Penny Toler (born
March 24, 1966) was a Women's National Basketball Associationbasketball player. She is currently the general manager of the Los Angeles Sparks.
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. She was also a member of two Final Four teams in 1987 and 1988. She was also 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 StateAthletic Hall of Fame.
Toler was a point guard allocated to the
Los Angeles Sparksduring 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 Libertyon June 21, 1997 19:01 hourFact|date=April 2007 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 the short span of just 2 years.Fact|date=April 2007
By the time the WNBA launched, Toler had already spent 8 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.
She was named to the United States Olympic basketball committee in 2004.
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