Spotlight: Stanford's Jennifer Azzi
Jennifer Azzi was Stanford women's basketball's first national and conference player of the year and WBCA/Kodak All-American. Azzi, who played at Stanford from 1987-90, was one of three Olympic gold medalists among the six-member class that also included Sonja Hogg, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Jennifer Gillom, Jill Hutchison and Ora Washington.
Over her four-year career, Azzi became the first Cardinal women's basketball player to earn the Wade Trophy, the James Naismith Player of the Year award, and the Honda-Broderick National Player of the Year honor while also being Stanford's first WBCA/Kodak All-American. She earned the three national player of the year awards as a senior in 1989-90, while twice being named to the WBCA/Kodak All-America First Team (1989 and '90).
Azzi was a catalyst of Stanford's first national championship team in 1990, leading the Cardinal to a 32-1 record and an 88-81 victory over Auburn in the national final in Knoxville. She averaged 14.7 points a game while passing out 192 assists and making 60 steals. She also shot 49.7% from the floor, including a solid 44.2% (68-for-154) mark from beyond the arc. In the title game against Auburn, Azzi drilled four three-pointers, passed out five assists, and scored 17 points in the victory over the Tigers.
She finished her four-year Stanford career with 1,634 career points (eighth all-time), 13.4 points per game (tied for ninth all-time), 191 three-pointers made (seventh), and left The Farm as the Cardinal's all-time leader in career assists (751) and steals (271), while currently she is second and third all-time, respectively, in each category.
Following her collegiate career, Azzi embarked on a professional career that saw her make stops in Italy (1990-91), France (1991-93), and Sweden (1994-95) before returning to the United States. In the American portion of her career, Azzi started out playing for the San Jose Lasers of the American Basketball League from 1996-98, then, upon the folding of the ABL, joined the WNBA for five seasons. During her WNBA career, Azzi played for three teams, the Detroit Shock (1999), Utah Starzz (2000-02), and the San Antonio Silver Stars (2003).
Internationally, Azzi was a member of the USA Basketball Senior National Team from 1990-91, and 1993-98. During that time, she was a member of the gold medal-winning 1996 team (helmed by VanDerveer) that concluded a perfect 60-0 1995-96 season with an 8-0 Olympic run.
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