Kim Perrot (January 18, 1967 ? August 19, 1999) played in the WNBA for the Houston Comets. Perrot, one of 55 open tryout invitees was signed as a developmental player, became a starting guard for the Comets, helping them to win WNBA championships in 1997 and 1998. She wore jersey number 10 with the Comets organization which has since been retired. +more
Perrot held 26 school records at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where she remains the career scoring leader with 2,157 points. As a senior, she led the nation in scoring, averaging 30.1 points a game. After graduation, she did what other American female basketball players had to do at the time; she went abroad to play professionally, spending one year each in Sweden, Germany, Israel and France.
In February 1999, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, which later extended to her brain. Perrot went to Tijuana, Mexico to remove tumors in her brain, an alternative treatment to battle cancer, although the virulent type of cancer that afflicted her gave her little chance of survival with conventional medicine.
After her death in August 1999, the Comets went on to win a third straight WNBA title, and a tearful Cynthia Cooper celebrated what the team called "#3 for #10". She was posthumously awarded a third championship ring. Comets fans raised money to create "Kim's Place", an area at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where kids with cancer can play games, sports and relax.
The WNBA created the Kim Perrot Leadership Award and Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award in her honor.