Janice Lawrence Braxton

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Janice Lawrence Braxton
Medal record
Women's basketball
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Team competition
Pan American Games
Gold 1983 Venezuela Team competition

Janice Faye Lawrence Braxton (born June 7, 1962) is an American professional women's basketball player.1 She was born in Lucedale, Mississippi.


She played college basketball for Louisiana Tech, where she helped lead the Lady Techsters to national championships in 1981 and 1982.1 While only a sophomore in 1982, she was the leading scorer in the NCAA tournament, and was named the tournament MVP.1

USA Basketball

Braxton was a member of the 1983 Pan American team that won a gold medal in Venezuela.2 She won a gold medal with the USA Women's Olympic basketball team in 1984.3

In 2006, Braxton was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Knoxville, Tennessee.4

Professional Career

Braxton played for the New York team in the Women's American Basketball Association, a short-lived league in the mid-80's (not to be confused with WABA a league of the same name existing in 2002).5

Braxton played 13 seasons in Europe with Vicenza, Messina and Parma in Italian League. The Vicenza team won four European Champions Cup while Braxton played for the team, scoring almost 23 points per game. She earned All-Star honors in 1997.5

She spent two seasons playing for the Cleveland Rockers in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

1997-1999: Cleveland Rockers

In 2003, she joined the Cleveland Rockers as an assistant coach.5

Awards and honors

  • 1982—NCAA Tournament MVP1
  • 1983—Kodak All-America1
  • 1984—Kodak All-America1


  1. ^ a b c d e f Porter p. 53
  2. ^ "NINTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1983". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad -- 1984". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  4. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  5. ^ a b c Porter p. 54


  • David L. Porter, ed. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-30952-6. 

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