Penny Toler

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Penny Toler (born March 24, 1966) was a Women's National Basketball Association basketball player. She is currently the general manager of the Los Angeles Sparks.

College years

Toler began her college career at San Diego State, sat out a year, and then transferred to Long Beach State, where she became an All-American basketball player. During her career Long Beach State made it to the Final Four twice, in 1987 and 1988. Toler was considered one of the best ever collegiate players under future Hall of Fame coach Joan Bonvicini. In 1995 she was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletic Hall of Fame.

WNBA career

Toler was a point guard allocated to the Los Angeles Sparks during the player initiation round in the 1997 WNBA draft. She is most commonly remembered as the first player to score a basket in the WNBA. She did so against the New York Liberty on June 21, 1997 19:01 hourcitation needed at the Los Angeles Great Western Forum. Her shot was a side jumper. Toler also made the first free throw in the WNBA history.

In November 1999 she retired as a player to become the general manager of the Los Angeles Sparks. Immediately after taking on a management role, she would assemble the Los Angeles Sparks roster that would become the championship team in 2001.

Among all professional men or women sports league, Toler would become the fastest person to go from a player to general manager status to winning a championship in two years.citation needed

International career

By the time the WNBA launched, Toler had already spent eight years playing basketball overseas. She has played five seasons in Italy, two seasons in Greece, and a season in Israel. While in Italy, she won a scoring title, two assist titles, and was MVP of the Italian all-star game.

Career statistics

WNBA Career Totals

Year Team G GS MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PTM 3PTA REB AST STL TO BLK PTS
1997 LA 28 28 907 144 338 73 87 7 38 94 143 36 107 3 368
1998 LA 30 30 945 145 349 55 74 25 60 106 143 32 101 3 370
1999 LA 30 4 427 51 150 39 45 2 13 43 66 13 40 0 143
Totals 88 62 2,279 340 837 167 206 34 111 243 352 81 248 6 881

WNBA Career Averages

Year Team MIN FG% FT% 3PT% REB AST STL TO BLK PTS
1997 LA 32.4 .426 .839 .184 3.4 5.1 1.3 3.8 0.1 13.1
1998 LA 31.5 .415 .743 .417 3.5 4.8 1.1 3.4 0.1 12.3
1999 LA 14.2 .340 .867 .154 1.4 2.2 0.4 1.3 0.0 4.8
Totals 25.9 .406 .811 .306 2.8 4.0 0.9 2.8 0.1 10.0

WNBA Career Playoff Totals

Year Team G GS MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PTM 3PTA REB AST STL TO BLK PTS
1999 LA 4 0 42 4 12 2 4 0 1 6 2 2 3 0 10

WNBA Career Playoff Averages

Year Team MIN FG% FT% 3PT% REB AST STL TO BLK PTS
1999 LA 10.5 .333 .500 .000 1.5 0.5 0.5 0.8 0.0 2.5

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