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Name: Haixia Zheng (Hi-Shaw Jheng)
Nickname: N/A
Born: March 07, 1967
Status: Retired as player, active as coach of PLA Army Team
Origin:  Tuocheng, Shangqui County, Henan Province, China
Height: 6-8/2,07m
Weight: 255lbs
Schools: N/A
Drafted: 1997, Second Round, 16th overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks
Languages: Chinese (Mandarin)
Website: InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Wuhan Army, PLA Army (Bayi), Chinese National Team (11), Los Angeles Sparks (28)
Ibn Notes: Before Yao Ming, before Wang Zhizhi, there was Zheng Haixia, the first Chinese player to ever play pro basketball stateside - the only reason you probably didn't know that was because Haixia is a woman.  The 6-8, 250lb centre from China is the undisputed best woman player to come out of China.  Due to her tremendous size, Haixia was always slow of foot, but the great equalizer was her all-world efficiency around the basket.      Zheng always got her points with slow and steady efficiency as she was named the MVP of the 1994 Women's World Championships where she averaged 26.4 points, 13.1 rebounds on an astounding 83.5% from the field and then in 1997, during the inaugural WNBA season, Zheng led the league in field goal% with 61.8% (Isabelle  Fijalkowski was a distant second with 50.8%).  During that same season, she scored a season-high, spark-high of 28 points on June 27 against Sacramento (also had 10 rebounds and 3 blocks), setting a Sparks individual scoring record (later tied by Lisa Leslie in the same season and since surpassed several times over)
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