ESPN is counting down the top 40 female athletes of the last 40 years and ranked former Texas Tech star Sheryl Swoopes at No. 16.
The network is announcing one player every weekday and will announce No. 1 on June 22, one day before the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
Swoopes was preceded in the top 20 by Michelle Kwan, Lindsey Vonn, Lisa Fernandez and Ann Meyers Drysdale.
Former Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp is quoted in the ESPN announcement.
"In my mind, the thing that always separated her was how she could elevate her game when the pressure was highest," Sharp said. "The spotlight spurs her to a different level."
Swoopes grew up in Brownfield and played two seasons at Texas Tech, leading the Lady Raiders to the 1993 NCAA championship. She scored an NCAA record 47 points in the title game.
Also quoted in the announcement is Nancy Lieberman, the former Old Dominion star who was ranked 29th on ESPN's list.
"I remember how that year, men were turning on the TV to see this phenom," Lieberman said. "We needed a magnet, and Sheryl Swoopes, from her name to her game, was exactly that."