Tresa Spaulding Hamson

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Medal record
Representing  United States
Women’s Basketball
World University Games
Gold medal – first place 1983 Edmonton, Canada Team Competition
Gold medal – first place 1985 World University Games Kobe, Japan Team Competition

Tresa Spaulding Hamson was an American basketball player for the BYU Cougars women's basketball team from 1983 to 1987. She was raised in Meridian, Idaho.

Her freshman year, she was named to the Women's Basketball Yearbook All-American honors first team and was a Street & Smith All-American honorable mention. As a sophomore she was named First Team All-HCAC, Kodak Division I All-District VII, and American Women's Sports Federation fourth team All-America. Her junior year she was ranked third in the nation for points per game (25.2 average) and seventh in field goal percentage (.636).[1] That same year she also earned HCAC Player of the Year honors and was named Kodak Division I All-District VII. Her senior year, she had the highest points per game in the nation, averaging 28.9, and was also second in the nation in field goal percentage (.652). She again earned the HCAC Player of the Year award, claimed her third straight Kodak Division I District VII award, and was named AWSF First Team All-America, with the designation of "Best Center in America".

During her collegiate career, she also participated as an alternate for the Team USA at the 1984 Olympics. After college, she played two seasons in Europe. In 1998, she was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame.

Hamson earned two degrees from Brigham Young University: a bachelor's degree in youth leadership, and a master's degree in physical education. Her daughter Jennifer also played for BYU, starring in both basketball and volleyball.[2] Her son Alan, who stands 7-foot-3, will join BYU's basketball team as a walk-on in 2015.

Hamson still holds many records at BYU, including the following:

Place Record Name Record
Second Career points 2,309
Second Career scoring average 23.4
Second Career rebounds 980
First field goal percentage (minimum 150 attempts) .609
First Career blocked shots 494
First Points in a single game 50 vrs UNM 1987
Second Points in a single game 50 vrs UNM 1987
First Blocks in a single game 11 vrs Houston in 1986
Third Season scoring average 29.8 1986-1987 (also led the nation that season)

USA Basketball[edit]

Spaulding played on the 1983 World University games team, coached by Jill Hutchison. She helped the team win the gold medal for the USA team.[3]

Spaulding played for the USA World University Games team in Kobe, Japan in 1985. The team brought home a silver medal, after falling to the USSR. The team trailed by 18 points at one time, mounted a come-back attempt but fell short, losing 87–81. Spaulding averaged 1.0 point per game.[4]


  1. ^ "Tresa Spaulding Hamson Athlete Profile | The Official Site of BYU Athletics". Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  2. ^ McGrane, Mick (2010-11-24). "BYU's Hamson Has Cougar Fans Seeing Double - The Mountain West Conference". Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Twelvth [sic] World University Games -- 1983". USA Basketball. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "THIRTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1985". USA Basketball. Retrieved 28 Apr 2014. 

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