Stanford's Jillian Harmon `09 And Clare Bodensteiner `06 Named To New Zealand Women's Basketball Olympic Team

July 8, 2008

  • Basketball New Zealand Release

    STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford Women's Basketball standouts Jillian Harmon `09 and Clare Bodensteiner `06 were named to the New Zealand Women's Basketball Olympic Team, the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced Tuesday. The selection of both Harmon and Bodensteiner to the Tall Ferns makes the duo the third and fourth Olympic players in Stanford Women's Basketball history.

    Harmon and Bodensteiner will each be making their Olympic debut this summer in Beijing after debuting for the Tall Ferns at the Good Luck Beijing Tournament this past April. There, Harmon was second on the Tall Ferns with 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while starting three of the six contests. Bodensteiner, meanwhile, started all six games and led New Zealand by cashing in on 50.0% (6-of-12) of her three-point attempts. She also scored 5.7 points and grabbed 1.7 rebounds a game in the tournament.

    The duo also joins Jennifer Azzi and Katy Steding, both members of current Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer's 1996 U.S. Olympic Team, as the only Olympic players in Stanford program history. Including VanDerveer, who led the U.S. squad to a perfect 60-0 mark over the 1995-96 season, including an 8-0 run at the Atlanta Games which clinched the gold medal, Stanford Women's Basketball now boasts five Olympians all-time.

    Harmon, a 6-1 forward, just completed her junior year at Stanford, averaging 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 32 games last season to help propel the Cardinal to the seventh Final Four appearance and third national championship game in program history. Her 47.0 shooting percentage ranked third on the team while her rebounding numbers were tied for third-best.

    Though born and raised in the United States, Harmon holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and New Zealand due to her mother, Julie, being born in New Zealand.

    Bodensteiner, a 5-9 guard born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and from Rupert, Idaho, completed her Stanford career in 2006-07, seeing action in 26 games while averaging 1.1 points and 0.6 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game. A key player off the bench for the Cardinal, she appeared in 96 games, starting eight, over her five years on The Farm (Bodensteiner redshirted the 2004-05 season).

    New Zealand opens Olympic play Aug. 9 against Mali. The Tall Ferns will then continue round-robin play against Group B opponents China, the United States, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

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