Former Naismith College Player of the Year, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA most valuable player Sheryl Swoopes will join the Texas Tech women’s basketball broadcast team this season, the program announced Thursday afternoon.
Swoopes, who starred for the Lady Raiders from 1991-1993 and helped lead Tech to its only national title during her senior season, will call eight home games on newly formed Texas Tech TV, via FOX Sports networks.
Swoopes, 41, recently moved back to the South Plains and was courtside for Tech’s 77-62 exhibition win Sunday against Midwestern State.
The Lady Raiders will make 18 television appearances this season on a variety of networks — including opponent stations — and Swoopes’ first call, alongside David Thetford, is a Dec. 5 game against Illinois.
“I’ve accomplished everything I ever wanted to do on the basketball court and at every level. So now I am just as excited about pursuing my post WNBA career dreams and goals like sports broadcasting,” Swoopes said in a news release. “With that being said I am so grateful for the opportunity to kickoff my broadcast career as a color analyst for basketball games at my alma mater, Texas Tech.”
The two-time All-American averaged 24.9 points per game in her two seasons at Tech, which still ranks first in Tech women’s basketball history.
Swoopes ended her two-year career at Tech — she played at South Plains College for two seasons before transferring — with 1,645 career points, which was second on the all-time list at the time.
She now ranks fifth on the all-time Lady Raider scoring list.
The Brownfield native was named the 1993 NCAA Most Outstanding Player after averaging 35.4 points per game, including a record 47 points in the championship game against Ohio State.
Swoopes, who was inducted into the Tech Hall of Honor in 2003, won gold with Team USA at the Atlanta, Sydney and Athens Olympic games.
She averaged 15 points per game in her 12-year WNBA career, which included four titles with the Houston Comets.
The Lady Raiders open the season at 3 p.m. Sunday against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.