JockBio Vital Stats
  • Los Angeles Sparks • Center • #9
  • Height: 6' 5"
• Weight: 170 • Born:7/2/72
  • In Lisa’ 101-point game for Morningside, she shot 37 of 56 from the floor and 27 of 35 from the line.
  • Lisa was voted Morningside class president her sophomore, junior and senior years.
  • Lisa was he recipient of the 1990 Dial Award, which is given annually to the nation’s outstanding high school scholar-athlete.
  • As a college senior, Lisa teamed with freshman Tina Thompson to give USC one of the best rebounding duos in Pac-10 history.
  • Lisa still owns the Pac-10 career records for points and rebounds.
  • Lisa was unanimously voted the 1994 National Player of the Year.
  • Lisa and Dawn Staley are close friends. They didn’t like each other when they first met in 1995—Lisa was laid-back LA and Staley was blue-collar Philly.
  • Lisa’s 35 points against Japan in the 1996 semifinals established a new Olympic record for American women.
  • In 1999, Lisa became the third woman in WNBA history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The others are Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson.
  • Lisa sank 49 straight free throws during the 2000 season.
  • On July 31, 2001, Leslie became the WNBA’s career scoring leader.
  • In 2004, Lisa became the first WNBA player to reach the 4,000-point and 2,000-rebound plateaus.
  • In the closing moments of the 2005 WNBA All-Star Game, Lisa took an inbounds pass and dunked for the first time on national television.
  • Lisa’s career high as a pro came against the Minnesota Lynx, when she scored 32 points.
  • Lisa was the first center to be named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Lisa makes a little over $1 million a year in salary and endorsements.
  • Lisa launched her modeling career after college, signing with the prestigious Wilhemina Agency in 1996.
  • Lisa received a degree in Communications from USC. She returned to the school in 2002 to get a masters in Business Administration.
  • Lisa does analysis for Fox Sports at USC games.
  • Lisa’s license plate reads LL WNBA.
  • Lisa’s mother remarried a man named Tom Espinoza, and she gained four stepbrothers. Her stepfather died of cancer in 2001.
  • Lisa’s goes by a couple of different nicknames. The one she likes best is “Smooth,” which was given to her by Michael Cooper.
  • In 2004, Lisa remodeled her mother’s house on the show While You Were Out.


Dawn Staley,
2004 Women's Basketball



Michael Cooper, 1988 Fleer

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