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She will undoubtedly go down as one of the most dominant centers in WNBA history. Known for her tough moves around the basket and tenacious rebounding, this Louisville, KY, native's playing career spanned two decades while her influence and community involvement is unmeasured.
As a key figure in the history of the WNBA and the Liberty, the 6-3 Hampton began her WNBA career against Los Angeles in the league's inaugural game on June 21, 1997 while also being the first person to score a basket in the league history. She went on to start every game for New York during the franchise's first three seasons. The Liberty's first-round pick in the WNBA Elite Draft in 1997, Hampton retired from the game on May 26, 2000 due to a chronic knee injury.
Hampton averaged 9.3 points per game during her WNBA career, pulling down an average of 5.8 rebounds, and led the Liberty to the WNBA Finals in 1997 and 1999. She grabbed her 500th career rebound during the 1999 regular season and was voted the Eastern Conference starting center for the Inaugural WNBA All-Star Game in 1999 at Madison Square Garden. In what has become an annual tradition, Hampton closes out each Liberty regular season by singing the National Anthem on Fan Appreciation Day.
The Arizona State graduate continues to pursue a music career while expanding her talents into plus size modeling and acting.