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Teresa Edwards

Abl, All Too Briefly

Playing for the Atlanta Glory when the women's professional American Basketball League began in 1996-97, Edwards made the all-league first team and was runner-up to 1996 Olympic teammate Nikki McCray in the voting for most valuable player. Four times in two seasons, she scored more than 40 points in a game. A year later, with the added responsibilities of player-coach, Edwards again made all-league first team and led the ABL in assists (6.7).

After the 1997-98 season, she was traded to the Philadelphia Rage, but the league folded right before Christmas, unable to compete financially with the fledgling Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Edwards had been the league's leader in scoring (21.0 points per game) at the time it dissolved. She felt she could have done well in the WNBA, but they could not meet her financial demands.


1964 Born July 19 in Cairo, Georgia
1987-88 Plays pro basketball in Vicenza and Magenta, Italy
1989-93 Plays pro basketball in Nagoya, Japan
1994 Plays pro basketball in Valencia, Spain and Tarbes, France
1996 Signs with Atlanta Glory of fledgling American Basketball League
1996 Takes Olympic oath at Atlanta Summer Games
1997 Named Atlanta Glory player-coach
1998 Traded to ABL's Philadelphia Rage
1998 ABL folds on December 23

Awards and Accomplishments

1980 Wins high jump in Georgia state high school track and field championships
1982 High school All-America at Cairo (Ga.) High School
1983 Leads University of Georgia to Final Four semifinals
1983 Leads University of Georgia to Final Four championship game
1983 Freshman All-America
1984 Gold medalist, Los Angeles Olympic Games
1984-86 All Southeastern Conference first team selection three straight seasons
1985-86 All-American selection two successive seasons
1987 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year
1987 University of Georgia retires her number (5)
1988 Gold medalist, Seoul Olympic Games
1990 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year
1992 Bronze medalist and co-captain, Barcelona Olympic Games
1996 Gold medalist, Atlanta Olympic Games
1996 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year
1998 Names All-ABL First Team
2000 Gold medalist, Sydney Olympic Games

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