Kristi ToliverLos Angeles Sparks, G
Drafted third overall in the 2009 WNBA Draft, Kristi Toliver is a guard for the Los Angeles Sparks. She won her first WNBA Championship with the Sparks back in 2016 and returned to Los Angeles after winning a Championship as a starting guard for the Washington Mystics in the 2019 season. In 2018, during the WNBA offseason, Toliver became an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards, making her the first player to play in the WNBA while also coaching in the NBA. While a huge accomplishment for not only Kristi, but women in basketball and sports, The New York Times wrote an article on her unique situation disclosing that due to language in the current WNBA CBA, she was only able to be paid about $15K for a job that typically makes $100K. Kristi has always been a strong voice in the league on topics such as equality and the wage gap and it is situations like this that motivate her to continue speaking out about the many injustices the WNBA and women in sports face. A former standout player from the University of Maryland, Toliver was known for her ability to perform under pressure. In the 2006 National NCAA Championship game, Toliver, then a freshman, hit a game-tying three-pointer with only seconds remaining to force overtime against favored Duke, leading to a Maryland win and the school's first national championship in women's basketball.