After a two-year hiatus from the WNBA, Swoopes returned to the league at the age of 40 when she signed with the Tulsa Shock in March of 2011.
“The only reason why I’m doing it is because I still love the game,” Swoopes said at the time. “To be given an opportunity to come back and kind of leave on the right note, or just to be a part of it again, is something I’m excited about.”
During the 2011 All-Star Game, Swoopes was voted as one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time as part of a celebration of the league’s 15th season.
Swoopes started 28 of 33 games that season and averaged 8.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.8 steals in 26.6 minutes per game. However, the Shock struggled all season long, finishing last in the Western Conference in Swoopes’ final WNBA season.
Swoopes finished her career with 4,875 points (15th all-time), 1,596 rebounds (32nd all-time), 1,037 assists (18th all-time), 657 steals (3rd all-time) and 216 blocks (26th all-time). She ranks 16th all-time in field goals made (1,828), 40th in 3-pointers made (270) and 22nd in free throws made (949).
In 324 regular season games, she averaged 15.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.7 blocks. In 35 playoff games, she averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks.
Post WNBA Career (2013-2016)
In 2013, Swoopes became the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Loyola University Chicago, where she completed her third year at the helm this March.
In 2014, Swoopes’ son Jordan committed to play basketball at his mother’s alma mater, Texas Tech. He appeared in 23 games for the Red Raiders as a true freshman season in 2015-16.
In 2016, Swoopes was named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016. On April 4, it was announced that she will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame during festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, in September.