Jennifer Azzi Inducted To Women's Basketball Hall Of Fame
July 14, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Former Stanford basketball standout Jennifer Azzi `90 was announced as one of six inductees to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, becoming the second Stanford member to receive the honor. Azzi, a two-time All-American and the catalyst of Stanford's first national championship team in 1990, will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame's induction ceremony next June 19 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Azzi, a senior on Stanford's first national title-winning team in 1990, remains among the Cardinal's most decorated women's basketball players even 18 years following the conclusion of her time on The Farm. After four years wearing the Cardinal and White, Azzi finished her career with 1,634 career points, second all-time following the 1990 season, and currently seventh on the Stanford career lists. She also averaged 13.4 points per game for her career (eighth all-time), made 191 three-pointers (sixth), 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.
The individual honors and accolades that Azzi earned in her career include being the first-ever Stanford player to be named Wade Trophy National Player of the Year, James Naismith National Player of the Year, and Honda-Broderick National Player of the Year. Azzi also holds the distinction of being Stanford's first Kodak All-American, being named to the First Team in both the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.
In that 1989-90 season, Azzi led the Cardinal to a 32-1 record and an 88-81 victory over Auburn in the national final in Konxville. That year, Azzi 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.
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 1993-97. 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.
With the induction, Azzi now becomes the second Stanford inductee to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Class of 2002 member and current Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer.
Along with Azzi, the Class of 2009 is composed of Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Jennifer Gillom, Sonja Hogg, Ora Washington, and Jill Hutchison.