Edna Campbell

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Edna Campbell
Medal record
Women’s basketball
Competitor for the  United States
Jones Cup
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.[1] Campbell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

College years[edit]

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.

USA Basketball[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

ABL career[edit]

Campbell played for the Colorado Xplosion in the American Basketball League (ABL).

WNBA career[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

WNBA career totals

Year Team G GS MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PTM 3PTA REB AST STL TO BLK PTS
1999 PHX 28 24 750 95 261 40 56 38 101 53 37 25 48 10 268
2000 SEA 16 16 510 84 215 41 58 13 49 34 37 19 40 4 222
2001 SAC 32 32 854 92 244 33 43 43 94 85 74 19 64 9 260
2002 SAC 1 0 12 2 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 4
2003 SAC 34 34 724 98 244 25 33 46 111 70 43 21 43 5 267
2004 SAC 22 22 332 29 76 0 2 16 39 19 16 5 15 2 74
2005 SA 28 2 248 21 67 1 1 5 19 14 14 7 15 0 48
Totals 161 130 3,430 421 1,112 140 193 161 415 276 221 97 225 30 1,143

WNBA Career Averages

Year Team MIN FG% FT% 3PT% REB AST STL TO BLK PTS
1999 PHX 26.8 .364 .714 .376 1.9 1.3 0.9 1.7 0.4 9.6
2000 SEA 31.9 .391 .707 .265 2.1 2.3 1.2 2.5 0.3 13.9
2001 SAC 26.7 .377 .767 .457 2.7 2.3 0.6 2.0 0.3 8.1
2002 SAC 12.0 .400 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 4.0
2003 SAC 21.3 .402 .758 .414 2.1 1.3 0.6 1.3 0.2 7.9
2004 SAC 15.1 .382 .000 .410 0.9 0.7 0.2 0.7 0.1 3.4
2005 SA 8.9 .313 1.000 .263 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.0 1.7
Totals 21.3 .379 .725 .388 1.7 1.4 0.6 1.4 0.2 7.1

WNBA Career Playoff Totals

Year Team G GS MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PTM 3PTA REB AST STL TO BLK PTS
2001 SAC 5 5 115 11 31 2 3 4 9 11 11 5 5 1 28
2003 SAC 6 6 148 17 36 2 2 4 16 4 11 1 8 0 40
2004 SAC 6 6 102 10 25 0 0 6 14 11 5 3 2 0 26
Totals 17 17 365 38 92 4 5 14 39 26 27 9 15 1 94

WNBA Career Playoff Averages

Year Team MIN FG% FT% 3PT% REB AST STL TO BLK PTS
2001 SAC 23.0 .355 .667 .444 2.2 2.2 1.0 1.0 0.2 5.6
2003 SAC 24.7 .472 1.000 .250 0.7 1.8 0.2 1.3 0.0 6.7
2004 SAC 17.0 .400 .000 .429 1.8 0.8 0.5 0.3 0.0 4.3
Totals 21.5 .413 .800 .359 1.5 1.6 0.5 0.9 0.1 5.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Honorees: 2010 National Women’s History Month". Women's History Month. National Women's History Project. 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "1987 Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013. 
  3. ^ "1988 Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013. 
  4. ^ "Twelvth [sic] Pan American Games -- 1995". USA Basketball. Retrieved 16 Oct 2013. 
  5. ^ "Thirteenth World Championship For Women -- 1998". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013. 

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