Sports Illustrated began a recent feature on its website which looks back at the Top 100 U.S. Olympic Moments in pictures. Bruin Jackie Joyner-Kersee, one of the all-time greatest female track &
field athletes, won her sixth and final Olympic medal at the 1996 Games
in Atlanta. After pulling out of the heptathlon due to injury,
Joyner-Kersee focused on the long jump; her final jump of 22-11 3/4
earned her the bronze medal, making her the most decorated female
athlete at the time.
Team USA wrapped up its international women's basketball tournament in China with a 65-55 win over the Chinese National "B" team. The Americans, which featured several players from the Pac-12 conference, including UCLA's Rebekah Gardner, finished with an 8-1 record on the tour.
Gardner was named MVP of the Zhongxian stage of the tournament and was named All-Tournament in the first stage of the event in Fuling, China. She averaged 11.7 points on the trip and scored in double digits in seven contests.
The start of the new WNBA season is right around the corner for former Bruins Darxia Morris and Noelle Quinn. Morris was signed by the Los Angeles Sparks during the off-season and scored four points and handed out five assists in a 98-71 exhibition win over the Chinese National team over the weekend. The Sparks will host the Japanese National team on May 10 at LA Southwest College before starting the regular season on May 18 at the Seattle Storm. Quinn was traded to the Washington Mystics over the off-season and her new team will be in action on May 10 in an exhibition contest at the Chicago Sky. The Mystics open the regular season versus Chicago on May 19.
Rebekah Gardner helped lead Team USA to a couple of wins over the weekend in the Xiangyang stage of an international women's basketball tournament being played in China. The Americans defeated Austrailia 66-39, with Gardner scoring six points and grabbing four boards. The USA added an 84-36 win over New Zealand, which up its record on the trip to 7-1. Gardner scored eight points in that second contest. The All-Star team will wrap up its trip to China with a game against the "B" team from the Chinese National squad.
Team USA member Rebekah Gardner was named the MVP of the Zhongxian stage of the international women's basketball tournament being played this week in China. She scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in the final game of the tournament, a 90-58 win over Australia on May 3. Gardner scored in double-digits in each contest in this three-game stage of the event, including a double-double (10/10) in a win over China. Earlier in the week, Team USA
bested New Zealand, 83-36, behind 15 points from Gardner, in a game
played before over 3,000 fans.
Rebekah Gardner helped lead Team USA to a pair of wins in the second stage of an international women's basketball tournament in China. The Americans defeated China 66-43 on Wednesday, May 2, in a game played in Zhongxian City. Gardner recorded her first double-double of the tournament with 10 points and 10 rebounds in that contest. Earlier in the week, Team USA bested New Zealand, 83-36, behind 15 points from Gardner, in a game played before over 3,000 fans.