Hortência Marcari

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About Hortência Marcari
Hortência Maria de Fátima Marcari (born September 23, 1959 in Potirendaba, São Paulo, Brazil) is a former basketball player who is often considered to be one of the greatest women's basketball player in Brazil, alongside with Jenny Arcain and Magic Paula. Marcari is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted in 2005), and FIBA Hall of Fame (inducted in 2007). She is known in her country as Hortência, and her nickname is The Queen.Hortência is of Italian background, her grandparents having moved to Brazil from that European nation. Hortência's father was a laborer. When Hortência was ten years old, her family moved to São Paulo, and Hortência became interested in sports. Her family disapproved of her choice to play sports---her father had been disabled on the field so they wanted her to work bringing home part of the earnings her father used to--- but they eventually gave up on trying to prevent her from doing her favorite activity. At the age of thirteen, in 1972, Hortência began to play street basketball on her school gym. One year later, she was spotted by Waldir Paga Perez, coach of Brazil women's national basketball team. Hortência was playing for the national team at age fifteen. Hortência began to play as a professional with the São Caetano Esporte Clube, becoming an instant celebrity in Brazil. Over the years, she played for Associação Prudentina, C.A Minercal, C.A Consteca/Sedox, NCNB Ponte Preta and ADC Seara until she retired from professional basketball in 1996, one year before Arcain began playing in the United States' WNBA. Hortência was a teen idol to many female basketball fans in the cities she played at, particularly at Prudentina where during an interview with Jeremy Larner she was stopped many times by autograph seekers on her way from her house to a game. Hortência's first international experience came in 1976, when Brazil's women's national basketball team won the South American juvenile championship in Paraguay. In 1979, she helped her team to a fourth place at the Pan American Games held in Puerto Rico. In 1983, Hortência and the national team improved their previous Pan American performance by winning a bronze medal at the Venezuela games, while in 1987 Hortência and the Brazilian Women's national team went yet one step further by winning a silver medal at the 1987 Indianapolis Pan American Games. In 1991, Hortência and the Brazilian women's national basketball team won the gold medal at that year's Pan American tournament held in Cuba. In 1992, Hortência helped her team to a bronze medal at the Pre-Olympic competition held in Spain, returning later that year to that country to play in the Olympic Games for the first time. Brazil settled for the seventh place at the Barcelona Olympics. Finally In 1994, Hortência won the women's world basketball championship in Australia, making Brazil the only country other than the Soviet Union or the United States to win the title (Australia became the fourth in 2006). In 1996, she retired from international competition with a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics. Apart from those competitions, she also played in Peru, Singapore, Malaysia, Bulgaria and South Korea. Despite the fact her team did not qualify for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Hortência was featured on those games' official program, in an article named The Queen.

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1. Hortência Marcari 67734
2. Marcel Ramon 42683
3. Paula Silva 40674
4. Oscar Schmidt 37755
5. Janeth Arcain 9234
6. Anderson Varejao 4002
7. Pereira Maciel 3139
8. Nenê Hilário 500
9. Wlamir Marques 472
10. Leandro Barbosa 170

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1. Kobe Bryant 85563
2. Hortência Marcari 67734
3. Mirza Delibasic 67057
4. Alexander Belov 63423
5. Larry Joe Bird 50000
6. Hidayet Turkoglu 43493
7. Marcel Ramon 42683
8. Paula Silva 40674
9. Oscar Schmidt 37755
10. Hamed Hadadi 17711

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