In honor of Teresa Edwards' 40th birthday on July 19, here are 40 facts about the most decorated player in USA Basketball history:


1 The only basketball player male or female to compete in five Olympics

Two-time All-American at the University of Georgia 2

3 Three-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (1987, 1990, 1996)

Played in the Final Four twice 4

5 #5 uniform retired at Georgia

Player/coach for the ABL's Atlanta Glory 6

7 Drinks Starbucks before every game (regular coffee with caramel syrup)
8 Took the Olympic oath in 1996

With 148 assists in 2003, shattered the Lynx record for assists in a season by 48 9

10 Recorded the first triple-double in UGA history (24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists vs. Alabama, 3/1/86)

Would like to be a TV analyst after she retires 11

12 Charter member of the University of Georgia's Circle of Honor

Favorite vegetable is cabbage 13

14 Selected #14 by the Lynx in the 2003 WNBA Draft

Has a street named for her in
her hometown of Cairo, Ga.
15

16 Earned her degree in leisure studies in 1989

Has three younger brothers 17

18 Appeared on an episode of "The Cosby Show" and an episode of "Martin"

19 Member of 19 different USA Basketball teams (14 gold, one silver, three bronze)

The youngest women's basketball recipient of a gold medal in 1984 (age 20) 20

21 Runner-up in ABL MVP voting in 1997

Selected #22 by Sports Illustrated for Women's "Century's Greatest Sportswomen" 22

23 All-time USA Basketball record: 153-8

Scored an ABL-record 46 points
vs. Seattle on 11/20/97
24

25 Four-year record at Georgia: 116-17

Lynx had their first-ever winning season in 2003, her first season 26

27 State Player of the Year as Cairo won the Class AAA state championship her senior season

28 Holds USA records for assists, steals and games played
29 ABL's second-leading scorer in 1996-97

Won three SEC titles 30

31 Her secret recipe is hot sauce for chicken wings

Played overseas in Italy, Japan, Spain and France 32

33 Never led a Georgia team in scoring but ranks third all-time with 1,989 points

58-3 record her last two years at
Cairo High School
34

35 Spoke at UGA's commencement
in December 2000

The oldest women's basketball recipient of a gold medal in 2000 (age 36) 36

37 After just 1 1/2 seasons, already second on Lynx all-time assists list

Holds the USA Basketball single-game record for assists (15 vs. Australia, 7/27/96) 38

39 Two-time ABL Eastern
Conference All-Star
40 Favorite birthday cake is marble

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