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Sophia Witherspoon | 13
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Position:  G
Born: 07/06/69
Height: 5-10 /  1,78
Weight: 145  lbs. / 65,8  kg.
College: Florida '91
Career Highlights
  • Ranked #3 in the WNBA in three point field goals
  • In her Sparks’ debut, played a season-high 21 minutes, scoring 14 points and tallied four assists and two steals in win over New York 5/25/02
  • In 19 minutes against her former team, the Portland Fire, scored a season-high 19 points along with two rebounds, and two steals 6/3/02
  • In a season-high tying 21 minutes against the Lynx, scored six points and added four rebounds and three assists 6/8/02
  • In six minutes off the bench, Witherspoon scored three points from beyond the arc, along with one rebound vs. New York 8/29/02
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  • BACKGROUND

    2000: Led the Fire with 16.8 ppg while averaging 3.3 rpg ... started all 32 games ... averaged 2.1 apg and 1.2 spg while also shooting .384 from the field, .368 from three-point range, and .871 from the free throw line ... ranked among the league leaders in scoring (12th), assists (T37th), minutes played (16th), steals (36th), free throw percentage (8th), three-point percentage (16th) and three-pointers made (4th) ... led the team in free throw percentage, ranked fourth in rebounds (105) and assists (68)... scored a career-high 31 points against Minnesota (7/2) and had a season-high seven rebounds twice... scored in double figures in all but five games and led the team in scoring in 19 times ... hit 19 straight free throws from 7/12-7/21 (four games) before missing her last free throw against Charlotte ... hit 23-25 from the free throw line to close out the season ... had 11 games of 20+ points ... had 23 games of 30+ minutes... left the game early in the second half of the season finale against Phoenix due to a sprained right ankle ... led the team with 163 three-point attempts and 456 field goal attempts.

    1999: Appeared in all 32 games, recording 23 starts and came off the bench in the teams' final nine games ... averaged 8.5 ppg on .396 from downtown and .359 from the field ... scored over 15 points five times ... led the Liberty in scoring three times and registered two 20+ point performances.

    1998: The Liberty's leading scorer for the second consecutive season ... started all 30 games, averaging 13.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.9 apg over 29.9 mpg ... shot .401 (144-359 FG) from the field, including .344 (33-96 3FG) from three-point range and .786 from the line (92-117 FT) ... led the team in scoring 13 times and notched a team-high four 20+ scoring games ... 1997 (New York Liberty): Led the team in scoring with 14.5 ppg on .404 shooting (140-345 FGA) while starting all 28 games... hit .349 (44-126) from three-point range... averaged 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.75 spg over 31.0 mpg ... led New York in scoring 13 times, and in 20+ scoring games with seven ... averaged 6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 2.5 apg over 32.5 mpg while starting both games of the 1997 playoffs.

    Professional Experience: 1998-99: Played in Hungary for Ferencvarosi ... 1997-98: Played professionally in Turkey (Galatasaray)... 1996-97: Averaged 25.3 points per game for Alcamo in Italy and was named a 1996-97 Italian All-Star ... 1995-96: Played professionally in Hungary (FTC Budapest) ... 1994-95: Played professionally in France (SPD Rouen) ... 1991-92: Played professionally in Switzerland (Providencia Nyon).

    College: All-SEC first team selection as a senior ... averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists during career ... did not play during her freshman season, but exploded out of the gates for Florida during her sophomore year, averaging 15.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 1.3 spg ... shot .416 from the floor and .622 from the free throw line ... made 5-of-9 from three-point range... had a solid junior campaign, averaging 15.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, and 1.8 spg... also shot .407 from the floor and .591 from the free throw line... in her senior season, averaged 18.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, and 2.4 spg en route to postseason conference honors ... shot .439 from the floor, .380 from three-point range, and .729 from the free throw line.


    PERSONAL

  • Earned a B.S. in Recreational Therapy from Florida
  • Took two seasons off from professional ball (1992-94) to be the assistant coach of the Hawthorne High School varsity team in Hawthorne, FL.
  • Has two brothers (Christopher, Lue), three sisters (Barbra, Laurel, Dora), and one half-sister (Judy)
  • Originally a Prop. 48 student, she feels her greatest achievement was earning her degree in four years
  • Her favorite sports team is the Dallas Cowboys
  • Speaks a little French
  • Enjoys singing and dreams of one day singing the national anthem before a gold medal basketball game at the Olympics
  • Her favorite foods are chicken and spaghetti
  • Sophia's favorite movie is “Boomerang”
  • Wears a size 9-9.5 men's shoe



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