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Amaya Valdemoro Madariaga (born August 18, 1976 in Alcobendas, Community of Madrid) is a former Spanish basketball player. She won three WNBA championship rings with the Houston Comets, one EuroLeague with Dorna Godella, as well as eight Spanish leagues and one Russian Premier League. She was the Russian League Player of the Year in 2006.

Amaya Valdemoro
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Personal information
Born (1976-08-18) August 18, 1976 (age 42)
Alcobendas, Community of Madrid
NationalitySpanish
Listed height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Career information
Playing career1992–2013
PositionSmall forward
Career history
1992–1994Dorna Godella
1994-1996Halcón Viajes
1996-1998Pool Getafe
1998-2000Houston Comets
1998-2001Halcón Viajes
2001–2005Ros Casares Valencia
2005–2007CSKA Samara
2007-2008CSKA Moscow
2008-2010Ros Casares Valencia
2010-2012Rivas Ecópolis
2012-2013Tarsus Beledeyesi
2013Real Canoe NC
Career highlights and awards

With the national team she competed in two Olympic Games, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. won a bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and won 5 medals at EuroBasket women, including a gold medal at the 2013 EuroBasket Women.

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Club careerEdit

1992-1998 Spanish clubsEdit

She mader her debut in the Spanish league in 1992, at only 16 years of age, with Dorna Godella, winning the national league and the 1992–93 Euroleague. In the 1993-1994 season, she won the league, the cup and was Euroleague runner-up. With her following club, Pool Getafe she won back-to-back league and cup titles in 1997 and 1998, and again Euroleague runner-up in 1998.

1998-2000 WNBAEdit

Valdemoro was selected with the 30th overall pick (3rd round) in the 1998 WNBA Draft by the Houston Comets, winning three consecutive championships rings in 1998, 1999 and 2000.[1]

1998-2005 Spanish clubsEdit

After playing for both Houston Comets and Halcón Viajes Salamanca for three seasons, she went back to Valencia, having the club changed its name to Ros Casares, going to win 2 leagues and 3 cups. She would have a brief spell at Brazilian team Unimed/Americana in 2004.

2005-2008 Russian clubsEdit

She spent the next three seasons in the Russian Premier League, with BC Volgaburmash Samara and then CSKA Moscow, winning 1 league and 3 cups.

2008-2013 Spanish clubsEdit

Returning to play for Ros Casares Valencia, she won back-to-back league and cup titles in 2009 and 2010, as well as Euroleague runner-up in 2009–10 EuroLeague. She spent two more seasons in her home town, playing for Rivas Ecópolis, winning the 2011 Spanish cup and leading the team to the 2011–12 EuroLeague final.

After a brief stint in Turkey, her last club was Real Canoe NC.

National teamEdit

She made her debut with Spain women's national basketball team at the age of 17. She played with the senior team for 18 years, from 1995 to 2013. She is one of the most capped players with a total of 258 caps and 10.6 PPG.[2] She participated in two Olympic Games (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008),[3] four World Championships and eight European Championships, retiring from the national team as captain and champion in the 2013 EuroBasket:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Player File Archived September 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine WNBA.com
  2. ^ "Selección Española Absoluta Femenina de Baloncesto". seleccionfemenina.feb.es. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Amaya Valdemoro". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  4. ^ Valdemoro named MVP Archived September 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine at eurobasketwomen2007.com