July 25, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - One of the top 15 players in the history of women's professional basketball is former Florida Atlantic University standout Yolanda Griffith. This recognition came during halftime of the recent WNBA All-Star Game.
Joining Griffith on the distinguished list were Cynthia Cooper from the four-time champion Houston Comets, long-time LA Sparks standout Lisa Leslie, Teresa Weatherspoon of the New York Liberty and LA Sparks, Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury and Sheryl Swopes of the Tulsa Shock.
"This list of 15 players is composed of exciting -- and dominating -- players from start to finish and highlighted by players of all kinds," stated WNBA chief of basketball operations Renee Brown to media covering the WNBA All-Star Game. "I cannot think of 15 more deserving women to represent to more than 700 players who have taken the court wearing the WNBA logo on their uniform during our 15-year history."
Griffith spent just one season, 1992-93, in an Owl uniform, but it was a productive campaign. She earned NCAA Division II Player of the Year honors after scoring a school record 621 points, averaging 28.2 points per game and having a record-setting 46 points in a single game. She helped FAU to a 20-8 record and the program's fourth appearance in a NCAA regional. Griffith was inducted into the inaugural FAU Athletic Hall of Fame class in 2006.
In the professional ranks, Griffith spent nine of her 11 seasons with the Sacramento Monarchs, where she led the organization to the WNBA Championship in 2005. The eight-time WNBA All-Star also played for Indiana and Seattle. She earned the league's Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1999, and was the WNBA Finals MVP in 2005.