LONDON – The University of Florida’s Azania Stewart (Wood Green, England) was named to Great Britain’s 12-member 2012 Olympic Basketball Team, the British Olympic Association announced.
Stewart, who earned her bachelor’s degree in May, was a four-year letterwinner with the Gators. Upon graduation, the 6-foot-4 center ranked No. 3 in the program’s all-time record book for blocked shots (205) in a career and her career field goal percentage of 54.4% (317-583) ranked as the fifth-highest in UF history.
She capped her four-year career with 785 points and 567 rebounds, while starting 84 of the 123 games she played during her tenure.
Stewart is the third different Gator to represent her respective country on an Olympic basketball team, joining DeLisha Milton-Jones, who collected gold medals for the U.S.A. in 2000 and 2008, while being selected for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, but unable to play because of injury, and Tammy Jackson, who helped Team USA earn the bronze medal at the 1992 Games.
"I'm obviously really excited to make the final 12 because it has been a long process involving a lot of hard work, so I'm really ecstatic,” Stewart shared with GB Basketball. “My family have their tickets and outfits ready, having faith I would make the team. I feel confident we will do the nation proud and will show everyone what we are worth.”
Great Britain most recently earned an impressive 81-57 win against world-No. 4 Czech Republic on June 20 and returns to action on July 2 against Angola in a four-team tournament in China.
Basketball games begin at the 2012 Olympic Games on July 28 and run through August 12.
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