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Ohio State University
Ohio State University, established in 1870, began fielding an intercollegiate women's basketball team in 1965. They have advanced to 15 NCAA Tournaments over the years. Katie Smith is the lone player to have played for the Buckeyes and the Shock.
Oklahoma, University Of
The University of Oklahoma, established in 1890, first fielded a women's basketball team in 1974-75. They have advanced to nine NCAA Tournaments in their history and one trip to the Final Four. Dionnah Jackson, whom the Shock selected in the first round of the 2005 WNBA Draft, played collegiately at Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City University competes in the NAIA and has six National Championships to its credit. Jhudy Gonzalez, who was a member of Detroit's 2002 Training Camp roster, attended OCU.
Olympic Games, 1976
Future Shock head coach Nancy Lieberman was a member of the United States Olympic Team in 1976 and helped the Americans to a silver medal in the first ever Olympic women’s basketball competition.
Olympic Games, 1984
Future Shock assistant coach Pam McGee and the US Olympic Team took home gold in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles topping South Korea in the finals 85-55. The Soviet Union did not compete in the games due to political reasons.
Olympic Games, 1988
Future Shock forward Cindy Brown was a member of the United States’ gold medal winning Olympic team. The Americans finished 5-0 in the tournament beating Yugoslavia 77-70 in the gold medal game.
Olympic Games, 1996
Future Shock guard Jennifer Azzi earned an Olympic gold medal helping the US Olympic Team to an 8-0 record and a 111-87 win in the title game over Brazil. The Australians earned bronze at the ’96 Games and featured future Shock players Sandy Brondello, Carla Boyd and Rachael Sporn.
Olympic Games, 2000
Future Shock guard Katie Smith helped lead the US Women’s Senior National Team to Olympic Gold in Sydney, Australia going a perfect 8-0 including a 76-54 over the host squad in the gold medal game. Shock players Rachael Sporn, Carla Boyd and Sandy Brondello were on the Opals roster.
Olympic Games, 2004
The gold medal winning United States Olympic Team had two active members (Swin Cash and Ruth Riley) and two future members (Shannon Johnson and Katie Smith) of the Detroit Shock on its roster. The US Women’s Senior National Team went undefeated in the Athens tournament including a 74-63 win over Australia in the gold medal game. Former Shock players Sandy Brondello and Rachael Sporn earned silver for the Opals.
Ospiova Bio and Statistics
After finishing her collegiate career at Vanderbilt, Lisa Ostrom went undrafted in 1998, signing with the WNBA as a free agent and being assigned to the Shock on May 2, 1998. Detroit waived Ostrom on June 1, 1998.
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