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- 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
- 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.
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