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Tina Thompson

Basketball

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Position: Forward 
Height: 6-2 / 189 cm
Weight: 178 lbs. / 81 kg
Born: Feb. 10, 1975 in Los Angeles, Calif.
WNBA: Houston Comets 
College: University of Southern California ‘97

USA Basketball Notes

Gold Medals: 2007 FIBA Americas Championship (Olympic qualifier), 2004 & 2008 Olympic Games, 2006 Opals World Challenge, 1996 R. William Jones Cup.
Silver Medal: 1995 World University Games.
Bronze Medal:  2006 FIBA World Championship.
Honors: Named to the 2006 Opals World Challenge All-Tournament Team.

  • Named to the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team on May 31, 2008.
  • Member of the 2007 USA FIBA Americas Championship Team that competed in Valdivia, Chile, posted an unblemished 5-0 slate, captured the gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2008 Olympic Games; tied with Candace Parker as the team's leading scorer with a 13.8 ppg. average, also grabbed 4.6 rpg.
  • Averaged 15.0 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. in helping the U.S. collect a pair of exhibition victories over Australia prior to the FIBA Americas Championship.
  • Named to the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's National Team on March 6, 2007.
  • Attended part of the USA's 2007 Tour of Italy training camp, but was unable to compete due to her team's EuroLeague schedule.
  • Member of the 2006 USA World Championship Team that posted an 8-1 record in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and took home the bronze medal; started all nine contests and led the U.S. in scoring (14.4 ppg.) and ranked third in rebounds (5.8 rpg.).
  • Aided the U.S. to a 56-49 exhibition victory over eventual World Championship gold medalist Australia, had team-highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds, tied for team-high honors with three blocked shots.
  • Member of the 2006 USA Basketball Senior National Team that won the Australia-hosted 2006 Opals World Challenge and finished with a 4-1 slate; started all five games and averaged a team second best 17.0 ppg. and a team high of 8.6 rpg., while shooting 52.3 percent (34-65 FGs) from the field. Scored in double digits in all five games and had three double-doubles, including a 20-point, 11-rebound performance in the final game against Australia.
  • Finished the tournament ranked third among the four-team field for scoring, first for rebounds and sixth for field goal percentage.
  • A member of the 2004 U.S. Women's Olympic Team that posted a perfect 8-0 record en route to the gold medal in Athens, started all eight games and averaged a team second best 14.2 ppg. and added 5.0 rpg.
  • Capped the Olympics as the USA's leading scorer in the 66-62 semifinal victory over Russia with 14 points and 18 against Australia in the gold medal game.
  • As a member of the 2004 USA Senior National Team, started all 13 of the team's spring exhibition games and was the USA's second leading scorer, averaged 16.5 ppg., and grabbed 5.8 rpg. in the squad's 13-0 run.
  • Listed as an alternate for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team and named to both the 1998 and 2002 USA World Championship teams, but was injured and unable to compete.
  • As a member of the 1998 USA World Championship Team, injured her knee during the USA's pre-Worlds training and was forced to withdraw. Prior to being injured, helped the U.S. squad to a 6-1 pre-World Championship record and averaged 6.1 ppg. and 4.6 rpg.
  • Participated in the USA's 1999 spring training camp after competing on the 1999 USA Winter European Tour Team, which saw the U.S. claim a 4-1 record; averaged 6.0 ppg. and 4.6 rpg.
  • Traveled to Australia in ‘98 with a U.S. squad that rebounded to win its final two of five games against Australia, averaged 8.2 ppg. and 7.8 rpg.
  • In helping the United States notch top honors at the 1997 USA Basketball Women's International Invitational Tournament, was named to the all-tournament team.
  • Collected a gold medal with the 1996 USA R. William Jones Cup Team; earned a silver medal at the 1995 World University Games and was a member of the 1994 USA Select Team that toured Israel and France and finished with a 3-1 record (stats unavailable).

Professional Notes:
Drafted: No. 1 overall in 1997, becoming the first WNBA draftee in the history of the league
WNBA Titles: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
All-WNBA first team: 1997, 1998
All-WNBA second team: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
WNBA All-Star Games: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 (injured), 2006 (injured), 2007
All-Star Game MVP: 2000
WNBA All-Decade Team
EuroLeague Final Four MVP: 2007
EuroLeague All-Star: 2007 (withdrew for personal reasons)

  • Returned to Spartak Moscow Region to play during the 2007-08 season alongside USA teammates Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. Aided Spartak to a 15-1 EuroLeague record and the team's second straight title, averaged 11.5 ppg., 5.6 rpg. and 1.2 apg. Her squad is also in the running for the 2008 Russia Superleague crown.
  • Averaged a league fourth-best 18.8 ppg. and ranked sixth in rebounds with 6.7 rpg. in 2007.
  • Missed the first half of the Comets' 2005 season after giving birth to her son, Dyllan, but came back to average 10.1 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. in the final 15 games of the year; upped that to 13.8 ppg. and 5.6 rpg. as the Comets advanced to the 2006 Western Conference Finals.
  • In assisting the Houston Comets to their four WNBA titles and eight postseason appearances, averaged 12.9 ppg. and 6.9 rpg. overall during 32 WNBA playoff games.
  • Named as a member of the 1998 and 1997 WNBA All-Star teams that toured Brazil and Europe, respectively.
  • Played alongside Sue Bird, Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Diana Taurasi for Moscow Spartak in 2006-07, topped all EuroLeague participants in scoring, 21.1 ppg., while adding 9.9 rpg. in aiding Spartak to the 2007 EuroLeague title, also helped Spartak earn the 2007 Russia SuperLeague crown.
  • Played for the Kumho Falcons of the Women's Korea Basketball League (WKBL) and the Houston Stealth of the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL); was named MVP of the 2003 NWBL Pro Cup, leading the Stealth to a second-straight title.
  • Played for Rovereto Basket in Rovereto, Italy, in 2001-02.

Collegiate Notes

  • Spent four years (1993-97) helping Southern Cal compile a 77-37 record (.675), to three NCAA Tournaments (1994, 1995, 1997), including to the 1994 Elite Eight.
  • A 1997 Associated Press (AP) All-America second team selection, also named 1997 All-American honorable mention by Kodak/WBCA.
  • Earned All-America honorable mention honors in 1996 from Kodak/WBCA and the A.P. and in 1995 was an AP All-America honorable mention.
  • Listed on the 1995, 1996 and 1997 Kodak All-District VIII regional teams; 1995, 1996 and 1997 All-Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) first teams; and was named the 1994 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year as well as Freshman All-America by Basketball Times.

Personal Notes:

  • Has a son named Dyllan, who was born May 2005.
  • Earned her degree in sociology with a minor in psychology.
  • One of five children - has two brothers and two sisters.
  • Her older brother, Tommy Thompson, Jr. got her started in basketball when she was nine and she followed him to the local recreation center to play.
  • Attended Morningside High School (Calif.), where she was named the 1993 California AAA Player of the Year.
  • Played volleyball in addition to basketball in high school.