Haixia Zheng

Position: Center
Height/Weight: 6-8/254
Born: 03/07/67 (Tuocheng, Shangqui County, Henan Province, China)
College: N/A

8.9 ppg | 4.38 rpg | 0.6 apg

Complete WNBA Statistics

1997LAS282119.9.618.000.6611.10 3.304.

1997LAS557 110-17839-5932911231711204677259
1998LAS98 20-325-78182630161145

WNBA Notes

Transactions: Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks in the second round (16th overall) in the WNBA Elite Draft, Feb. 27, 1997.

1998 WNBA Season
Played in six games, starting in two ... Ranked fourth on the Sparks in rebounding (4.3) and fifth in scoring (7.5).

1997 WNBA Season
Named the winner of the 1997 WNBA Sportsmanship Award ... Named the WNBA's first Bud Light Shooting Champion for being the most accurate shooter in the league, shooting .618 from the field ... Ranked second on the Sparks in rebounding (4.4) and fourth in scoring (9.3) ... Ranked ninth in the league in blocked shots with .71 per game ... Led the Sparks in scoring three times ... Scored a game and season-high 28 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in 29 minutes of a 93-73 win over the Sacramento on 6/27 ... Played in all 28 games, starting in 21.


Chinese National Team Experience: Represented China at the 1998 FIBA Women's World Championships ... Spent the 1997-98 offseason competing for her August First team that won the Chinese National Championships ... The team began play in September, a few short days after the end of the 1997 WNBA season ... Played in her fourth Olympic Games for the Chinese team in Atlanta in 1996 ... Averaged 18.1 points, nine rebounds and shot .581 from the field ... Played against Sparks teammates Lisa Leslie and Mwadi Mabika ... In 1995, led China to a gold medal at the 16th Asian Championships with 19.5 points and 10.1 rebounds ... August First team won 1997 and 1995 national championships ... In 1994, led the Chinese National Team to first place at the Asian Championships ... Chinese team also won silver medal at the 1994 World Championship in Australia ... Named MVP of the 1994 World Championship by averaging 26.4 points, 13.1 rebounds and shooting .835 from the field ... In 1993, helped the Chinese National Team win the gold medal at the first East Asian Games and the World University Games ... Repeated as gold medalist at China's seventh National Games with the August First team ... In 1992, played in third Olympic Games in Barcelona in which China won the silver ... In 1991, named MVP of the Asian Championship after Chinese National Team won ... In 1990, member of the silver medal-winning team at the Asian Games ... In 1989, set a scoring record when she burned the Soviet team for 67 points at an invitational game ... Played in her second Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul where China finished ninth ... In 1984, became the youngest and tallest Chinese women's player to medal during the Chinese Olympic team debut in Los Angeles ... Joined China's national youth team in 1982 and joined the senior team in 1993 ... In 1980, was selected by the Wuhan Army club team at age 13.

Personal: Name is pronounced Hi-Shaw Jheng ... Was pleasantly surprised to receive several standing ovations and the tremendous fan support in the WNBA ... Friends and fans often shouted "How Cho," which means "good shot" in Mandarin ... Considers basketball to be the most elegant of sports ... Wears shoe size 18 ... Was listed as one of the top 45 athletes in the history of new China ... Was the first Chinese player in the WNBA ... Parents are the biggest influence in her life, credits them for her integrity, kindness and perseverence ... Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan because of his dedication to perfection and improvement and because he is a great person and basketball player ... Will always be a kid at heart ... Used to spend seven hours per day training in China, plus extra hours on the weekends ... Has always dreamed of being a successful player admired by fans and peers ... Hopes fans will not forget her ... Says that being the first Asian player to win MVP award at 1994 World Championships was "quite a special moment for a poor farmer's little girl" ... Believes her height and physical strength are her biggest on-court advantages ... Says that Americans stress individuality in games and training more than the Chinese do ... Cites winning the WNBA Sportsmanship Award and the Bud Light Shooting Champion Award as two of the most important awards in her career ... Communicates with teammates through hand signals, body movements and the "on-court feeling" ... Considers teammate Lisa Leslie a "perfect woman and wonderful example for young people" ... When her basketball career is over, hopes to coach and to start a basketball school for children.

Quotable Haixia: "Never stop pursuing your dreams. There is not a finish line in your career or the success you can get from it. It's just like studying, if you want to be successful, you should never stop making efforts to learn more."