on a scoring run to take a large lead they would never relinquish; the final score was 83–60 in favor of the US, earning the gold medal for the USA squad. For the entire event, Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon averaged 1.6 points per game.
Weatherspoon continued with the National team at the 1986 World Championship, held in Moscow, a month after the Goodwill games in Moscow, although she was injured and unable to play. The USA team was more dominant this time; the early games were won and the semifinal against Canada, while the closest game for the USA so far, ended up an 82–59 victory. At the same time, the Soviet team was winning as well, the final game pitted two teams each with 6–0 records; the Soviet team, having lost only once at home, wanted to show that the Goodwill games setback was a fluke. The USA team started by scoring the first eight points, raced to a 45–23 lead, although the Soviets fought back and reduced the halftime margin to 13; the USA went on a 15—1 run in the second half to out the game away, ended up winning the gold medal with a score of 108–88. Weatherspoon was selected to be a member of the team representing the US at the 1987 World University Games held in Zagreb, Yugoslavia; the USA team won four of the five contests.
After winning their first two games against Poland and Finland, the USA faced the host team Yugoslavia. The game went to overtime, but Yugoslavia prevailed, 93–89; the USA faced China in the next game. They won 84 -- 83, they won the final game against Canada to secure fifth place. Weatherspoon averaged 8.6 points per games. She recorded 21 steals over the course of the event, tied for first place on the team. 1988—Winner of the Honda Sports Award for basketball 1988—The Honda-Broderick Cup winner for all sports. Weatherspoon was born to Rowena Weatherspoon in Pineland, Texas, her father, Charles Sr. played minor league baseball in the Minnesota Twins' farm system, holds the record for the most grand slams in a minor league game. Weatherspoon has three sisters, she credits her family her mother Rowena Weatherspoon, as the biggest influence on her basketball career. Her fans call her by her nicknames "T-Spoon" or "Spoon", she and Arizona Cardinals linebacker Sean Weatherspoon are second cousins. In 1999, she published a book titled Teresa Weatherspoon's Basketball for Girls, filled with anecdotes and advice on improving basketball skills for young girls.
WNBA #2 all-time in career assists Led the New York Liberty to the first WNBA Finals in 1997 a
DeLisha Lachell Milton-Jones is an American retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the Pepperdine Waves women's basketball team. Milton-Jones played college basketball for the University of Florida. In her seventeen-season WNBA career, she has played for the Washington Mystics, the Los Angeles Sparks, the San Antonio Stars, the New York Liberty, she is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time WNBA champion, has been selected to the WNBA All-Star Game three times. Milton-Jones was born DeLisha Lachell Milton in Riceboro, Georgia in 1974. According to a DNA analysis, she descended from Yoruba people and Hausa people of Nigeria, she attended Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, where she played high school basketball for the Bradwell Tigers. Milton-Jones graduated from Bradwell in 1993. Milton-Jones accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she played for coach Carol Ross's Florida Gators women's basketball team from 1993 to 1997.
She was a four-year letterman, led the Lady Gators to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. As a senior in 1996–97, she was recognized as an All-American by the Associated Press and the Basketball Times. Milton-Jones was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2007. Source Milton-Jones represented the USA at the 1997 World University Games held in Marsala, Italy in August 1997; the USA team won all six games. Milton-Jones recorded 14 steals, second highest on the team. Milton-Jones was named to the U. S. national team in 1998. The national team traveled to Berlin, Germany in July and August 1998 for the FIBA World Championships; the U. S. team won a close opening game against Japan 95–89 won their next six games easily. In the semifinal game against Brazil, the U. S. team was behind as much as ten points in the first half, but the U. S. team went on to win 93–79. The gold medal game was a rematch against Russia. In the first game, the Americans dominated from the beginning, but in the rematch, the Russian team took the early lead and led much of the way.
With under two minutes remaining, the U. S. team was down by two points but the Americans responded held on to win the gold medal 71–65. Milton-Jones averaged 7.1 points per game. Milton-Jones is well known for the unusual length of her arms, which give her an eighty-four inch wingspan—typical of that of a seven-foot person, she was a member of the U. S. national women's basketball teams that won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, as well as the U. S. women's teams that won world championships in 1998 and 2002. In 1999, Milton-Jones was drafted 4th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks, she would play the first six years of her career with the Sparks from 1999 to 2004, playing alongside Lisa Leslie. During her six-year tenure with the Sparks, Milton-Jones won two WNBA championships in 2001 and 2002. In 2005, she was traded to the Washington Mystics in exchange for Chamique Holdsclaw and a first-round draft pick in the 2004 off-season.
On April 22, 2008, Milton-Jones was reacquired by the Los Angeles Sparks in a trade for Taj McWilliams-Franklin. In 2013, she signed with the San Antonio Silver Stars before being released and signed by the New York Liberty. On July 9, 2014, Milton-Jones was traded to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for Swin Cash In August 2015, Milton-Jones played in her 497th WNBA game, a league-record for most WNBA games played. In 2016, Milton-Jones was released by the Dream. In September 2016, Miton-Jones announced her retirement. In 2003, she won the Euroleague Championship with team Ekaterinburg in Russia. In the 2005–06 season, she won the Euroleague with Gambrinus Brno of the Czech Republic and for the season 2006–07 she signed a two-year contract with Ros Casares Valencia of Spain. During the 2008–2009 WNBA off-season, Milton-Jones played for Ros Casares Valencia in Spain. For whom she played during the 2007-08 off-season, she became the second woman to coach a men's professional basketball team when, in 2005, she took over the ABA's Los Angeles Stars.
On March 29, 2017, she was named the head coach of Pepperdine Waves women's basketball replacing Ryan Weisenberg. Milton-Jones appeared in Basketball as Delisha Milton. In 2003, Milton-Jones married Roland Jones. 2001-2002: Lavezzini Basket Parma 2002-2004: UMMC Ekaterinburg 2007-2009: Ros Casares Valencia Milton-Jones has received numerous awards and honors, some of which are listed below. 2015 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award 2000 & 2008 Olympic Games 2007 Tournament of Americas 1998 & 2002 FIBA World Championship 2002 Opals World Challenge 1999 U. S. Olympic Cup 1997 World University Games 1994 U. S. Olympic Festival 2006 FIBA World Championship 1997 SEC Player of the Year 1997 State Farm Wade Trophy 1997 First-team All-American 1997 First-team All-Southeastern Conference 1996 First-team All-Southeastern Conference 1995 Second-team All-Southeastern Conference 1994 Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team SEC Player of the Week List of Florida Gators in the WNBA List of multiple Olympic gold medalists List of Olympic medalists in basketball List of University of Florida alumni List of University of Florida Olympians List of University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame members WNBA player profile of Delisha Milton-Jones US
Three-point field goal
A three-point field goal is a field goal in a basketball game made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc surrounding the basket. A successful attempt is worth three points, in contrast to the two points awarded for field goals made within the three-point line and the one point for each made free throw; the distance from the basket to the three-point line varies by competition level: in the National Basketball Association the arc is 23 feet 9 inches from the center of the basket. In the NBA and FIBA/WNBA, the three-point line becomes parallel to each sideline at the points where the arc is 3 feet from each sideline. In the NCAA the arc is continuous for 180° around the basket. There are more variations. In 3x3, a FIBA-sanctioned variant of the half-court 3-on-3 game, the same line exists, but shots from behind it are only worth 2 points with all other shots worth 1 point; the three-point line was first tested at the collegiate level in 1945, with a 21-foot line, in a game between Columbia and Fordham, but it was not kept as a rule.
There was another one-game experiment in 1958, this time with a 23-foot line, in a game between St. Francis and Siena. In 1961, Boston University and Dartmouth played one game with an experimental rule that counted all field goals as three points. At the direction of Abe Saperstein, the American Basketball League became the first basketball league to institute the rule in 1961, its three-point line was a radius of 25 feet from the baskets, except along the sides. The Eastern Professional Basketball League followed in its 1963–64 season; the three-point shot became popularized by the American Basketball Association, introduced in its inaugural 1967–68 season. ABA commissioner George Mikan stated the three-pointer "would give the smaller player a chance to score and open up the defense to make the game more enjoyable for the fans." During the 1970s, the ABA used the three-point shot, along with the slam dunk, as a marketing tool to compete with the NBA. Three years in June 1979, the NBA adopted the three-point line for a one-year trial for the 1979–80 season, despite the view of many that it was a gimmick.
Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics is credited with making the first three-point shot in NBA history on October 12, 1979. Rick Barry of the Houston Rockets, in his final season made one in the same game, Kevin Grevey of the Washington Bullets made one that Friday night as well; the sport's international governing body, FIBA, introduced the three-point line in 1984, at 6.25 m, it made its Olympic debut in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. The NCAA's Southern Conference became the first collegiate conference to use the three-point rule, adopting a 22-foot line for the 1980–81 season. Ronnie Carr of Western Carolina was the first to score a three-point field goal in college basketball history on November 29, 1980. Over the following five years, NCAA conferences differed in their use of the rule and distance required for a three-pointer; the line was as close as 17 ft 9 in in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as far away as 22 ft in the Big Sky. Used only in conference play for several years, it was adopted by the NCAA in April 1986 for the 1986–87 season at 19 ft 9 in and was first used in the NCAA Tournament in March 1987.
The NCAA adopted the three-pointer in women's basketball on an experimental basis for that season at the same distance, made its use mandatory beginning in 1987–88. In 2007, the NCAA lengthened the men's distance by a foot to 20 ft 9 in, effective with the 2008–09 season, the women's line was moved to match the men's in 2011–12. American high schools, along with elementary and middle schools, adopted a 19 ft 9 in line nationally in 1987, a year after the NCAA; the NCAA used the FIBA three-point line in the National Invitation Tournament in 2018. For three seasons beginning in 1994–95, the NBA attempted to address decreased scoring by shortening the distance of the line from 23 ft 9 in to a uniform 22 ft around the basket. From the 1997–98 season on, the NBA reverted the line to its original distance of 23 ft 9 in. Ray Allen is the NBA all-time leader in career made three-pointers with 2,973. In 2008, FIBA announced that the distance would be increased by 50 cm to 6.75 m, with the change being phased in beginning in October 2010.
In December 2012, the WNBA announced that it would be using the FIBA distance, starting in 2013. The NBA has discussed adding a four-point line, according to president Rod Thorn. In the NBA, three-point field goals became more frequent along the years by mid 2015 onward; the increase in latter years has been attributed to NBA player Stephen Curry, credited with revolutionizing the game by inspiring teams to employ the three-point shot as part of their winning strategy. The 1979–80 season had an average 0.8 three-point goals per game and 2.8 attempts. The 1989–90 season had an average 2.2 three-point goals per game and 6.6 attempts. The 1999–2000 season had an average 4.8 three-point goals