Forgotten Fridays: That time Lisa Leslie dropped 101 points in 16 minutes

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 10: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announces WNBA Alumni Lisa Leslie as a Top 25 WNBA Greatest of All Time during the game between the Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky at Footprint Center on October 10, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,  by downloading and or using this photograph,  User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Mattina/Getty Images)
By Rhiannon Walker Feb 4, 2022 10
On Feb. 7, 1990, Lisa Leslie walked up to Gil Ramirez. The Morningside (Inglewood, Calif.) center approached the South Torrance coach, asking for a massive favor before he and his team departed the bench and made their way to the visitors locker room at halftime.

“I asked the coach before they left if they would let me score three more baskets,” Leslie told the Los Angeles Times.

The reason the center approached the opposing coach with such a bold request? The future Hall of Famer had already broken the record for the most points scored in a half when she put up 101 points through the first two quarters. She was five points away from breaking what she believed to be the national record for the most points scored in a high school basketball game. In 1982, Riverside Poly star forward Cheryl Miller dropped 105 points on 47-of-50 shooting in the team’s 179-15 win to extend its record 70th straight victory.

Ramirez consulted with his six-player team and simply told Leslie no; his team decided it would not take the court again to help in her pursuit of the record. When the second half was set to begin, the South Torrance team was nowhere to be found. It forfeited the second half of the game, especially after losing two players who fouled out trying to defend the 6-foot-5 senior. Ramirez was suspended for the remainder of the season for violating the Southern Section sportsmanship rules.

Even crueler, though, is Leslie believed she had tied Miller’s record when she left the floor that night. The referees penalized South Torrance with a pair of delay-of-game violations, which sent Leslie to the stripe for four technical-foul shots that she made to start the beginning of the second half.