Chat with Teresa Weatherspoon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, Louisiana Tech women's basketball coach and one of the best women's basketball players to ever play, Teresa Weatherspoon stops by to chat as part of ESPN.com's tribute to Black History Month.
Weatherspoon, winner of two Olympic medals - one gold, one bronze - took over the Lady Techsters program in February 2009 as an interim coach. Following the season, the interim label was removed and she was named the newest head coach. Louisiana Tech is 46-16 under Weatherspoon, including a 15-5 (7-0) record this season.
As a player, Weatherspoon was one of the original WNBA players, entering the league in 1997. She started with the New York Liberty, before playing her final two seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks and retiring in 2004. She still ranks as the No. 2 all-time assists leader in the WNBA, and she will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 2010 class.
Send your questions now and join Weatherspoon Thursday at 2 p.m. ET!
Teresa, Who do you think is going to win the super bowl?
Teresa Weatherspoon (1:58 PM)
Teresa Weatherspoon (1:59 PM)
I'm actually just watching it this year. I like both teams and both teams are playing really well. I just want to sit back and enjoy the game because I know it will be a good one.
Kevin Hebert (Ruston, LA)
How much has the student support of the Lady Techsters changed since you have taken over as head coach?
Teresa Weatherspoon (2:01 PM)
That is a big time question. That might be one of the biggest changes since I've been back here at Tech. When I played students would be really excited about Lady Techsters basketball. They would be to the game early all painted up and ready to go. Now we need to get the students to understand that we need their support in the stands. We need that same excitement.
Matt B. (Ruston)
How big in your mind is the Fresno game Saturday and what are you doing to prepare for Fresno this week?
Teresa Weatherspoon (2:03 PM)
It is a big game, it's a rivalry game. But to us every game is big because of what we what to accomplish. Like our kids always say, Fresno was been holding the WAC Championship. We are the 2010 champs and we want to hold on to it. Fresno is very good at what they do especially from behind the arch so we are preparing to make sure we defend well, especially the three point area.
Phil Garris (St. Petersburg Florida)
Are you finding it difficult to schedule Top 25 teams into Ruston. If so do you consider that a compliment to the program that is being rebuilt with the Lady Techsters.
Teresa Weatherspoon (2:05 PM)
That can be difficult because of where we are in western Louisiana and because of the team we are. All we want to do is make sure we put together a schedule that is competitive. One that makes us a better basketball team and we do that by playing the top-notch teams. We do have a talented team that can not only compete with mid-major schools but with other BCS schools.
Phil Garris (St. Petersburg Florida)
Are there any conversations happening right now to renew rivalries with Old Dominion and Tennessee.
Teresa Weatherspoon (2:07 PM)
We would like to. Those rivalries were just incredible competition. Those rivalries started the UConn vs. Tennessee or UConn vs. Baylor. We would love to have those teams back on schedule but it's a matter of speaking to the right people and getting them to understand the importance of those types of games.
Theresa (New York City)
Love you, you're the reason I started watching the WNBA. How have you stay in shape now that you are no longer playing in the league?
Teresa Weatherspoon (2:08 PM)
(Laughing) Thank you for your support and love. I still just do my own running and lifting. I don't get to play much because of my coaching responsibilities. And of course I still have the ball in my hands shooting around from time-to-time.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What WNBA Team did you like facing each year?
Teresa Weatherspoon (2:10 PM)
The Comets because they were very very good. To beat them you had to be almost flawless. Playing against them was great for our game. I also had individual players that I loved playing against. It was the competition that I enjoyed most.
shala crook (mucine,indiana)
We always here about Cheryl Miller and because the wnba wasnt around before she had knee problems how great was she?Is she one of the top 10 best players you ever seen?
Teresa Weatherspoon (2:12 PM)
YES and that's a quick YES. She was amazing. She was a player that loved the game. She changed the game with her style of play. Playing above the rim like men and with her ball handling skills. She played with such a swagger. She was known all over the world as the best and she worked hard at being the best, it didn't just come to her. I love her to death. She's a good friend of mine to this day.
Sppon..........I'm a huge fan! What would you say was the biggest turning point in your career as a player or coach?
Teresa Weatherspoon (2:14 PM)
I think as a young kid, making the decision on where to play college ball. Talking to my family and my high school coach who got me ready to play at the college level. Playing at Louisiana Tech University for Coach Barmore was a turning point for me as a player. Everything I learned from him on the court truly plays a part off the court as well.
Teresa Weatherspoon (2:16 PM)
I really really would like to thank all the fans for all the questions. You helped me become what I am in the game of basketball. You motivate. Thanks for all the love that you have shown me over my playing career and now as a coach. Happy Valentines Day to all!