Teresa Weatherspoon is a two-time Olympic medalist who has won a total of three gold medals with USA Basketball.
Teresa Weatherspoon played collegiality at Louisiana Tech and led her teams to four straight NCAA Final Four appearances including the championship in 1988.
Teresa Weatherspoon (front row, No. 8) first played for USA Basketball at the 1986 Goodwill Games, helping the USA to a 5-0 record and gold medal.
Named one of the top-20 best and most influential players in WNBA history in 2016, Teresa Weatherspoon during her eight-year career was a four-time All-WNBA second team selection and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year (1997, 1998). She ranks as the New York Liberty’s all-time leader in assists (1,306) and steals (453) and ranks ninth in WNBA history in assists and 19th in steals.
After she helped the USA to gold at the 1986 Goodwill Games, Teresa Weatherspoon (front row, third from right) was a member of the 1986 USA World Cup Team that won a gold medal with a 7-0 record. Weatherspoon, however, did not play due to injury.
Teresa Weatherspoon (front row, No. 7) played on the 1987 USA World University Games Team, and she contributed 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as the USA finished 4-1 and in fifth place.
Teresa Weatherspoon won her first Olympic gold medal with a 5-0 record at the 1988 Olympic Games, where she contributed 3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
As a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, Teresa Weatherspoon and the USA finished 4-1 and claimed the bronze medal. She contributed 2.2 points and 1.0 assists per game.
Teresa Weatherspoon was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
In November 2020, Teresa Weatherspoon was named an assistant coach for the New Orleans Pelicans, becoming the eighth full-time female assistant coach in the NBA. She served as head coach at her alma mater Louisiana Tech for six seasons (2008-09 to 2013-14).
Through the Years: Teresa Weatherspoon
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