Andrea Congreaves, Mercer
One look at the career accomplishments of Mercer’s Andrea Congreaves (1989-1993) and it is clear why she is the ASUN’s most decorated women’s basketball player in conference history.
An NCAA Division I scoring leader during her junior and senior seasons, Congreaves earned All-American recognition by the WBCA in 1993 as one of top 10 players in NCAA women’s basketball. From 1991-93 Congreaves was a First-Team All-Conference selection who led the Trans America Athletic Conference in scoring and scoring avg. three times and in field goals twice. She is still the owner of many of the conference’s top marks that include her 2,796 career points, 1,107 field goals made and 1,910 field goals attempted. She remains the top player in conference history with 1000 points and 1000 rebounds (2796 pts, 1141 rbs) and her 10 Player of the Week honors are also tied for the most by any student-athlete in conference history.
Congreaves led the Bears to a pair of TAAC regular season championships (1991, 1992) and is the only player in conference history to earn Player of the Year honors three times. Turning it up a notch in postseason, Congreaves also holds conference tournament records for most points (42, 1993), field goals (17, 1991) and steals (10, 1992) in a game.
Following her career at Mercer, Congreaves enjoyed a 13-year career in professional basketball in the United States and in Europe. She spent her first five seasons playing professionally in Italy and Spain, then, upon the WNBA’s formation in 1997, became the first British female athlete to play in the WNBA. As the 26th pick in the inaugural WNBA draft, she played in 84 games for the Charlotte Sting (1997-98) and the Orlando Miracle (1999).
Congreaves returned to Europe following her 1999 season in Orlando and for the next nine years continued to achieve on the hardwood. In 2000, she led the French Bourges squad to the final of the Euroleague, then won the 2003 Spanish championship with U.B. Barca and the 2005 regular season championship and Spanish Cup double with Perfumerias Avenida.
She joined England for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and was the key performer on the bronze medal-winning team, averaging 17.4 points and 9.4 rebounds a game.
Congreaves completed her playing career with Wales’ Rhondda Rebels in the English Women’s Basketball League, helping squads to the 2006 regular season championship and the 2008 championship before retiring at the end of the 2008-09 campaign. She is also the former head coach of the Rebels and she has remained active in the game serving as head coach of both the Mansfield Giants of the English Women’s Basketball League and the women's team of the University of Notthingham.
Congreaves is one of only three Bears to have their jersey retired (1993) and was inducted into the Mercer University Hall of Fame in 2013.