Kristi Renee Toliver (born January 27, 1987) is an American-Slovak professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Toliver was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States and possesses a dual American-Slovak citizenship. She is the daughter of former NBA referee, George Toliver and Peggy Toliver. During her rookie season in the WNBA, Toliver signed an endorsement deal with Nike.
|No. 20 – Washington Mystics|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Born||January 27, 1987|
|Nationality||American / Slovak|
|Listed height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Listed weight||130 lb (59 kg)|
|High school||Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Virginia)|
|WNBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Sky|
|2010||MKB Euroleasing Sopron|
|2010–2016||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2010–2011||Samsun Canik Belediyesi|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Toliver attended Harrisonburg High School, where she graduated from in 2005. Toliver received many accolades during her high school basketball career, including being honored as a McDonald's All-American, Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American, Parade All-American, EA Sports All-American, and USA Today All-USA Basketball Team member. In addition, she was named Virginia State Gatorade Player of the Year and Virginia Ms. Basketball. She participated in the 2005 WBCA High School All-America Game and 2005 McDonald's All-American Game.
A standout player from the University of Maryland, Toliver was known for her ability to perform under pressure. In the 2006 National 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.
In the 2009 WNBA draft, the Chicago Sky selected Toliver with the 3rd pick. In her rookie season with the Sky, Toliver came off the bench averaging 7.6 points per game in 27 games and was also ranked second in the league in three-point shooting.
In her first season with the Sparks, Toliver was the back-up point guard on the roster behind Ticha Penicheiro who was the starting point guard. She averaged 8.6 points per game in 34 games.
In the 2012 season with the departure of Penicheiro, Toliver became the starting point guard for the Sparks and had a breakout season. In the month of May, Toliver hit a game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Tulsa Shock. She was the Western Conference Player of the Month for August, averaged a career-high 17.5 points per game throughout the year, was ranked 9th in three-point field goal percentage, was named to the All-WNBA Second Team and won the WNBA Most Improved Player Award. Her stellar offensive performance would continue into the playoffs, where she averaged 20 points per game in 4 games, but the Sparks were eliminated in a 2-game sweep by the Minnesota Lynx in the Conference Finals.
In 2013, Toliver re-signed with the Sparks to a multi-year deal once her rookie contract with the Sky expired. With the acquisition of Lindsey Harding, Toliver was the starting shooting guard for the Sparks. During the season, Toliver was named a WNBA All-Star for the first time in her career, while averaging 14.1 points per game in all 34 games.
During the 2015 season, Toliver was assigned back to the point guard position after the waiving of Harding. In a regular season game win against the Tulsa Shock, Toliver set a Sparks scoring franchise record with 43 points, surpassing Lisa Leslie's 41 points. She finished the season averaging 12.4 points per game.
In the 2016 season, the Sparks finished 26-8 with the number 2 seed in the league with a new playoff format put in place, in which they received a double-bye to the semi-finals (the last round before the WNBA Finals) where they defeated the Chicago Sky 3-1. Toliver was ranked 4th in three-point field goal percentage while averaging 13.2 points per game during the regular season. On June 24, 2016, Toliver scored a season-high 25 points along with 7 three-pointers in a regular season game win against the Minnesota Lynx. With a supporting cast of Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike, Toliver won her first WNBA championship with the Sparks as they defeated the Minnesota Lynx 3-2 in the Finals.
Toliver is currently the Sparks franchise leader in three-point field goal percentage and free-throw percentage.
In February 2017, Toliver signed with the Washington Mystics in free agency. On May 14, 2017, Toliver made her debut for the Mystics, scoring 8 points along with 4 assists in an 89-74 victory over the San Antonio Stars. On July 19, 2017, with Tayler Hill and Elena Delle Donne sidelined with injuries, Toliver scored a season-high 29 points while draining 7 three-pointers in a 100-96 overtime win against the Atlanta Dream after coming back from a 21-point deficit. The Mystics secured a playoff berth as the number 6 seed in the league with an 18-16 record. In the first round elimination game, the Mystics defeated the Dallas Wings 86-76 advancing to the second round elimination game, Toliver scored 16 points. In the second round elimination game, the Mystics would advance to the semi-finals after defeating the number 3-seeded New York Liberty, 82-68, making it the first time in franchise history where the Mystics have advanced past the second round. Toliver scored 32 points in the win while scoring 17 of them in the third quarter and made a WNBA-record 9 three-pointers. In the semi-finals, the Mystics would be defeated by the Minnesota Lynx in a 3-game sweep.
On May 30, 2018, Toliver scored a season-high 30 points in a 103-95 victory against the Phoenix Mercury. Later on in the 2018 season, Toliver was voted into the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her second all-star appearance. Toliver finished off the season with 13.9 points per game with career-highs in free throw shooting and minutes. The Mystics finished as the number three seed in the league with a 22-12 record, receiving a bye to the second round elimination game. They would defeat the Los Angeles Sparks 96-64, advancing to the semi-finals for the second year in a row. In the semi-finals, they would defeat the Atlanta Dream in five games, advancing to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. However, the Mystics would get swept in the Finals against the Seattle Storm.
In the 2009-10 off-season, Toliver spent the first portion of the off-season in Israel playing for Raanana Hertzeliya. In the second portion of the off-season, Toliver played in Hungary for MKB Euroleasing Sopron. In the 2010-11 off-season, Toliver played in Turkey for Samsun Canik Belediyesi. From 2011-2014, Toliver played three off-seasons in Russia for Dynamo Moscow, winning back-to-back championships with the team in 2013 and 2014. From 2014-2016, Toliver has played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia for two off-seasons and had won back-to-back championships with the team in 2015 and 2016. Toliver played with teammate, Candace Parker in her first-offseason with the team. As of August 2016, Toliver had re-signed with UMMC Ekaterinburg for the 2016-17 off-season and won her third consecutive championship with the team. In 2017, Toliver re-signed again with UMMC Ekaterinburg for the 2017-18 off-season and won her fourth consecutive Russian League championship with the team.
Toliver was a member of the Slovakian women's national basketball team in the EuroBasket Women 2015 qualification tournament in 2014 after receiving her Slovak citizenship. The team finished first place in Group A to qualify for the EuroBasket Women 2015 tournament, where they finished 9th place with a 3-4 record, missing out on a spot in the Olympic qualifying tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
NBA coaching careerEdit
WNBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
|TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|Bold||Career high||League leader|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Toliver won a WNBA championship|
|Career||10 years, 3 teams||316||237||27.5||.443||.389||.882||2.3||3.4||0.9||0.0||2.0||12.3|
|Career||8 years, 2 teams||37||35||32.6||.400||.324||.868||2.3||3.6||1.1||0.1||2.2||13.7|
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- "09/06/17: Dallas Wings @ Washington Mystics - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA".
- "Hometown Hero: Kristi Toliver's Record Performance Guides Mystics to Semifinals - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA".
- Toliver, Mystics hand Mercury 3rd straight loss
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- Writer, DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball. "Sparks return home after winning road trip".
- "Kristi Toliver joins Washington Wizards Coaching Staff for 2018-19 Season". mystics.wnba.com. WNBA. October 16, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
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- "John R Wooden Award".
- "John R Wooden Award".
- "Paris, Moore make Wooden All-American team". ESPN.com. April 2, 2009.
- "ESPN.com: Parker is POY, headlines All-America teams". ESPN.com. March 14, 2008.
- "UConn's Moore is ESPN.com's player of the year". ESPN.com. March 12, 2009.
- "OKLAHOMA CENTER COURTNEY PARIS WINS 2008-09 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD - Senior CLASS Award". www.seniorclassaward.com.
- "Toliver named the 2008 Nancy Lieberman Award Top Point Guard". April 5, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
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