Waco, Texas(March 3, 2020) — Former New York Liberty point guard Teresa Weatherspoon will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco on March 28.
A native from Pineland, Texas, Weatherspoon was a two time Kodak All American and Wade Trophy winner who led Louisiana Tech (1984-1988) to the 1988 NCAA women’s basketball title. In the championship game, Auburn led 31-15 at half behind Ruthie Bolton’s 16 points but Weatherspoon held her scoreless in the second half to help clinch a 56-54 victory for Louisiana Tech.
One of the greatest players in WNBA history, Weatherspoon was an original member of the league in 1997. The five time WNBA All Star started 220 straight games for the New York Liberty and led the team to three WNBA Championship appearances. During game 2 of the 1999 WNBA finals “Spoon” made “The Shot”, a 50 foot 3 pointer to beat the Houston Comets and tie the series at 1-1.
She retired as the Liberty’s all time leader in assists (1,338) and steals (465). Weatherspoon was also a two time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (1997 & 1998) . She won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics. Today, Teresa is an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans.
She is a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2010), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2019) and was named one of the Top 15 Players in WNBA history.
Weatherspoon will be one of the seven inductees honored at the Texas Sports Hall of fame on March 28. She will be joined by Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Robert Griffin III, former Houston Texan punter Shane Lechler, International soccer star Clint Dempsey, Olympic medalist Michelle Carter, Former Texas Ranger baseman Adrian Beltre and five time US Olympian runner Francie Larrieu Smith.
The class of 2020 Inductees will be honored on Saturday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center. Before the banquet, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame will host a reception at 4 p.m. Combination Reception and Banquet tickets can be purchased for $200 each or $1,400 for a reserved table of eight. Tickets for the banquet only can be purchased for $75 each or $600 for a reserved table of eight. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 800-567-9561.
About the Texas Sports Hall of Fame:
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Waco, Texas, chronicles the heroes and legends of the Lone Star State sports at all levels, including high school standouts, Olympians and professionals. Established in 1993, the organization’s mission is to preserve the legacies of all inductees and the history of sports in Texas to educate and inspire guests of all ages. Home to nearly 400 Texas Legends, the museum houses Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame and Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. For more information, please visit http://www.tshof.org/.
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