American women roll in basketball

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Tina Thompson scored 15 points Sunday and led the United States to a 96-60 win over New Zealand, finishing group play in the women's Olympic basketball tourney.

Americans pull away for basketball win

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Tina Thompson scored 17 points Friday and the United States pulled away in the second half for a 93-55 Olympic victory over Spain.
Another easy win for American women

Another easy win for American women

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Tina Thompson scored 13 points during a 23-point, first-period run Monday and the United States went on to crush China 108-63 in women's Olympic basketball.

American women near Olympic berth

VALDIVIA, Chile, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Tina Thompson had 18 points Thursday to carry the U.S. women's team to a 115-47 crushing of Jamaica in the Olympic qualifying tournament at Valdivia, Chile.

WNBA: Sacramento 92, Houston 64

HOUSTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Yolanda Griffith scored 17 points Saturday to lead Sacramento over the Houston Comets, 92-64, and a sweep of their best-of-three WNBA semifinal series.

Four replacements for WNBA All-Stars

NEW YORK, July 10 (UPI) -- Four players were named Monday as injury replacements for the upcoming WNBA All-Star Game.

WNBA: Sacramento 74, Houston 65

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Yolanda Griffith scored 19 points and Kara Lawson added 18 as Sacramento beat Houston, 74-65, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Arco Arena.

WNBA: Sacramento 73, Houston 69

HOUSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Sacramento Monarchs beat the Houston Comets, 73-69, in Game 1 of the WNBA's Western Conference finals Thursday night. Yolanda Griffith had 14 points and eight rebounds.

WNBA: Houston 75, Seattle 58

SEATTLE, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Tina Thompson scored 16 points Saturday night as Houston humbled the Seattle Storm, 75-58.

WNBA: Houston 67, Seattle 64

SEATTLE, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Sheryl Swoopes scored a team-high 20 points Thursday night as Houston overcame Seattle, 67-64, to even their Western Conference playoff series at a game each.

WNBA: Houston 80, Phoenix 72

PHOENIX, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Tina Thompson led the way Thursday night with 18 points as Houston beat Phoenix, 80-72, qualifying for a Western Conference playoff berth.

WNBA: Houston 75, Seattle 72

HOUSTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Sheryl Swoopes score a game-high 23 points Sunday as Houston eased past Seattle, 75-72.

WNBA: Phoenix 80, Houston 75

PHOENIX, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Diana Taurasi scored 27 points Friday night, Penny Taylor added 17 points and Phoenix beat Houston, 80-75.

WNBA: San Antonio 68, Houston 63

HOUSTON, July 30 (UPI) -- Shannon Johnson scored 18 points Saturday as San Antonio shocked the Houston Comets, 68-63.

WNBA: Houston 71, New York 69

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) -- Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson combined for 38 points Wednesday night as Houston edged the New York Liberty, 71-69.
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Tina Thompson
HOU97083002-30 AUG 1997-HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA: Doubled teams, New York Liberty ,Kym Hampton(L) and Rebecca Lobo(R) was unable to stop Houston Comet Tina Thompson to the basket, in the 1997 WNBA Championship. UPI gyw/George Wong

Tina Marie Thompson (born February 10, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is a professional basketball player in the WNBA for the Los Angeles Sparks. The first draft pick in WNBA history, Thompson was selected first by the Houston Comets. She helped lead the Comets to four WNBA Championships. She has won two Olympic Gold Medals and has made 9 WNBA All-Star Game appearances, the most recent being 2009. She is second in the most points scored in WNBA history, behind Lisa Leslie (5,865).

Tina grew up playing basketball with her brother TJ and his friends at Robertson Park in West Los Angeles, California. She recorded more than 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in her high school career at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California, where she also played volleyball. She then went on to play basketball at the University of Southern California, where she graduated in 1997. She attended both high school and college with fellow WNBA player Lisa Leslie.

Thompson became a member of the Houston Comets dynasty that won four consecutive WNBA championships from 1997-2000. She was selected #1 overall in round 1 of the 1997 WNBA draft. Thompson is a nine-time All-Star, winning MVP honors at the 2000 All-Star Game. She led all Western Conference players in All-Star voting in 2001. Thompson has been named to the All-WNBA First Team three times (1997, 1998, 2004) and All-WNBA Second Team four times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002).

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