Cappie Pondexter and Teresa Weatherspoon Named to the WNBA Top 15 Players of All Time List
NEW YORK, NY - July 23, 2011 - In celebration of the WNBA's 15th season, the league officially unveiled and honored its Top 15 Players of All Time during a special halftime ceremony at today's 2011 WNBA All-Star Game in San Antonio. New York Liberty's Cappie Pondexter and Liberty legend Teresa Weatherspoon were both named one of the Top 15 Players. Former Liberty player Becky Hammon (1999-2006), currently on the San Antonio Silver Stars, was also named to the list.
A panel comprised of media members and basketball experts selected the 30-nominee ballot, giving consideration to such factors as on-court performance and ability, leadership, sportsmanship, and community service, as well as to contributions to team success and the overall growth of women's basketball. Voting for the league's Top 15 Players of All Time began on June 23 and was conducted among fans, who voted on WNBA.com, by select national and WNBA-market media, and by current players and coaches. The league weighted each of three voting groups to account for an equal percentage of the total vote.
Currently in her sixth season, and second with the Liberty, Pondexter continues to make a name for herself in the WNBA. This season she is currently ranked in the top ten in the league in scoring (17.3 ppg), assists (4.9 apg) and steals (1.6 spg). In the 2010 season, the former Rutgers standout scored a career high 40 points in a game and ranked first in the league in points (729.0), field goals made (254.0) and minutes played (1167.0), and second in points per game (21.4). In Pondexter's six seasons with the WNBA, the two-time WNBA champion and four-time All-Star, has received 12 Player of the Week honors, which ranks fourth all time, along with WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player recognition in 2007 and was nominated for a 2011 ESPY Award in the "Best WNBA Player" category.
Weatherspoon, better known as "T-Spoon", began her professional basketball career with the New York Liberty in the WNBA's inaugural season in 1997 and made significant contributions to the Liberty and the WNBA in her seven seasons with the league (1997-2004). Currently ranked No. 2 all time in career assists (1,338), the two-time Defensive Player of the Year appeared in four WNBA finals (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002) and was voted a starter for all four All-Star Games she played in (1999, 2000, 2001, & 2002). Additionally, Weatherspoon was voted All-WNBA Second Team four times in her career (1999, 2000, 2001, & 2002) and was recently inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010. Weatherspoon is currently the head women's basketball coach at Louisiana Tech.