June 7, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former University of Michigan women's basketball post player Stephanie Gandy (2001-04) recently joined Great Britain's roster with an opportunity in hand to make the national team for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Gandy was invited to training camp in April, making both cuts to stay on the 18- and 16-player rosters. As of May 26, she is listed on the 14-player list. Great Britain will make the final cut to 12 players on June 22.
The team will play seven games before the final team is announced, with test matches against Canada twice (June 9-10), Korea (June 15), Argentina (June 16), Turkey (June 17), and back-to-back games against the Czech Republic (June 19-20). As host of the 2012 Olympics, FIBA awarded Great Britain automatic qualification for the London Olympic Tournament.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Gandy became a dual-national American-Brit in 2009, playing professionally with her current team, the Shettfield Hatters. She started her second stint with the squad in 2010. During the 2010-11 season, she averaged 22.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.
Her professional career began with Dutch club Lieshout before playing in the United Kingdom in 2005. Her first stop was with the Hatters (2005-09). During her spells in Yorkshire, she has helped the club to four English Basketball League titles and was MVP for their 2009 and 2012 National Cup final victories. In 2009, she posted 19.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. She also played in Australia, Spain and Italy, where she averaged 45 points per game in leading Biella to the 2010 Lega B title, winning the league's MVP award.
At Michigan, Gandy finished with 1,169 career points and is listed 12th on the all-time list in scoring. During her sophomore and senior seasons, she averaged double figures in scoring, with a career-best 11.7 points per game average during 2003-04 campaign. Gandy shot 42 percent from the floor in her four-year career and averaged 9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
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