June 14, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
Jennifer Azzi, Stanford women's basketball's first national and conference player of the year and WBCA/Kodak All-American, was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Knoxville, Tenn. Saturday night. She becomes Stanford's second representative in the Hall, joining head coach Tara VanDerveer, who was inducted in 2002.
Azzi, who played at Stanford from 1987-90, was one of three Olympic gold medalists among the six-member class that also included Sonja Hogg, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Jennifer Gillom, Jill Hutchison and Ora Washington.
Over her four-year career, Azzi became the first Cardinal women's basketball player to earn the Wade Trophy, the James Naismith Player of the Year award, and the Honda-Broderick National Player of the Year honor while also being Stanford's first WBCA/Kodak All-American. She earned the three national player of the year awards as a senior in 1989-90, while twice being named to the WBCA/Kodak All-America First Team (1989 and '90).
Azzi was a catalyst of Stanford's first national championship team in 1990, leading the Cardinal to a 32-1 record and an 88-81 victory over Auburn in the national final in Knoxville. She averaged 14.7 points a game while passing out 192 assists and making 60 steals. She also shot 49.7% from the floor, including a solid 44.2% (68-for-154) mark from beyond the arc. In the title game against Auburn, Azzi drilled four three-pointers, passed out five assists, and scored 17 points in the victory over the Tigers.
She finished her four-year Stanford career with 1,634 career points (eighth all-time), 13.4 points per game (tied for ninth all-time), 191 three-pointers made (seventh), and left The Farm as the Cardinal's all-time leader in career assists (751) and steals (271), while currently she is second and third all-time, respectively, in each category.
Following her collegiate career, Azzi embarked on a professional career that saw her make stops in Italy (1990-91), France (1991-93), and Sweden (1994-95) before returning to the United States. In the American portion of her career, Azzi started out playing for the San Jose Lasers of the American Basketball League from 1996-98, then, upon the folding of the ABL, joined the WNBA for five seasons. During her WNBA career, Azzi played for three teams, the Detroit Shock (1999), Utah Starzz (2000-02), and the San Antonio Silver Stars (2003).
Internationally, Azzi was a member of the USA Basketball Senior National Team from 1990-91, and 1993-98. During that time, she was a member of the gold medal-winning 1996 team (helmed by VanDerveer) that concluded a perfect 60-0 1995-96 season with an 8-0 Olympic run.