Some famous women's basketball players include Carol Blazejowski, Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Lisa Leslie. All were considered elite during their respective eras and are widely considered among the best ever to play the women's game.Continue Reading
Carol Blazejowski had a stellar career at Montclair State from 1974 to 1978, where she averaged 38.6 points per game in a single season and was named College Player of the Year. Known for her ability to shoot from anywhere on the floor, Blazejowski led Team USA to a World Championship in 1979 and was named MVP of the Women's Basketball League in the 1980-81 season.
The sister of NBA standout Reggie Miller, Cheryl Miller helped USC to the NCAA championships in 1983 and 1984. She was a three-time College Player of the Year. She also led the United States to a 1984 Olympics gold medal before injuries derailed her professional career in the late 1980s.
A teammate of Miller while at USC, Cynthia Cooper was also instrumental in the Trojans' two championships and helped Team USA to attain gold and bronze medals in 1988 and 1992, respectively. The guard averaged 36.7 points per game for her team in the Spanish league before then leading the Italian league in scoring eight times in nine seasons. Cooper took the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA titles and was voted MVP of the Finals each year.
Following a record-setting career at Texas Tech, where she led the Lady Red Raiders to the 1993 NCAA Championship with 47 points in the title game, Sheryl Swoopes won Gold Medals in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. Swoopes was the WNBA's first three-time MVP and the first women's team player to have a Nike shoe named after her.
A 6-foot-5-inch center, Lisa Leslie is a four-time Olympic Gold Medalist. At USC, she was named College Player of the Year in 1994. She took the Los Angeles Sparks to WNBA titles in 2001 and 2002. Known for her leaping ability, Leslie reportedly first dunked a basketball her sophomore year in high school and was the first player ever to dunk in a WNBA game.Learn more about Athletes