of the most popular players in women's basketball history are
from the Garden State. Anne Theresa Donovan, a native
of Ridgewood, played on three U.S. Olympic basketball teams
during the 1980s, winning the gold 1984 and 1988. Donovan played
on a total of 12 U.S. National teams. She was elected to the
Hall of Fame.
Blazejowski, a Cranford High School graduate and three
time All-America at Montclair State, was one of women's basketball's
greatest scorers. Blazejowski set national records for points
in a career (3,199) and points in a season (1,235). She averaged
31.7 points per game in her career and 38.6 points in her
best season. Blazejowski was captain of the 1980 Olympic
team, and she was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.
1976, Rutgers became the first school in the nation to name
a full-time basketball coach for its women's team. Theresa
Grentz coached the Scarlet Knights for nearly twenty years.
Rutgers was one of the most successful women's teams during
that time. Their success has continued under current coach Vivian
Stringer. Rutgers reached the Final Four in 2000.
New York Liberty's Sue Wicks, one of the WNBA's most
popular players, first made a name for herself as a star at
Rutgers. The WNBA All-Star was named Naismith Player of the
Year as the nation's best female college basketball player.
NBA Players born in NJ