July 6, 1969 |
Fort Pierce, Florida
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|High school||Fort Pierce Central High School|
|College||University of Florida|
|NBA draft||1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the New York Liberty|
|1997–1999||New York Liberty|
|2002–2003||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Sophia L. Witherspoon (born July 6, 1969) is a former American college and professional basketball player who was a guard for seven seasons in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Witherspoon played college basketball for the University of Florida, and was selected in the second round of the 1997 WNBA Draft. She played professionally for the New York Liberty, Portland Fire and Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.
Witherspoon was born in Fort Pierce, Florida. Her older brother introduced her to basketball when she was 6 years old. She attended Fort Pierce Central High School, where she was a standout high school basketball player for the Fort Pierce Central Cobras.
Witherspoon accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she played for coach Carol Ross's Florida Gators women's basketball team from 1988 to 1991. In three seasons as a Gator, she scored 1,381 points, made 445 rebounds, and was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection in 1991. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in health and human performance in 1991, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2005. In her honor, the Florida Office of Student Life awards the Sophia Witherspoon Award for Overall Excellence each semester to two Gator athletes "who exemplify the positive attitude and strong work ethic in the classroom that they display on the playing field."
Witherspoon was named to the USA team for the 1993 World University Games competition in Buffalo, New York. The team had a 6–2 record and won the bronze medal. Witherspoon averaged 1.8 points per game.
The New York Liberty selected Witherspoon in the second round (seventh pick overall) of the 1997 WNBA Draft. She played for the Liberty from 1997 to 2000, the Portland Fire from 2000 to 2001, and the Los Angeles Sparks from 2001 to 2003.
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- "SIXTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1993". USA Basketball. Retrieved 15 Oct 2013.
- Women's National Basketball Association, Player Files, Sophia Witherspoon. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- Sophia Witherspoon – Official WNBA player profile