Smith six points shy of 3,000-point mark

Updated: June 10, 2004, 4:49 PM ET news services

Katie Smith wasn't always a perennial WNBA All-Star.

Prior to joining the league in 1999, Smith played in the now-defunct ABL for two-plus seasons, amassing 1,431 points. Combined with her points in the WNBA, Smith already is the leading scorer in U.S. women's pro basketball history.

The Minnesota forward can knock down another milestone Friday when the Lynx return to action in Los Angeles, as Smith needs just six points to become the fourth player in the WNBA to top the 3,000-point plateau. The Sparks' Lisa Leslie holds the WNBA career scoring mark with 3,718 points over 212 games, followed by Tina Thompson (3,353 points, 214 games) and Andrea Stinson (3,171, 226).

Smith has tallied 2,994 points -- needing only 166 WNBA games.

Houston's Sheryl Swoopes should also top the milestone in the near future. Swoopes (2,935 points, 172 games) needs only 65 points to top the 3,000-point mark.

In U.S. women's pro basketball history, Smith leads the way with 4,425 points, followed by Natalie Williams (4,129), Adrienne Goodson (3,908), Lisa Leslie (3,718) and Sheri Sam (3,499).

A look at some other milestones that might fall this week:

  • Williams also is just 15 rebounds shy of becoming the first women's pro player to grab 2,500 rebounds. She has snared 1,448 rebounds in the WNBA and 1,037 in the ABL. Yolanda Griffith has 2,103 all-time rebounds, followed by Leslie's 2,004, Tari Phillips' 1,883 and Taj McWilliams-Franklin's 1,865.

  • Sacramento point guard Ticha Penicheiro is just five assists behind Teresa Weatherspoon for the WNBA record for most career assists.

    Player                  Gms      Assists
    Teresa Weatherspoon     227      1,309
    Ticha Penicheiro        179      1,304
    Dawn Staley             168      900
    Shannon Johnson         162      774
    Andrea Stinson          226      754

  • Connecticut's Debbie Black and Nykesha Sales are each one steal away from joining the WNBA's 300-steal club.

    Player                  Gms      Stls
    Teresa Weatherspoon     227      454
    Sheryl Swoopes          172      421
    Ticha Penicheiro        179      382
    Vicky Bullett           186      353
    Andrea Stinson          226      316
    Yolanda Griffith        150      306
    Debbie Black            168      299
    Nykesha Sales           168      299
    Janeth Arcain           220      292
    Rita Williams           186      278

  • Leslie needs 17 blocks to reach 500 for her career (212 games), joining San Antonio's Margo Dydek (619 blocks, 197 games) as the only other player to reach that mark. Vicky Bullet ranks third with 288 blocks over 186 games.

  • New York Liberty Head Coach Richie Adubato is one win away from becoming the third coach in WNBA history with 100 career regular season wins. Van Chancellor has 165 wins, followed by Michael Cooper (108).

    Information provided from the WNBA and is updated through June 6 games.