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Janeth Arcain | 9
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Position:  G
Born: Apr 11, 1969
Height: 5-11 /  1,80
Weight: 147  lbs. / 66,7  kg.
From : Brazil
Career Highlights
  • Is the only player in Comets history to play in all 220 games
  • Has started a total of 162 games in seven seasons, including an active streak of 130 consecutive starts
  • Holds career averages of 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists with Houston
  • Is fourth in Comets history in scoring average (10.5)
  • Ranks second in Comets history in steals (292), and is third in total assists (416) and total rebounds (826)
  • Earned 2001 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year
  • Named WNBA Player of the Week one time (week ending: June 10, 2001)
  • Voted as a starter to the 2001 WNBA All-Star Game
  • Scored career 1,000th point at Indiana on May 31, 2001
  • Recorded her 500th career rebound at Portland on July 12, 2001
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    Averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 32 starts … ranked third in the WNBA in free throw percentage (.883) … placed ninth in the WNBA in minutes played (34.9) … ranked third on the Comets in points (11.4), second in assists (2.7) and second in steals (1.59) … led the squad in assists 10 times … scored in double-digits 21 times and crossed the 20-point mark on two occasions … recorded a season-high 23 points at Utah on July 3.

    Named WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year, averaging 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 32 starts … ranked fourth in the WNBA in scoring … was also among league’s best in free throw percentage (.900, 4th), steals (1.9 per game, 7th), assists (2.9 per game, 18th) and minutes played (36.1, 4th) … led the Comets in scoring on 17 occasions and paced team in rebounding four times … scored 20 or more points on 12 occasions … hit 24 consecutive free throws from June 7 through June 30 … hit game-winning shot at the buzzer for 60-58 win at Phoenix on June 10 … received her first-ever WNBA Player-of-the-Week honor for games played June 4-10, averaging 23.3 points and shooting .833 from the free throw line … had career-high nine assists at Portland on July 12 … voted as a starter to her first-ever WNBA All-Star Game after receiving 70,107 votes … played 20 minutes, scoring seven points and recording one rebound at the All-Star Game on July 16 … scored a career-high 29 points on July 24 vs. Utah.

    Reached double digits in scoring 11 times … scored a season-high 18 points at Portland on May 31 and vs. Portland on June 30 … led the Comets in scoring once and rebounding twice … made the last-second, game-winning shot in a 73-71 victory at Utah on June 10 … set season high and tied career high with nine rebounds vs. Phoenix on July 2.

    Averaged 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 32 games.

    Matched career high with five offensive rebounds vs. Phoenix on July 28

    Scored season-high 23 points in the Comets first-ever home game on July 24 … tallied a career-high nine rebounds on two occasions … led the Comets in scoring three times.

    In the Playoffs:
    Holds career averages of 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 24 playoff games … shares distinction with Tina Thompson as the only two Comets players to have participated in every playoff game in team history … is fifth in Comets playoff history in scoring average (8.0 ppg) and is third in total rebounds (90) … scored a playoff career-high 18 points at Los Angeles on August 20, 2001 … registered the only double-double of her career on August 28, 1997, in the Semifinal Game vs. Charlotte, scoring 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

    Additional Basketball Experience:
    In 2002, led Sγo Paulo/Guaru to the 5th Brazilian National Championship of Basketball … named championship MVP after averaging 23.9 points (358 total) and 4.4 assists (66 total) … has been on three of the five winning teams of the national championships in Brazil (Santo Andre in 1999, Vasco da Gama in 2001, Sγo Paulo/Guaru in 2002) … has been named MVP of the championships on three occasions (1999, 2001, 2002) and has been the leading scorer four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) … prior to joining the WNBA in 1997, played six seasons for Polti in Brazil and two seasons with Leite Moca in Brazil … won Brazilian League Championships in 1990 (Leite Moca) and 1995 (Polti) … named MVP of the Brazilian League every year she played professionally … leading scorer of the Brazilian League in 1995 and 1996 … member of the Brazilian Olympic Team three times (1992, 1996, 2000) … won a silver medal in Atlanta (1996) and a bronze in Sydney (2000) … also a member of the Brazilian World Championship Team (1990, 1994 gold medal, 2002), Pan Am Games Team (1987 silver medal, 1991 gold medal), South American Championship Team (1986-88, 1990, 1995) and Brazilian Championship Team (1987-89).


  • Born Janeth Arcain on April 11, 1969, in Sγo Paulo, Brazil
  • Name is pronounced Jeh-NETH Ar-CANE
  • Started playing at age 14, after seeing the 1983 World Championships in Sγo Paulo
  • Played for a club team, BCN, as a teenager and won the club championship in 1986
  • Named club league MVP from 1986-89
  • Most memorable basketball moment prior to WNBA career is beating China to win the 1994 World Championship
  • Pregame superstition is that she must step onto the court with right foot first
  • Most admires her mother Rita Arcain
  • Player whose game she likes to emulate is Charles Barkley
  • Other sports played growing up include soccer and volleyball
  • Owns a computer store and operates a gymnasium in Brazil

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