MANCHESTER, England – Former St. Bonaventure women's basketball standout Stef Collins will be a part of history on Sunday when her Standard Life Great Britain women's basketball team hosts the Women's National Basketball Association's Atlanta Dream in the first ever European game featuring a WNBA team.
Collins, a 2006 graduate, was one of 16 players selected to open camp with the national team on May 1. The game against the Dream is part of WNBA Live – Manchester 2011, and just one of many competitive tests the national team will face before the roster is trimmed to 12 over the summer in preparation for the 2012 summer Olympics in London.
The former St. Bonaventure guard (pictured on the right wearing No. 6) is 7th on the career scoring list with 1,421 points over her four-year career in the Brown and White. Her 288 career 3-pointers are second in school history only to Suzie Dailer's 291, and her three, 30-point games are tied for third in program lore.
Additionally, her 36 points at Stony Brook in 2003 are tied for the third most in a single game in St. Bona history. Collins's eight 3-pointers in a game – which she did on two different occasions – was the program record up until this year when junior Jessica Jenkins hit nine in a contest against Charlotte.
Collins – whose club team is UWIC Archers, based out of Cardiff, Wales – was the 2001-02 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after leading all A-10 first-year players with 11.1 points per game. In her junior season she was named to the A-10 Third Team All-Conference and All-Academic Team. She followed that up with an A-10 Honorable Mention in her senior campaign.
A decision in mid-March allowed both Great Britain's men's and women's basketball teams to compete in the 2012 Olympics. If Collins is selected on the women's side, the potential exists for two former St. Bonaventure basketball players to participate for their native land next summer, as former men's basketball point guard Ogo Adegboye could be member of the GB men's team.
To keep up with both Collins' and Adegboye's Olympic journeys, check out the Great Britain Basketball website here.