Sheri Sam


Women’s Basketball

Sheri Sam’s four-year Vanderbilt career began and ended with postseason success – she was a freshman when the Commodores reached the Final Four in 1993 and a senior on the 1996 team that reached the Elite Eight. But in between those runs, Sam grew from a spot contributor off the bench into one of the nation’s premier frontcourt players. She led the team in points, rebounds and steals in her final two seasons, and her points per game and field goal percentage numbers remain among the ten highest career totals in program history to this day. After averaging 20.4 points per game as a senior in 1996, Sam became the third player in school history to be named a Kodak All-American and remains one of only four Vanderbilt players to be honored. She has gone on to enjoy a well-traveled professional basketball career, having played multiple seasons both in the WBNA and abroad.

  • 1996 Kodak All-American
  • Finalist for the 1996 Naismith Trophy
  • Commodore teams reached the NCAA Tournament all four of her years at Vanderbilt with a 10-4 record
  • Scored double-digit points in 77 games and grabbed double-digit rebounds 22 times as a Commodore
  • Graduated seventh on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,537 points
  • Two-time All-SEC selection, in 1995 and 1996
  • Named to 1996 NCAA Tournament All-Regional Team
  • Associated Press Third-team All-American selection, 1996
  • Played 10 seasons in the WNBA with seven different teams, averaged 10 points per game or more in seven seasons
  • All-time leading scorer of the now-defunct Miami Sol of the WNBA
  • 25th player in WNBA history to reach 2,000 points
  • Won WNBA Championship in 2004 with the Seattle Storm
  • Won gold medal with the U.S. National Team at the R. William Jones Cup in 1996