|Competitor for the United States|
|Gold||1987 Jones Cup Taipei, Taiwan||Team Competition|
|Silver||1988 Jones Cup Taipei, Taiwan||Team Competition|
|FIBA World Championship for Women|
|Gold||1998 World Championships Berlin, Germany||Team Competition|
Edna Campbell (born November 26, 1968) is a licensed vocational nurse and medical exercise specialist. Most Recently, Edna wrote The Breast Cancer Recovery Manual. This manual is based on Edna's personal bout and recovery from breast cancer. Edna is a retired women's basketball player who played in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The 5 ft 8 in guard played with the Sacramento Monarchs as well as three other teams, but is well known for continuing to play despite suffering breast cancer. In 2004 she was designated a Women's History Month honoree by the National Women's History Project. Campbell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Campbell's college career began at the University of Maryland, College Park, but achieved her most notable success at the University of Texas' women's team, known as the Lady Longhorns, where she was named the Southwest Conference's Newcomer of the Year in 1990. She graduated in 1991 after the Lady Longhorns compiled a 48-14 won/loss record while she was there.
Campbell was named to the team representing the USA at the 1987 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan. The team won all seven games to win the gold medal for the event. The USA was down at halftime in the opening game against Japan, but came back in the second half to win, helped by 15 points from Campbell. She averaged 9.7 points per game over the seven games, and was named to the all-tournament team.
In the following year, 1988, Campbell was also named to the Jones Cup team. The USA team was not as successful, with a 3–2 record, but that was enough to secure the silver medal. She averaged 5.6 points per game and tied for the team lead with 15 steals. Campbell was selected to represent the USA at the 1995 USA Women's Pan American Games, however, only four teams committed to participate, so the event was cancelled.
Campbell was named to the USA national team in 1998. The national team traveled to Berlin, Germany in July and August 1998 for the FIBA World Championships. The USA team won a close opening game against Japan 95–89, then won their next six games easily. In the semifinal game against Brazil, the USA team was behind as much as ten points in the first half, but the USA went on to win 93–79. The gold medal game was a rematch against Russia. In the first game, the USA team dominated almost from the beginning, but in the rematch, the team from Russia took the early lead and led much of the way. With under two minutes remaining, the USA was down by two points but the USA responded, then held on to win the gold medal 71–65. Campbell played limited minutes but had two steals.
Campbell played for the Colorado Xplosion in the American Basketball League (ABL).
Campbell was the 10th overall draft pick, selected by the Phoenix Mercury during the 1999 WNBA Draft. She was left unprotected in the expansion draft the following year, and was chosen by the Seattle Storm. She became the new franchise's go-to option, but the team finished with a cellar-dwelling 6-26 record.
The next year, the Storm drafted its first superstar, Lauren Jackson, and Campbell was traded to the Sacramento Monarchs for Katy Steding and a draft pick. During the second of her four seasons in Sacramento, Campbell was diagnosed with breast cancer. She received treatment and was welcomed back before the fans of her two most recent teams in the Monarchs' final game against Seattle during the 2002 season.
Campbell continued to play despite her diagnosis, and has become a symbol to survivors of the disease. She became the WNBA's national spokesperson for its anti-cancer efforts with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She received the league's Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award in 2003.
Campbell signed a free agent contract with the San Antonio Silver Stars in 2005. She played with the Silver Stars for that one season, before announcing her retirement from the WNBA on February 28, 2006.
During the 2006 WNBA season, which honored nine years of the league's existence, Campbell's return from breast cancer was nominated by fans as Most Inspirational and one of the top four WNBA Anniversary decade moments.
Life after basketball
Shortly after retiring from basketball, Edna was hired as a television commentator for the San Antonio Silver Stars games during the 2006 WNBA season. Edna then became a nurse in 2008, and also coached high school girls.
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- "Honorees: 2010 National Women’s History Month". Women's History Month. National Women's History Project. 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
- "1987 Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- "1988 Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- "Twelvth [sic] Pan American Games -- 1995". USA Basketball. Retrieved 16 Oct 2013.
- "Thirteenth World Championship For Women -- 1998". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- WNBA player profile
- Silver Stars bio
- Story on her bout with cancer
- Silver Stars' February 28, 2006 press release on her retirement
- The Breast Cancer Recovery Manual[dead link], by Campbell