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Tina Thompson

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CAREER:
Two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008)
Four-time WNBA Champion (Houston 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
Three-time WNBA All-First Team (1997, 1998, 2004)
Four-time WNBA All-Second Team (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
WNBA-record nine-time WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013)
WNBA All-Decade Team (2006)
Named one of the 15 greatest players in WNBA history during the league’s 15th anniversary celebration in 2011
Selected No. 1 by the Houston Comets in the inaugural WNBA Draft
Passed former teammate Lisa Leslie to become the WNBA's all-time leading scorer on Aug. 8, 2010
Won the league's first four championships with the Comets
Gave birth to son Dyllan in 2005
Became the second player in WNBA history to record 6,000 career points on June 18, 2010
Became WNBA’s all-time leading scorer when she surpassed Lisa Leslie's career total of 6,263 points during a 23-point outing on Aug. 9, 2010 vs. San Antonio
Became the first player in WNBA history to reach 7,000 career points on September 18, 2012
Became the third player in WNBA history with 3,000 career rebounds on August 17, 2013
With the 3,000 rebound milestone, Thompson became the first player in WNBA history to register both 7,000 career points and 3,000 rebounds
Announced her retirement from the WNBA on May 31, 2013, effective at the end of the 2013 season
Retired as the only player to play in the first 17 seasons of the WNBA’s existence

2013:
One of three Storm players to start every game (Camille Little, Tanisha Wright)
Averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game in her final season
Set a new WNBA record in games played when she stepped on the court Sunday, May 26 in Los Angeles and finished her career with 496 games played
Retires as the WNBA all-time leader in career points (7,488), games started (470), games played (496) and second in career rebounds (3,070)
Scored a season-high 30 points vs. Washington on June 18, 2013, seven points shy of her career-high
Invited to her WNBA-record ninth All-Star game on July 25, replacing an injured Brittney Griner
Recorded her 3,000th career rebound on Aug. 17, 2013, becoming the first player to have 7,000 career points and 3,000 career rebounds
Scored a game-high 27 points and a personal-best 13 rebounds as Seattle held off San Antonio 72-71 Aug. 27 on the road – it would stand as Thompson’s team-leading fifth double-double of the season
Two days later, Thompson tied a game-high with 18 points and led all players in rebounds with nine as the Storm defeated the Sun, 78-65
Named the Western Conference Player of the Week on July 29 and Sept. 3, finishing her career with eight career Player of the Week honors
After being pulled in the last minute from her final regular-season game on Sept. 14, play stopped for over five minutes as her teammates, the opposing team, the crowd, and even referees took the opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate Thompson. Seattle went on to win, 85-73.

2012:
With 10 points against San Antonio (6/22/12), reached double figures for the fifth time in as many games
Scored a season high 20 points starting at center against the Sun (7/1)
With her score at the 9:03 mark of the second quarter against Chicago Sept. 18, became the first player in WNBA history to reach 7,000 career points
Scored in double figures 14 times on the season
2012 Averages: 8.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.76 bpg, 19.0 mpg in 29 games played
2012 Playoff Averages: 7.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 16.7 mpg in 3 games played.

2011:
Averaged 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists while playing in all 34 games, starting 33
Her 20 double-digit scoring efforts were the most among all Sparks
Eclipsed 6,500 career points on June 26 against New York
Registered 14 points and made a key block with 18.9 seconds left to ensure win over Liberty in WNBA's 15th Anniversary Game on July 24
Totaled a season-high 21 points plus nine boards in a June 10 win over Phoenix
Named one of the Top-15 WNBA Players of All-Time during a July 23 ceremony at the All-Star Game in San Antonio

2010:
Surpassed Lisa Leslie's career total of 6,263 points during a 23-point outing on Aug. 9 vs. San Antonio to become the WNBA's all-time scoring leader
Record came on a 16-footer with 5:01 left in the third quarter
Ranked ninth in the WNBA in points per game (16.6), total points (548.0), free throw percentage (0.90) and three-point field goals made (57.0)
Became the second player in WNBA history to record 6,000 career points on June 18

2009:
Competed in her ninth WNBA All-Star Game
Played and started in all 34 regular season Sparks games
Averaged 13.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game

2008:
Became just the second player in history to reach the 5,000 point milestone
Ranked seventh in points per game (17.6) with 511 total points and tenth in rebounds per game (7.0) with 203 total rebounds
Earned her second gold medal while representing the United States at the Summer Olympics in Beijing

2007:
Named second team All-WNBA, and played in the All-Star Game
Ranked third in total points (617) and sixth in points per game (18.7)
Ranked eighth in rebounds per game (6.7) and total rebounds (222)

2006:
Named to the WNBA All-Decade Team
Tallied her 4,000th career point
Ranked seventh in points per game (18.7) in 21 games played
Averaged 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game
Western Conference All-Star

2005:
Thompson averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 15 games played
Missed the beginning of the season after giving birth to her son Dyllan in May

2004:
Thompson was named First Team All-WNBA
Ranked second in points per game (20.0) and sixth in total points (520)
Averaged 6.2 rebounds per game and had 154 total rebounds
Earned a gold medal while representing the United States at the Summer Olympics in Athens, and played for Team USA in the 2004 WNBA All-Star Game

2003:
Thompson become the second player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 point milestone
Ranked sixth in points per game (16.9) and eighth in total points (472)
Averaged 5.9 rebounds per game in 28 games played
Earned fifth consecutive All-Star Game starting nod

2002:
Named Second Team All-WNBA and voted as an All-Star Game starter
Ranked seventh in points per game (16.7) and had 485 total points
Ranked sixth in rebounds per game (7.5) and had 217 total rebounds

2001:
Named Second Team All-WNBA and voted as an All-Star Game starter
Ranked third in points per game (19.3) and fourth in total points (579)
Ranked sixth in rebounds per game (7.8) and ninth in total rebounds (233)

2000:
Named Second Team All-WNBA and a starter in the All-Star Game
Ranked fifth in rebounds per game (7.7) and total rebounds (245)
Ranked sixth in points per game (17.7) and seventh in total points (550)

1999:
Named Second Team All-WNBA and Western Conference starter in the inaugural All-Star Game
Averaged 12.2 points, 6.4 rebounds
Ranked ninth in total blocks (32) and tenth in blocks per game (1)

1998:
Named First Team All-WNBA
Ranked sixth in rebounds per game (7.1) and seventh in total rebounds (192)
Ranked eighth in blocks per game (.93) and total blocks (25)
Averaged 12.7 points per game

1997:
Thompson was the first draft pick in WNBA history
Named First Team All-WNBA
Ranked fifth in total blocks (28) and sixth in blocks per game (1.0)
Finished seventh in rebounds per game (6.6) and total rebounds (184)
Ranked ninth in points per game (13.2) and total points (370)

COLLEGE:
Attended the University of Southern California
A three-time All-Pac 10 selection at USC, Thompson was a second-team All-American as a senior in 1997
Finished fifth on the school's career lists in scoring (2,248 points) and rebounding (1,168), and helped USC to three NCAA tournaments and one Elite Eight appearance, the latter as a freshman in 1994

Personal

Full name is Tina Marie Thompson
Born on February 10, 1975, in Los Angeles, California
Has a son, Dyllan
Her older brother, Tommy Thompson, Jr. got her started in basketball when she was nine and she followed him to the local recreation center to play
Has several game-day superstitions, including taking a shower after shootaround, taking a 45-minute nap, wearing lipstick to play every game and dressing in a specific order
Attended the same high school (Inglewood’s Morningside) as former Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie.

Career Transactions

Selected by Houston in the first round (first overall) of the 1997 WNBA Draft
Signed by the Los Angeles Sparks as a free agent on March 12, 2009
Signed by the Seattle Storm as a free agent on Feb. 27, 2012