Former Lady Texan standout Sheryl Swoopes will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday after a career of excellence and dominance at nearly every level of the game.
Swoopes was a two-time All-American and All-Region selection for the Lady Texans during her two years in Levelland. She finished with a career 1,381 points (25.6 ppg), and still holds 11 school records to date. During the 1989-1990 season, Swoopes led South Plains to a 27-9 record and a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA national tournament, while also earning All-Tournament honors.
Following her time in Levelland, the Brownfield native went on to play for Texas Tech University under Hall of Fame coach Marsha Sharp. Swoopes continued her success for the Lady Raiders, leading them to their first-ever NCAA National Championship in 1993. Swoopes was named the consensus national player of the year that season after averaging 28.1 points per game. She went on to set 30 different NCAA women's basketball records, including four Final Four records and four NCAA championship records.
Following her illustrious career in Lubbock, Swoopes moved on to play for the Houston Comets of the WNBA. Swoopes was named most valuable player three times, was a two-time scoring champion, six-time all-star, and led the Comets to four WNBA championships.
Swoopes will join the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming when she is inducted on Friday night, putting her amongst some of the greatest athletes to every touch the hardwood. She will forever be remembered as one of the greatest to ever play the game, who began her career and her journey in the small town of Levelland, Texas.