LISA LESLIE / by Molly Schiot

Lisa Leslie is the daughter of Christine Lauren Leslie, who started her own truck driving business to support her three children. Lisa's mother stood 6 ft 5 1/2 in. During school breaks, Lisa and her sister Tiffany would hit the open road with their mom, eating at truck stops and sleeping in the cab. Each summer, as the girls grew, that cab got a little tighter. Lisa sprouted past six feet in the seventh grade. Lisa entered Morningside High School in Inglewood in 1986 and made varsity, starting every game. She then went to USC and was honored with All Pac-10 recognition all four years, as well as becoming the first player in Pac-10 history to obtain first team all four years and earn the prestigious Rookie of the Year award in 1991.In 2002,  Lisa Leslie became the first WNBA player to dunk a basketball. Throughout her trailblazing career, she was many firsts: the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season. In 2002, she was the WNBA all-time leading scorer and was named MVP of the WNBA Championship.

Lisa Leslie is the daughter of Christine Lauren Leslie, who started her own truck driving business to support her three children. Lisa's mother stood 6 ft 5 1/2 in. During school breaks, Lisa and her sister Tiffany would hit the open road with their mom, eating at truck stops and sleeping in the cab. Each summer, as the girls grew, that cab got a little tighter. Lisa sprouted past six feet in the seventh grade. Lisa entered Morningside High School in Inglewood in 1986 and made varsity, starting every game. She then went to USC and was honored with All Pac-10 recognition all four years, as well as becoming the first player in Pac-10 history to obtain first team all four years and earn the prestigious Rookie of the Year award in 1991.In 2002,  Lisa Leslie became the first WNBA player to dunk a basketball. Throughout her trailblazing career, she was many firsts: the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season. In 2002, she was the WNBA all-time leading scorer and was named MVP of the WNBA Championship.