Maylana Martin

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Maylana Martin
Medal record
Women's basketball
Representing the  United States
U18 and U19
Silver medal – second place 1996 U18 Chetumal, Mexico Team Competition
Gold medal – first place 1997 U19 Natal, Brazil Team Competition

Maylana Lynn Martin (born April 17, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American former professional women's basketball player and currently a collegiate coach.

Although born in Hawaii, she grew up in Southern California. She attended Perris High School, where she was a multi-sport athlete, being a four-year letterman in basketball, lettered for three years in volleyball, and lettered for two years on the track team.

Martin attended college at UCLA and graduated in 2000. She began her professional career with the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association during the 2000 WNBA Draft, and played with the team for two years.

In 2002, the Lynx traded Martin and teammate Erin Buescher to the Charlotte Sting in exchange for Shaunzinski Gortman, the Sting's 9th overall selection in the 2002 WNBA Draft. However, she was waived by the Sting during their pre-season training camp.

She began her coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Portland in 2003. Beginning with 2004, she served as an assistant coach to her alma mater, UCLA.

Now serves as an assistant at Pepperdine University since 2008. Maylana is married to USC Lineman Rome Douglas

USA Basketball[edit]

Martin was named to the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team (now called the U18 team). The team participated in the third Junior World Championship, held in Chetumal, Mexico in late August and early September 1996. The USA team won their early games easily, but lost by four points to the team from Brazil, ending up with the silver medal for the event.[1]

Martin continued with the team when it was invited to the 1997 FIBA Junior World Championship (now called U19) held in Natal, Brazil. In the opening game against Japan, Martin had a double-double with 24 points and eleven rebounds, leading the team to a win. The next game was against Australia, the defending champion. The USA team pulled out to a 13-point lead in the second half, but gave up the lead and lost the game 80–74. The USA rebounded with a close 92–88 victory over Cuba, helped by 23 points from Martin and Lynn Pride. The USA then went on to beat previously unbeaten Russia. After winning the next two games, the USA faced Australia in the gold medal game. The USA team has a three-point lead late, but the Aussies hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Although the Aussies scored first, the USA team came back, held on to win 78–74 to earn the gold, and the first medal for a USA team at a Junior World Championship. Martin was the leading scorer for the USA team with 17.9 points per game and the second leading rebounder with 7.0 per game.[2]

Vital statistics[edit]

She was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Third Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team -- 1996". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fourth FIBA Women's U19/Junior World Championship -- 1997". USA Basketball. January 20, 2011. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

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