Top 15 Voting: Ticha Penicheiro

Ticha Penicheiro is the all-time leader in assists and steals
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In Brief

  • All-Time Leader in Assists
  • All-Time Leader in Steals
  • Four-Time All-Star
  • WNBA Champion (2005)

    An Honorable Mention selection to the WNBA�s All-Decade Team in 2006, Penicheiro has only added to her resume since then. She entered 2011 as the league�s all-time leader in both assists (2,398) and steals (728) and ranked third in games played (401) and fifth in minutes played (11,748). After 12 seasons with the Sacramento Monarchs, Penicheiro joined the Los Angeles Sparks in 2010 and once again led the league in assists (6.8 per game). The second overall pick in the 1998 Draft out of Old Dominion, Penicheiro made nine trips to the playoffs with Sacramento, reaching the WNBA Finals in 2005 and 2006 and helping the Monarchs to the �05 WNBA title. She has played in the WNBA All-Star Game four times.

    What They're Saying

    "A perennial all-star in the backcourt and member of the foreign legion of WNBA stars in terms of her Portuguese homeland, Ticha is another who has been one of the top names in the league all along the way not far from the inaugural season. She along with center Yolanda Griffith made Sacramento a contender almost every season."

    -- Mel Greenberg, Woman Hoops Guru

    "A true artist with the passing game, underrated defender."

    -- Mechelle Voepel, ESPN

    "Penicheiro has a gift for making difficult plays look like child�s play. Some of the passes she�s made over the years still baffle me. How was she able to see through all that traffic? How did she know that player was going to be there? I�ve said it before, but Penicheiro is a player I�d pay to watch play anytime."

    -- Ben York, SLAM Magazine