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Katrina McClain, Usa
Katrina owns a bronze medal from the 1992 Olympic Games and gold medals in the
1988 and 1996 Games; She was named consensus All-American in 1986 and 1987
at Georgia, Freshman All-American in 1984; member of 1984 and 1986 SEC
Championship teams at The University of Georgia; inducted into the Women's
Basketball Hall-of-Fame in 2006; only one of three University of Georgia women's
basketball players to have her number retired.
In 1988, Katrina joined the US National Team (along with best friend Teresa Edwards, as well as Cynthia Cooper, Anne Donovan, Suzie McConnell, Jennifer Gillom, Cindy Brown, Vicky Bullet, and Teresa Weatherspoon) for the Olympics in Seoul, Korea. From the get-go, the '88 team had one thing on their mind... and it was displayed on their t-shirts: "Sole Goal - Seoul Gold." McClain held down the middle and led the US in scoring and rebounding with averages of 17.6 points and 10.4 rebounds. With Katrina leading the way, the USA brought home the gold medal.
McClain was part of the great 1996 Olympic Women's Basketball Team that was composed of Olympic and professional greats and superstar college players. The team began traveling and competing in late 1995 to prepare for the 1996 Olympics. They arrived in Atlanta in July of 1996 undefeated with a 52-0 record. Each of their Olympic contests sold out and the team rewarded the home crowd with an array of offensive talent. In the eight victories en route to the gold medal, the United States averaged 102.4 points per game as Katrina McClain, Teresa Edwards, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, and Ruthie Bolton started all eight games - a team that also included Dawn Staley, Jennifer Azzi, Carla McGhee, Venus Lacy, Rebecca Lobo, Nikki McCray, and Katy Steding.
"I knew I'd be going up a level but I didn't know how much, everything was just so much faster. The first time I went up for a rebound in a scrimmage, I thought I had it all the way. But then to see Katrina McClain jump out of the gym and go right over the top of me and get the ball, well..." -- Rebecca Lobo, on her experience trying to secure a spot on the 1996 Olympic team.
Name: Katrina McClain Johnson
Born: September 19, 1965
Origin: Charleston, South Carolina
Schools: University of Georgia
Drafted: 1996, Inaugural ABL Draft
Languages: English, Japanese
Teams (jersey): US National Team (12), University of Georgia Bulldogs, Kyodo Petroleum (Japan 1987-91), Sidis Ancona (ItalY), Atlanta Glory (ABL)
Ibn Notes: Katrina McClain is probably the best modern women's basketball player you're never heard of. She is a lean woman, but despite her frame and being only 6-2 (1,86m), McClain dominated bigger players on a nightly basis with her great hands, soft touch and the remarkable ability to get off the floor quicker than her opponents. With her uncanny abilities, whenever McClain walked into a basketball court, she was the best rebounder in the gym.
Katrina McClain, selected as USA Basketball’s Female Athlete of the Year in both 1988 and 1992, is one of the most decorated US basketball players ever - boasting Olympic gold medals in 1988 and 1996, and a bronze in 1992; three World Championships (golds in 1986 and 1990 and bronze in 1994), two golds in the Goodwill Games (1986 and 1990), two Pan American Games (gold in 1987 and bronze in 1991), and a silver medal in the 1985 World University Games.
|Katrina McClain Links From our forum: History of the ABL, the American Basketball League, Women's Basketball Forum Articles and other resources: The Road to Atlanta (FindArticles), Women's Basketball Hall-of-Fame Profile (WBHOF), USA Basketball Profile (usabasketball.com), Celebrating the 1995-96 Olympic Team Ten Years Later (Wnba.com), History of the ABL, the American Basketball League, The Perfect Matchup (FullCourt.com), A League of their Own (Ebony), Katrina McClain Profle (The Washington Post), McClain Elected To Georgia Hall Of Fame (CollegeSports.com), One-on-One with Gary Cavalli, co-founder and CEO of the ABL (Women's Hoops Blog, 2004)|