Collins, Great Britain Finish Olympic Journey
LONDON, ENGLAND- Former St. Bonaventure women's basketball star Stef Collins and the Great Britain women's basketball team saw their Olympic journey come to an end Sunday night when they fell to the sixth ranked team in the world, Brazil.
"It has been an absolutely fantastic experience representing Team GB in London 2012," Collins said. "I am forever grateful for this opportunity!"
GB finishes with an 0-5 record in these Olympic games. They found themselves in several close games including a three-point overtime loss to France and eight-point losses to Canada and Brazil.
Collins averaged 2.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Her best showing came in a 67-61 loss to Russia when Collins had three points, five rebounds and three assists.
"They were great results," head coach Tom Maher admitted. "If Andorra played in the football world cup and their biggest loss was a 1-0 defeat to Spain it would be a great thing. We were Andorra playing against Germany and Spain.
"The results have been magnificent. Sure, I would have liked to have won but if France had missed that three-pointer at the buzzer, we would have won the game, other than that we shouldn't have won any. The fact that we are talking about 'can we beat these teams?' is unbelievable. We have gone from a grade C to a grade A."
Collins, a 2006 graduate of St. Bonaventure, scored 1,421 points in her career which now ranks ninth all-time in program history. She also sits third all-time in 3-pointers made with 288, behind only Suzie Dailer (291) and Jessica Jenkins (338).
Collins was named 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 selection in her senior campaign.