Hortência Crowned #FIBAWWC GOAT in Fan Vote
'TENERIFE (FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018) - Fans have chosen Brazilian legend as the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Greatest of All Time, aka GOAT.
Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame during 2007, she was the only member among the star-laden list of contenders, to have this honor on her resume.
Hortência Marcari female Michael Jordan was the runaway winner in the poll as she collected more than 85% of the votes from fans, with Australia legend Lauren Jackson,Diana Taurasi ,Lisa Leslie and Maya Moore - USA and Elena Baranova - Russia the next highest in the voting.
Helping her country to the top step of the podium in 1994 was the standout accomplishment, with Marcari pouring in a stellar 27.6 points per game – including 32 points in the famous 100-107 win against USA to book a ticket to the Finals.
Like other famous Brazilian athletes -- Pelé in soccer, Oscar in basketball -- both are known by one name: Hortencia and Paula, something like Magic and Michael both trying to lead a United States men's basketball team.
Hortencia and Paula are so powerful and popular that they have never been allowed to play on the same team in the Sao Paulo state league. One or the other has reached the finals in 10 of the past 11 years. Shots Go In, Flag Goes Up
HALL OF FAMERS HORTENCIA MARCARI
Brazilian Star Sizzles On the Court,One of the greatest international players ever to step onto a basketball court, Hortencia Marcari began playing for her native Brazil at the tender age of 15 when she was added to the national team roster after showing enormous potential. The girl who would soon be known simply as Hortencia in basketball circles was a nightmare to guard, constantly seeking out holes in the defense, perpetually moving around the court, and relentlessly scoring the basketball. The Brazilian national team began winning with Hortencia in the lineup finishing third, second, and first in the 1981, 1987, and 1991 Pan-American Games respectively. Hortencia then led Brazil to the gold medal at the 1994 World Championships, averaging better than 27 points per game. She retired shortly after the 1994 Worlds, but came out of retirement two years later to help Brazil capture the silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games.
Class of 2002
A basketball icon in her homeland of Brazil
Has earned international acclaim and adoration throughout her country as one of the sport’s all-time greats
A two-time Olympian, guiding Brazil to a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta after posting a seventh-place showing in 1992 in Barcelona
Played a dominant role in Brazil claiming the title of World Champion in 1994, garnering recognition as the best guard in the world
Has also collected three medals in Pan American Games competitions with a gold in 1991, a silver in 1987, and a bronze in 1983
Hortencia de Fatima Marcari, “The Queen,” was one of the top women’s basketball players of her time. She was a tremendous scorer and moved well without the ball. Hortencia was so good that opposing teams had to construct their defensive game plans around stopping her. She led her Brazilian teams to gold medals in the Pan American Games and the World Championships and to a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Awards and Honors
Hortencia led Brazil to medals in three different Pan American Games, including the gold medal in 1991 over the USA. The win stopped a 42-game winning streak by the USA women’s team in major world competition.
Marcari led Brazil to the gold medal at the World Championships in 1994 where she averaged more than 27 points per game.
Hortencia retired after the 1994 World Championships but came out of retirement in 1996 to help Brazil to the silver medal in the Olympic Games. It was the first Olympic medal for Brazilian women’s basketball.
She led Brazil to four South American Championships during her career.
Marcari was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007.
Points of Interest
Hortencia was 15 years old when she was added to Brazil’s National Team roster.
She is known in Brazil by her first name just as her fellow Brazilians Paula, Pele, and Oscar are also known by only one name.
Hortencia and Paula (Maria Paula da Silva) formed one of the most powerful backcourts in women’s basketball history. Since they were so popular and so talented Hortencia and Paula were not allowed to play together in the Sao Paulo state league in Brazil.
On August 5, 2016 Hortencia was the second to last torch bearer in the Olympic torch relay in Brazil. The torch was passed to her by Gustavo Kuerten (former No. 1 tennis player in the world) and then she passed it on to Vanderlei de Lima (Olympic marathon runner) who lit the Olympic cauldron.