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Who is the #FIBAWWC GOAT? Vote Now
TENERIFE (FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018) - Many elite level and legendary players have competed at the prestigious FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, but which candidates are bidding to be crowned the Greatest Of All Time aka the GOAT?
We are giving you an opportunity to have a say by casting votes for our nine standout candidates as we look to find out who the fans believe should take the title as the #FIBAWWC GOAT!
Below the voting , you will find more information on each player. We have selected a mixture of MVP's and other standout performers.
Hortencia Marcari - Brazil
The only FIBA Hall of Fame member on our list, this speaks volumes about the quality and legendary status of the Brazilian guard. Marcari has a jaw-dropping record in this competition having top scored at an astonishing four different editions (1973, 1983, 1990 and 1994). The highlight came in 1994 when Brazil won what remains their only title to date as Marcari poured in a mind-blowing 27.6 points per game – including 32 points in the famous 100-107 win against USA in the Semi-Finals. She played at five editions in total.
Hana Horakova - Czech Republic
A towering figure in her homeland and Europe, Horakova was MVP of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2010 when as the host nation, Czech Republic made a surprise run to the Final of the competition. She was the driving force behind her country’s best-ever finish as she contributed 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per outing. She also played at the 2006 edition, as well as being a triple Olympian.
Diana Taurasi - USA
A player who has firmly cemented herself as one of the All-Time legends of the women’s game, Taurasi actually suffered initial disappointment with only bronze in 2006 at this event. But, she then stood on the top podium step in 2010 and 2014 and is possibly gunning for a third World title in a row. There might also be a staggering five Olympic Games appearances if she makes it to Tokyo 2020, while WNBA and EuroLeague Women silverware illuminate her incredible resume.
Lisa Leslie - USA
After the disappointment of Third Place at the 1994 edition, Leslie was an inspiration at the next two events as she catapulted USA to successive titles in 1998 and 2002. It was during her last appearance she shone most brightly, racking up 17.2 points and 8.1 boards per game to take MVP honors. A quadruple Olympian, Leslie is a legend of the WNBA too, with a stack of titles, individual accolades and the mantle of having been the first ever dunker.
Lauren Jackson - Australia
Having topped the scoring charts during the 2002 edition in China when just 21-years-old, Jackson repeated the feat four years later on Brazilian soil. Only this time, it helped fuel a glorious first ever FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup title for the Opals. The legendary forward posted an array of towering performances and then did the same during 2010 at her fourth outing at the event. Her debut actually came as a teenager when she stepped out in 1998 aged 17-years-old.
Maya Moore - USA
This competition is always likely to hold a special place in the heart of Moore, since it was the platform for her first ever major outing at senior level with her country. She helped USA get back to winning ways during 2010 in Czech Republic as they made up for the crushing disappointment of being upset in 2006. Moore then went one better at the next edition in Turkey as she not only took another winners' medal, but was also crowned MVP.
Elena Baranova - Russia
The MVP of the 1998 edition, Baranova guided Russia to the Final with some blistering performances which returned a tournament double-double of more than 14 points and 10 boards per game. She then repeated her classy showing four years later, as her country made the title game once more. A triple Olympian, Baranova is a legend and also known as a trailblazer in the WNBA for Russian players.
Penny Taylor - Australia
The dynamic Taylor was at the heart of the Opals' most famous and historical moment when they lifted the trophy in Brazil at the 2006 edition. She came alive during crunch time in the competition, dropping a sparkling 26 points in the Semi-Final against the hosts and a stellar 28 points in the title game with Russia. Taylor is one of only a handful of players to have competed at four editions (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014).
Sue Bird - USA
A legend of the women's game and especially in her homeland where she recently set the WNBA appearance record and passed the 500 game landmark, Bird has a glittering international resume too. She has won this event three times already (2002, 2010 and 2014) so if she lands in Tenerife, she would be a red-hot favorite to scoop an unprecedented fourth gold medal. She also has that bronze from 2006 meaning she is the only player to have four medals in the history of the tournament.