Led the league with 6.1 apg during the inaugural 1997 season
One of five players in the WNBA who has played in every game since the 1997 inception (186)
Became the first player in WNBA history to record 1,000 assists versus Detroit on 6/5/02 and is now the only player with 1,000 points and 1,000 assists
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2002: Started all 32 games … One of five players to play in every game in the six-year history of the WNBA … Averaged 5.7 apg, 3.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.3 spg … All-Time WNBA assist and steal leader … Dished out double-digit assists four times, including season-high 12 at Sacramento on June 13 … Finished first on team in assists (181) … Scored season-high 10 points versus Cleveland on July 22 … Recorded 1,000th career assist vs. Detroit on June 5, becoming first WNBA player to register both 1,000 points and assists in a career … Collected five or more assists 20 times … Grabbed season-high seven rebounds, twice … Ranked in WNBA Top 10 in four categories; 2nd in assists per 40 minutes (7.6), 3rd in assists per game (5.7) and total assists (181) and 6th in assists per turnover (2.32) … ALL-STAR: Named to 2002 WNBA Eastern Conference All-Star team for her fourth consecutive year … Fourth consecutive start … Finished with four points, two assists, two steals and two rebounds in 21 minutes … Season Highs: Points – 10 versus Cleveland on July 22; Rebounds – 7, twice (vs. Miami, August 2); Assists – 12 at Sacramento on June 13; Steals – 4 at Indiana on July 19; FGM – 4 vs. Cleveland on June 28; FGA – 8 vs. Cleveland on June 28; 3FGM – 1, twice (vs. Los Angeles, July 18); 3FGA – 2, three times (vs. Los Angeles, July 18); FTM – 6 vs. Cleveland on July 22; FTA – 6, three times (vs. Cleveland, July 22); Minutes – 42 at Sacramento on June 13 …. … In the Playoffs: Averaged 6.6 ppg, 6.6 apg and 5.8 rpg … Shot .475 (19/40) from the floor and .833 (15/18) from the charity stripe … Recorded playoff career-high 12 assists in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals … Scored 11 points in game three of conference finals … Tied playoff career-high with seven rebounds in game one the WNBA Finals.
2001: The all-time assist artist in WNBA history posted another solid year in the Big Apple…Over 32 games (all starts), averaged 6.5 ppg, 6.3 apg and 1.72 spg over 30.4 mpg in her 5th WNBA season…Shot .431 from the field (72-167 FGA), .671 from the line (53-79 FTA) and went 10-26 (.385) from Downtown…Iron Horse: Started all 32 games during the 2001 campaign, maintaining her status as one of only three players to start in every one her team’s games in the five-year history of the WNBA (Andrea Stinson and Vicky Bullett). Second in the WNBA in assists per game (6.3) and 12th in steals per game (1.72) during 2001…Had nine 8+ assist games; 8 games with 3 or more steals…Season Highs: Points: 16 at Washington, June 10; Assists: 10 vs. Detroit, Aug 1; Rebounds: 10 vs. Seattle, July 11…Solidified position in first place on the WNBA’s all-time assist list (976 career assists); led the league in total assists during the 2001 season (203)…Had seven double-figure scoring games. The Liberty went 6-1 in those games…Had one double-figure assist game (10) and one double-figure rebounding game (10)…Led Liberty in assists 29 times; rebounds four times; and points twice…All-Star Stuff: For the third straight year, Teresa was voted to start at guard for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. She dished out two assists with three steals in 15 scoreless minutes at WNBA All-Star 2001 in Orlando…Poured in a season-high 16 points (7-13 FGA, 1-1 FTA, 1-1 from Downtown) with four assists and four rebounds over 32 minutes in winning effort at Washington, June 10…On June 24, came close to her first career triple-double in win over the Sparks at The Garden. Teresa scored eight points, handed out eight assists and pulled down seven rebounds. Filled out her stat line with two steals and a block…In a victory over Seattle on July 11th, Spoon grabbed 10 boards, one shy of tying her career-high…Dished out her only double-digit assist game of the 2001 campaign, serving up 10 assists in a victory over Detroit, Aug 1. In addition, Teresa showed her scoring prowess as she scored her 1,000th career point for the Liberty on this night (8 points)…She added 6 rebounds and two steals over a season-high 37 minutes. PLAYOFFS: Started all six Playoff games and averaged 3.8 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.7 rpg and .211 shooting (8-38 FGA) over 33 mpg…Had one double-figure scoring game (10 points in Game One victory over Charlotte in Eastern Conference Finals)…Had seven assists and seven rebounds over 37 minutes (All Playoff-highs) in Game One victory against Miami in first-round Playoff series…Had seven steals in the six Playoff games (1.17 spg, 17th on WNBA Playoff leader board)…First on WNBA all-time Playoff list with 132 assists; second in steals with 36 (trailing only Sheryl Swoopes, 40).
2000: Further established herself as one of the premiere guards in the WNBA…Voted by the fans to start at point guard for the Eastern Conference squad in the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game…Started all 32 games for the Liberty and was one of only three WNBA players to start every game over the league’s first four seasons…Led the Liberty in assists (6.4 apg.), steals (2.03 spg.) and minutes played (33.7 mpg.)…Also averaged 6.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg…Shot 67-153 (.438) from the field, 11-44 (.250) from Downtown and 60-81 (.741) from the charity stripe…Led the team in assists 27 times and in scoring once…Posted one double-double during the 2001 season, scoring 11 points and dishing out 12 assists in the season-opener on May 29 at Houston…Hit double-figures in scoring on nine occasions, registering a season-high of 14 points on June 13 vs. Washington and July 20 at Los Angeles…Grabbed a season-high six steals on August 8 vs. Cleveland…Handed out 12 assists vs. Indiana, June 30; 10, July 1 at Orlando…All-Star Stuff: Scored two points, handed out three assists and had three steals at the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, July 17…2000 WNBA PLAYOFFS: Handed out a team-best 7.0 apg, to go along with 2.7 steals per game…Dished out a game-high 10 assists in Game 2 of New York’s opening round playoff series vs. Washington…Tallied nine assists on two occasions during the playoffs.
1999: New York’s vocal and inspirational leader, started all 32 games, averaging 7.2 ppg, 6.4 apg and 2.4 spg over 33.9 mpg…Shot .421 from the field (80-190 FGA), .679 (38-56 FTA) from the free-throw line and .378 (31-82) from Downtown…Paced the team in assists and steals, finishing second in the WNBA in each category…Led the team in scoring three times, rebounding twice, and assists 27 times...Recorded 10+ assists in five games…Notched one double-double on the year…Notched her 500th career assist vs. Charlotte on July 30, and her 250th career steal, August 13 in Detroit…Was voted the starting point guard for the Inaugural WNBA All-Star Game…1999 WNBA PLAYOFFS: Hit a 60-foot shot as time expired in game two of the WNBA Championship lifting New York, 68-67, and forcing a Game Three against Houston…Averaged 8.5 ppg, 7.5 apg and 3.5 rpg during six starts in the WNBA Playoffs.
1998: Started all 30 games, averaging 6.8 ppg, 6.4 apg, 4.0 rpg and a league leading 3.3 steals per game…Shot .388 from the field (73-188 FGA)…Led the Liberty in assists 29 times, rebounding five times and scoring three times…Garnered her second WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award…Second-Team All-WNBA honors…Led the WNBA in steals for the second consecutive season and was tied for second in assists.
1997: Named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, while earning All-WNBA Second Team honors…Led the league in both assists (6.1 apg) and steals (3.04 spg)…Started all 28 regular season contests, averaging 7.0 ppg, and 4.1 rpg over 33.0 mpg…Shot .467 (64-137) from the field and .650 (65-100) from the line…Led the team in assists 23 times and recorded two double-doubles on the season…1997 WNBA PLAYOFFS: Started both games, leading the team in minutes (37.5 mpg)…Averaged 5.0 ppg, 5.0 apg and 2.0 apg during the postseason...Shot .500 (5-10) from the field.
COLLEGE: Louisiana Lady Techsters’ career leader in steals (411) and assists (958)…Also scored 1,087 career points and grabbed 533 rebounds…Made two trips to the NCAA Finals…Named to 1987 and 1988 All-Final Four teams…Won NCAA championship in 1988…Kodak All-America, 1987 and 1988…Also in 1988, was Louisiana State Player of the Year, Broderick Cup Winner and Wade Trophy Winner…Named to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Team of the Decade (1980’s)…Majored in health and physical education.
Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon
Nickname is “Spoon”
Wears No. 11 in memory of her favorite uncle who passed away when she was 11 years old
Participated in the 1998 WNBA Brazil Tour
Was a member of the 1997 WNBA Touring Team, which played exhibition games in Germany and Italy
Was named a recipient of “The Best of New York Award” by New York magazine for making New York City “special"
Was on the New York Daily News float during the 1997 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Grew up in Pineland, Texas which has a population of 882
Proudest moment was receiving the Wade Trophy after LA Tech Coach Leon Barmore “pushed me to be the best that I could"
In spare time, likes to play tennis, go bowling, and read
Has two brothers (Charles Jr. and Michael) and three sisters (Diana, Carolyn, and Denise)
Father, Charles Sr., played minor league baseball for the Minnesota Twins
Mother Rowena was an undefeated champion drum majorette in Roanoke, Va.,
In offseason, works at basketball camps
People would be surprised to know that her best sport isn’t basketball, but baseball
Would love to play for the Colorado Silver Bullets
Worked two summers with Harlem Globetrotter Coach Hubert “Geese” Ausbie and his anti-drug crusade
Loves to work with children and works closely with the Women’s Sports Foundation
Won gold (1988) and bronze (1992) as a member of the U.S. Olympic Teams
Won three more gold medals in the 1986 World Championship and Goodwill Games and at the 1987 World University Games.