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Sports / Recreation

CSU great Hammon one of WNBA's greatest

July 25, 2011
By Tony Phifer

Former CSU standout Becky Hammon was named one of the 15 greatest players in WNBA history during a weekend ceremony.

Former CSU standout Becky Hammon has been named one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time .Becky Hammon, the greatest women’s basketball player in CSU history, has been selected as one of the greatest players in the history of the WNBA.

Hammon, who graduated from CSU in 1999 as the leading scorer – male or female – in school history with 2,740 points, was announced as one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time during halftime ceremonies at the WNBA All-Star Game.

Home fans honor Hammon

Fittingly, the game was played in San Antonio, where Hammon plays for the Silver Stars and is one of the leagu'e most popular players. Hammon, a 13-year veteran, was playing in her sixth WNBA All-State Game.

The top 15 players were announced after voting by media, coaches, players and fans. Joining Hammon on the list were Yolanda Griffith, Ticha Penicheiro, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Smith, Dawn Staley, Teresa Weatherspoon, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Tina Thompson, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi.

WNBA icon

Hammon, a 5-foot-6 points who was not drafted after her stellar CSU career, ranks eighth in scoring, sixth in assists and third in 3-pointers in WNBA history. The Rapid City, S.D., native is the all-time leading scorer – male or female – in Western Athletic Conference history.

She was inducted into the CSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and her jersey number (25) was retired by the school.