NEWARK, N.J. – The oldest player in the league, 39-year-old Katie Smith continues to put up solid numbers and help the New York Liberty win games. She moved into second on the WNBA’s career scoring list Friday, passing Lisa Leslie.
“It’s pretty cool. I tell most people those type of records are about consistency,” former Storm player Smith said. “That’s what I’m proud of. You’ve done a good job and had a lot of productive years, not just a one-hit wonder.”
Smith had 10 points in the Liberty’s 78-68 victory over Connecticut and has 6,272 in her WNBA career — nine more than Leslie. Storm player Tina Thompson, who has announced she plans to retire after this season, heads the list with 7,053 points.
Throwing in the nearly 1,400 points Smith scored in the ABL, she is the most prolific scorer in U.S. women’s pro basketball history.
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“It’s a lot of pride that you’ve done good work for a long period of time,” said Smith, who has said this will most likely be her final year playing professionally.
LOS ANGELES – Nneka Ogwumike had game-high totals of 16 points and seven rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks rout San Antonio 84-48 Saturday.
Ogwumike made 7 of 11 shots.
The Sparks outscored the Silver Stars 49-20 in the second half.