Cindy Brown (basketball)

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Cindy Brown
Medal record
Women's Basketball
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place Seoul 1988 United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place USA 1987 Team Competition
Gold medal – first place 1985 World University Games Kobe, Japan Team Competition
FIBA World Championship for Women
Gold medal – first place 1986 World Championships Moscow Team Competition

Cynthia Louise "Cindy" Brown (born March 16, 1965 in Portland, Oregon) is a retired American women's basketball player, at the college, Olympic and professional levels. Brown was a member of the USA Basketball team which went on to win a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1987,[1] and the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.[2] She was also a member of the gold medal winning team for the USA at the 1985 World University Games, and the 1986 World Championship team.[3][4]

College career[edit]

Brown played basketball for Long Beach State University between 1983 and 1987.[5] As a senior, she set two NCAA scoring records—the most points in a single season (974) and the most points in a single game (60).[5] The 60 point game was against San Jose State, a game Long Beach would win 149–69.[6][7] Brown was a member of the Final Four All-Tournament team in 1987, and earned first team All-America honors in 1986 and 1987.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Because the U.S. lacked a women's pro league, Brown played professionally in Europe and Japan for almost a decade.[5] She played for:

  • Sidis Ancona (Italy) 1987–1988[5]
  • Toshiba Yana Gi Cho (Japan) 1988–1992[5]
  • Faenza Errieti Club (Italy) 1992–1994[5]
  • Elizur Holon (Israel) 1994–1996[5]

She was selected by the Seattle Reign in the second round of the ABL Draft on June 19, 1996. A 6'-1" center/power forward, a tenacious rebounder and a strong inside scoring presence, Brown earned Second Team All-ABL honors following the 1996-97 season.[5] She was assigned to the site of her college success, the expansion Long Beach Stingrays on April 26, 1997. Before she ever reported to Long Beach, however, Brown signed with the rival WNBA.

The WNBA allocated Brown to the Detroit Shock prior to the 1998 season.[5] In her first season with the Shock, she finished second in the WNBA in rebounding, and was named to the 1998 All-WNBA Second Team. Brown broke the Shock franchise record at Utah on August 10 by grabbing 21 rebounds in a game against Utah (a record which Cheryl Ford tied on June 22, 2003 at Connecticut, and which Ford broke on May 22, 2004 when she snagged 22 boards at San Antonio).

On July 29, 1999, midway through her second WNBA season, Brown was traded, along with Korie Hlede, to the Utah Starzz,[8] for Wendy Palmer and Olympia Scott-Richardson. Brown played only 9 games for Utah, and retired from the WNBA following the 1999 season.


  1. ^ "TENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1987". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Games of the XXIVth Olympiad -- 1988". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ "THIRTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1985". USA Basketball. Retrieved 14 Oct 2013. 
  4. ^ "TENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1986". USA Basketball. Retrieved 14 Oct 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Porter p. 57
  6. ^ "IN THE NEWS Cindy Brown". LATimes. 17 February 1987. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cindy Brown Has 60 Points in 149-69 Win". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). February 17, 1987. Retrieved 16 Dec 2013. 
  8. ^ Porter p. 58


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

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