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Jennifer Azzi

Jennifer Azzi

Jennifer Azzi
Medal record
Women’s Basketball
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta Team Competition
FIBA World Championship
Gold 1990 Malaysia Team Competition
Bronze 1994 World Championships Sydney Team Competition
Gold 1998 World Championships Berlin, Germany Team Competition
Pan American Games
Bronze 1991 Havana Team Competition
Jones Cup
Silver 1988 Jones Cup Taipei, Taiwan Team Competition

Jennifer Lynn Azzi (born August 31, 1968, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee) is the head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of San Francisco. Azzi is a former collegiate and professional basketball player.

College years

Azzi received a scholarship and played point guard for Stanford University's women's basketball team from 1987 to 1990. During her four years at Stanford, the Cardinal compiled a 101-23 win-loss record,[1] and captured two Pac-10 titles.

During her senior year (1990), Azzi led the Cardinal to win the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship,[1] defeating Auburn University.

Her individual accomplishments include:

She graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.

Jennifer Azzi went to middle school at Jefferson Junior High, in Oak Ridge, TN.

USA Basketball

In 1988, Azzi was named to the Jones Cup team. The USA team ended the competition with a 3–2 record, but that was enough to secure the silver medal. Azzi averaged 5.4 points per game.[4]

Azzi was a member of the USA National team at the 1990 World Championships, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The team won their opening round games fairly easily, with the closest of the first three games a 27 point victory over Czechoslovakia. Then they faced Cuba, a team that had beaten the USA in exhibition matches only a few weeks earlier. The USA team was losing at halftime, but came back to win 87–78. The USA team found itself behind at halftime to Canada in their next game, but came back to win easily 95–70. After an easy match against Bulgaria, in which Azzi hit three of four three-pointers, and scored a team high 13 points, the USA team faced Czechoslovakia again, end achieved an almost identical result, winning 87–59. In the title match, the USA team won the gold medal with a score of 88–78. Azzi averaged 4.6 points per game, and recorded 15 assists, second highest on the team.[5]

Azzi played with the USA team at the 1991 Pan American Games. The team finished with a record of 4–2, but managed to win the bronze medal. The USA team lost a three point game to Brazil, then responded with wins over Argentina and Cuba, earning a spot in the medal round. The next game was a rematch against Cuba, and this time the team from Cuba won a five point game. The USA beat Canada easily to win the bronze. Azzi averaged 6.7 points per game.[6]

Azzi was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team at the 1994 Goodwill Games, which was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Azzi was named to the USA national team and competed in the 1994 World Championships, held in June 1994 in Sydney, Australia. The team was coached by Tara VanDerveer, and won their first six games, when they faced Brazil. In a closely contested, high scoring game, Brazil hit ten of ten free throws in the final minute to secure a 110–107 victory. The USA won a close final game against Australia 100–95 to earn the bronze medal. Azzi averaged 4.9 points per game, while recording 16 assists, third highest on the team.[7]

She also won a gold medal while playing for the [1]

Azzi played for the USA Basketball National Team in a five game Australian Tour event in 1998, as part of the Goldmark Cup team. The USA and Australian teams had qualified for the 2000 Olympics, and agreed to play five games in five cities in Australia. The Australians won the first three games and the USA team won the last two.[8]

She was one of six core players selected for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, but she withdrew herself from consideration to avoid the extensive touring.

ABL career

Azzi began her professional basketball career playing in the United States when she joined the San Jose Lasers of the American Basketball League (ABL) from 1996 to 1999. She was one of the cofounders of the league.[1] Her participation in the league ended when the ABL declared bankruptcy on December 22, 1998. Shortly afterward, she started a training camp for adults in San Jose, California.

WNBA career

In 1999, Azzi was selected by the Detroit Shock in the first round (fifth overall) in the WNBA Draft. She helped lead the Shock into the playoffs that year.[1]

Just prior to the 2000 season, she was traded to the Utah Starzz.[1] She remained with the team when the franchise relocated to San Antonio, Texas and changed its name to the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2003.[1]

In February 2004, she announced her retirement from professional basketball.

Coaching career

Azzi became the head coach of the Women's Basketball team at the University of San Francisco in 2010.[9]

Other Activities

Azzi served on the Board of Directors of USA Basketball for the 2005-2008 term.[10] She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.[11]

Azzi is now a motivational speaker, residing in Mill Valley, California.[12] She also runs a youth basketball camp every summer held at Tamalpais High School called Azzi Camp.[13]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Porter p. 19
  2. ^ "The Wade Trophy". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 
  3. ^ "PAST HONDA SPORTS AWARD WINNERS FOR BASKETBALL". THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "1988 Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "ELEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1990". USA Basketball. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "ELEVENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1991". USA Basketball. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "TWELVTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1994". USA Basketball. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "All-Time Women's National Team Roster". USA Basketball. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Azzi introduced at San Francisco". ESPN. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "2005-2008 USA Basketball Executive Committee". USA Basketball. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  12. ^ Albee, Dave (January 17, 2007). "Jennifer Azzi: Hall-of-Famer moves to Marin". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Azzi Basketball Camp". Jennifer Azzi. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

References

  • David L. Porter, ed. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press.  

External links

  • Official Website
  • WNBA Player Profile
  • ABL Player Profile
  • WNBA Press Release on Azzi's retirement
  • San Antonio Silver Stars farewell tribute to Azzi
  • article on Azzi's life after basketballSan Francisco ChronicleOctober 7, 2005
  • July 2007 "Marin Magazine" Article on Azzi's life in Marin
  • Fan Page (Note: last updated in 2001)
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