Former Lady Bulldog Edwards ready for FIBA Hall of Fame induction

Former Georgia Lady Bulldog Teresa Edwards will be enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame this Wednesday in ceremonies in Mies, Switzerland.

“What can I say? It took me all around the world,” Edwards said. “Now the FIBA Hall of Fame is calling me home to stay forever. Who in their right mind wouldn’t be excited about this?”

Edwards helped the U.S. win four gold medals and a bronze in her five Olympics from 1984-2000, making her the most decorated Olympic basketball player ever. Oscar Schmidt of Brazil and Andrew Gaze of Australia played in five Olympics but never won a medal. Edwards also holds the distinction of being both the youngest and oldest women’s basketball player to ever win Olympic gold.

Edwards is among 12 members of the 2013 FIBA Hall of Fame class. Other inductees include: players Jean-Jacques Conceiçao (Angola), Andrew Gaze (Australia), Paula Gonçalves (Brazil), David Robinson (USA) and Zoran Slavnic (Serbia); coaches John ‘Jack’ Donohue (Canada), Cesare Rubini (Italy) and Pat Summitt (USA); technical officials Valentin Lazarov (Bulgaria) and Costas Rigas (Greece); and contributor Aldo Vitale (Italy).

Edwards enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at the University of Georgia. She helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to their first-ever NCAA Final Four as a freshman in 1983, an NCAA runner-up finish in 1985 and SEC Championships in 1983, 1984 and 1986. Edwards was a two-time All-American and finished her collegiate career with 1,989 points, 653 assists and 342 steals. Georgia compiled a 116-17 record during her four seasons in Athens.

Edwards is being inducted into her eighth hall of fame. In succession, she has previously been enshrined in UGA’s all-sports Circle of Honor in 1995, the State of Georgia’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grady County (Ga.) Sports Hall of Game in 2009, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2011.

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