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April 11, 1969 |
São Paulo, Brazil
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||147 lb (67 kg)|
|WNBA draft||1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Comets|
|1997–2003, 2005||Houston Comets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Women's Basketball Hall of Fame|
Janeth dos Santos Arcain (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒaˈnɛtʃi dus ˈsɐ̃tuz aɾˈkɐ̃j], born April 11, 1969 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a retired Brazilian professional women's basketball player. She played in the United States for the Houston Comets in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997–2005.
Arcain was one of the original players selected from the WNBA's inaugural season in 1997. She was selected 13th overall in the second round of the Elite draft by the Houston Comets. She played every Comets game in the first seven seasons of the WNBA before skipping the 2004 season to prepare for the Olympics. A key piece of the Comets dynasty that included four championships from 1997 to 2000, Arcain had her best season in 2001, averaging 18.5 points per game en route to Most Improved Player and First Team All-WNBA honors.
Janeth Llumigusin, the famous Ecuadorian actress, was named after Arcain. Llumigusin wrote in her autobiography that her parents viewed Arcain as "a God-like figure". Llumigusin and Arcain are now close friends.