Lisa Leslie continued to set and break records during her WNBA career

By: Max Smith  |   | 

Lisa Leslie played 120 games during her college years and set the Pac-10 Conference (now called Pac-12 Conference) records for scoring (2,414 points) rebounding (1,214 boards) and blocked shots (321). At USC, she also holds the record for accumulating 95 blocked shots in a single season.

The first player in the Pac-10 history to play in the first team in entire college career, Lisa received the honor of All-Pac-10 in all four years. Other than this, she received Rookie of the Year Award 1991, National Freshman of the Year Award 1991, National Player of the Year 1994, and All-American Honors for three consecutive years from 1992.

WNBA was founded in 1996 and it began playing a year later. Lisa played in WNBA for the first time on 22 January 1997 after she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks. However, it was not until 2001 that the team won the WNBA title and Lisa received the title of Sportswoman of the Year.

Lisa became the first person to dunk in WNBA on 30 July 2002. In the same year, she also became the first WNBA player to reach the milestone of over 3,000 career points. Los Angeles Sparks won the WNBA championship in 2002 as well.

Continuing to fascinate the viewers with her uncommon and unbeatable skills, Lisa broke records after records. She was the first player to reach 4,000 career points, 6,000 career points, 10,000 career PRA (points + rebounds + assists). She is the first WNBA player to dunk in an all-star game in 2005. She has appeared in four consecutive Olympic Games and has won four gold medals, setting the record to be the second female basketball player to win that many medals.

No wonder, Lisa has achieved so much from her basketball career. It’s not just records and gold medals that she is known for but some fierce rivalry. She had quite a beef with Lauren Jackson, an opponent from the Australian national team who ripped off her hair extensions during a game in 2000 Olympic. Later, in 2008, Leslie flaunted her gold medals from her previous victories on the award distribution ceremony where she was to receive a new one for her team’s victory against the Australian team. The act was frowned upon by the opponent as an act of poor sportsmanship.

Lisa ended her career a year later and made an official announcement of her retirement on 4 February 2009. By the end of her career, Lisa held 6,263 points, 3,307 rebounds, and 10,444 PRA.

After retiring from basketball, she has become a sports analyst and commentator for major TV networks. She has started modeling and acting, as a part of which she has been featured in various commercials and magazines like Vogue, Newsweek, etc. She is also a motivational speaker and has released an autobiography Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You.

She has collected a net worth of $5 million till date.


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