July 19, 1964 |
|WNBA head coach of|
|Tulsa Shock (2011)|
|WNBA assistant coach of|
|Minnesota Lynx (2007)
Tulsa Shock (2011)
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Teresa Edwards (born July 19, 1964 in Cairo, Georgia) is an American former women's basketball player and coach. In 2000, Sports Illustrated magazine placed her as 22nd of the "100 Greatest Female Athletes of the 20th Century".
Edwards attended Cairo High School in Georgia, where she was a four year starter. In her junior and senior years, the Syrupmakers were 58–3. She scored 1,982 points in her high school career, and was honored as the Georgia High School Player of the Year in 1982.
Edwards began her college career at the University of Georgia where she was a two time All-American. She was the starting point guard for the Georgia Bulldogs, helping lead them to the Final Four in 1983 and 1985. Edwards played in her first Olympic Games as a collegian, and was the youngest member of the team,in 1984. Her college jersey number (#5) was retired, making her one of only three Lady Bulldog players given that honor.
She earned her degree in Leisure Studies in 1990.
Edwards was the star player and head coach for the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League (ABL). She played in the ABL inaugural game between the Glory and the San Jose Lasers, won by the lasers 78–70. She also played for the Philadelphia Rage.
During the 2003 WNBA Draft, at the urging of Minnesota Lynx head coach Suzie McConnell Serio, the Lynx selected Edwards even though she was 38 years old. Edwards and Serio were teammates on the women's basketball team during the Summer Olympics of 1988 and 1992.
Edwards played for the Lynx during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Afterward, her contract expired and she became a free agent. But no other WNBA team offered her a contract for the 2005 season.
In December 2006, Edwards returned to Lynx, as an assistant coach.
After Edwards graduated, she played abroad for nine seasons splitting time between Vicenza- Italy, Nagoya- Japan, Spain(Dorna Godella), and France (Tarbes and Valenciennes). During this time, she also continued to appear in international competition.
After the 1994 season, she stayed in the United States to train for her fourth Olympic appearance at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Edwards was selected to take the competitors' oath at the Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta (the opening ceremonies took place on her 32nd birthday). She was named the 1996 Sportswoman of the Year (in the team category) by the Women's Sports Foundation.
She competed for the United States in international competition a total of 19 times. Her teams won 14 gold medals.
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. Edwards averaged 5.5 points per game.
Edwards is the first female basketball player to have played in five Olympics. She is jointly (with Australian Andrew Gaze) the third basketball player to compete at five Olympics along with Puerto Rican Teófilo Cruz and Brazilian Oscar Schmidt.
Edwards 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. Edwards led the team in scoring with 23 points against China. The USA won the gold medal game by a single point over South Korea, helped by Edwards key free throws with a minute left in the game. She was the team's second leading scorer with 12.4 points per game over the seven games, and was named to the all-tournament team. In the following year, 1988, Edwards 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 15.4 points per game to lead her team in scoring.
She also holds the record for points in a women's basketball game in the United States with 46.
Awards and honors
- 2010: Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 
- 2009–2012: USA Basketball Board of Directors
- 2011: Inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- 2011: NCAA Silver Anniversary Award
- 2013: FIBA Hall of Fame (to be inducted June 19)
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- IOC 1996 Summer Olympics
- WNBA Player Profile
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- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame