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Andrea Congreaves
Andrea Congreaves
DOB3rd Jun 1970
Birthplace
Height1.93 m (6' 4")
PositionCentre
Club
Caps11
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The first British player to ever make it to the WNBA, Congreaves’ talent is summed up by the fact that she did not play professional club basketball in her own country until the age of 35, such had been the demands on her services, not only in the United States but all over Europe.

Congreaves enjoyed almost unbroken success in lengthy spells in Spain and Italy, as well as one-season stops in Turkey and France, before signing for the Rhondda Rebels for the 2005-06 season. Even though she was signed more for the purpose of bringing her incredible experience to bear on the Rebels’ EuroCup campaign, Congreaves was also a major influence domestically. She led the Rebels to the 2006 regular season championship and the 2008 championship before retiring at the end of the 2008-09 campaign.

Having been introduced to the sport by legendary English men’s player Paul Stimpson, at his Crystal Palace basketball school, the 6’2” centre eventually won a scholarship to Mercer in Georgia. A pattern of success started there where she won All-American honours and, after leaving in 1993, began a 13-year European career.

Her first five seasons were spent in Italy and Spain but the formation of the Women’s NBA in 1996 altered her career path dramatically. Congreaves was the 26th pick in the inaugural WNBA draft, chosen by the Charlotte Sting for whom she starred when league play opened in the summer of 1997. In two seasons with the Sting, and a third with the Orlando Miracle, she played in nearly 90 games, ending her WNBA career with averages of 6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 21.9 minutes a game.

While summers were spent in the US, Congreaves’ European career was advancing during the winters. The 1999-2000 season saw her spend her first, and only, season in France with Bourges whom she helped reach the final of the Euroleague and the next five seasons, prior to her return to Britain, were spent in Italy and, predominantly, Spain.

In a late career flurry, Congreaves won the 2003 Spanish championship with U.B. Barca and the 2005 regular season championship and Spanish Cup double with Perfumerias Avenida.

Congreaves’ globetrotting career limited her exposure to the international game although by the time the England team was preparing for the 2006 Commonwealth Games she was back in Britain and, predictably, was the key performer on the bronze medal-winning team, averaging 17.4 points and 9.4 rebounds a game.

By that stage, the GB women’s team was also resurrected and, although injury problems limited her in the 2006 campaign, it was fitting that she returned in 2007 to play her part in the team winning promotion to the A Division of Eurobasket at the first time of asking.

Damian Jennings says: “It is hard to think of a British basketball player who has achieved more and, in the discussion about the best national team player ever, Andrea demands consideration. I would say her greatest asset was her determination, her ability to remain completely focused once the ball goes up. Defensively, she was very physical; offensively, she had a solid inside and outside game. The only regret about Andrea and the GB national team is that we could not get her 10 years earlier in her career, when she was in her prime. But what an ambassador for the sport in Britain.”

 
Date Opposition Mins 2PT FG 3PT FG FT Reb PF Pts
01/09/2007
Estonia Women
1






12/09/2007
Bosnia & Herzegovina Women
18



5

7
15/09/2007
Portugal Women
14



3
3
6
22/09/2007
Netherlands Women
21



6
1
6
26/09/2007
Netherlands Women
22



4
1
14
Total Played 5 76
0
0
0
18
5
33
Averages
15.2
0
0
0
3.6
1
6.6
Competition Team Played Mins 2PT FG 3PT FG FT Reb PF Pts
2007 - Women's EuroBasket
Great Britain Women
5
76



18
5
33
2007 Total

5
76



18
5
33
2007 averages


15.2
0
0
0
3.6
1
6.6
2006 - Women's EuroBasket
Great Britain Women
1
24



5
2
12
2006 Total

1
24



5
2
12
2006 averages


24
0
0
0
5
2
12
Total - Women's EuroBasket

6
100



23
7
45
Total

6
100
0
0
0
23
7
45
Averages


16.67
0
0
0
3.83
1.17
7.5
A plus sign (+) in the played column denotes substitute appearance
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