Janice Lawrence Braxton

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Janice Lawrence Braxton
Medal record
Women's basketball
Competitor for the  United States
Pan American Games
Gold 1983 Venezuela Team competition
FIBA World Championship for Women
Silver 1983 World Championships Rio de Janeiro Team Competition
Jones Cup
Gold 1984 Jones Cup Taipei, Taiwan Team Competition
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Team competition

Janice Faye Lawrence Braxton (born June 7, 1962) is an American professional women's basketball player.[1] She was born in Lucedale, Mississippi.

College[edit]

She played college basketball for Louisiana Tech, where she helped lead the Lady Techsters to national championships in 1981 and 1982.[1] While only a sophomore in 1982, she was the leading scorer in the NCAA tournament, and was named the tournament MVP.[1]

USA Basketball[edit]

Braxton was a member of the 1983 Pan American team that won a gold medal in Venezuela.[2]

Braxton was a member of the USA National team at the 1983 World Championships, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The team won six games, but lost two against the Soviet Union. In an opening round game, the USA team had a nine point lead at halftime, but the Soviets came back to take the lead, and a final shot by the USA failed to drop,leaving the USSR team with a one point victory 85–84. The USA team won their next four games, setting up the gold medal game against USSR. This game was also close, and was tied at 82 points each with six seconds to go in the game. The Soviets Elena Chausova received the inbounds pass and hit the game winning shot in the final seconds, giving the USSR team the gold medal with a score of 84–82. The USA team earned the silver medal. Braxton averaged 8.9 points per game.[3]

In 1984, the USA sent its National team to the 1984 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan, for pre-Olympic practice. The team easily beat each of the eight teams they played, winning by an average of just under 50 points per game. Braxton averaged 6.7 points per game. [4]

She won a gold medal with the USA Women's Olympic basketball team in 1984.[5]

She was inducted into the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2006, Braxton was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Knoxville, Tennessee.[6]

Professional Career[edit]

Braxton played for the New York team in the Women's American Basketball Association, a short-lived league in the mid-80's (not to be confused with WABA a league of the same name existing in 2002).[7]

Braxton played 13 seasons in Europe with Vicenza, Messina and Parma in Italian League. The Vicenza team won four European Champions Cup while Braxton played for the team, scoring almost 23 points per game. She earned All-Star honors in 1997.[7]

She spent two seasons playing for the Cleveland Rockers in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

1997-1999: Cleveland Rockers

In 2003, she joined the Cleveland Rockers as an assistant coach.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1982—NCAA Tournament MVP[1]
  • 1983—Kodak All-America[1]
  • 1984—Kodak All-America[1]
  • 1984—Wade Trophy[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Porter p. 53
  2. ^ "NINTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1983". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  3. ^ "NINTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1983". USA Basketball. Retrieved 27 Apr 2014. 
  4. ^ "1984 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013. 
  5. ^ "Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad -- 1984". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  6. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  7. ^ a b c Porter p. 54
  8. ^ "The Wade Trophy". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 

References[edit]

  • David L. Porter, ed. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-30952-6.