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SYDNEY (Australia) – A number of  elite and legendary players have competed at the prestigious FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup down the years, but who is the Greatest of All-Time aka The GOAT?
We are giving you an opportunity to have a say by casting votes for the standout candidates.  In the voting below , you will find more information in this mixture of MVP’s and other standout performers. 
The FIBA Hall of Famer enjoys legendary status in her homeland and beyond, with many ranking her as one of the best female players of all-time. The Brazilian guard has a staggering record in the tournament as she was top scorer at the 1979, 1983, 1990 and 1994 editions. The highlight came in 1994 when Brazil won a historic title, with Hortencia pouring in a mind-blowing 27.6 points per game – including 32 points in the famous 100-107 win against USA in the Semi-Finals. She played at five editions in total.
An iconic player who is spoken about regularly as one of the legends of the women’s game, let alone merely in this competition. Taurasi is a three-time gold medal winner at the event, but actually had to settle for bronze on her debut in 2006 when USA were shocked by Brazil in the Semi-Finals. She was crowned a champion in 2010, 2014 and then made it three in a row by starring in Tenerife during 2018 on what was her last appearance – although she went on to land a fifth Olympic Games gold by appearing in Tokyo last year.
Another legend of the women’s game and five-time Olympic winner, Bird is also now officially the most successful baller ever at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. She is the only player to have scooped four titles, having stood on the top step of the podium with the USA in 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2018 – also taking bronze in 2006. While appearing at five editions is an exclusive club few have matched, nobody can beat five medals and four golds!
 
After the disappointment of a bronze medal at the 1994 edition, Leslie was a colossus for USA in leading them to successive titles in 1998 and 2002. It was during her last appearance when she was really unstoppable, amassing 17.2 points and 8.1 boards per game to be crowned MVP. A quadruple Olympian and famed for that first high profile women’s basketball dunk, Leslie is a real legend too.
 
The FIBA Hall of Famer was just 21-years-old when she finished as the leading scorer at the  2002 edition in China. She then repeated the feat four years later in Brazil, taking the Opals to a first ever FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup title. The legendary forward was also influential in 2010 too and having debuted at 17-years-old in 1998, she will play at a staggering fifth edition in Sydney in what will be a true fairytale return to the sport. 
 
This FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup is always looked on with fondness by Moore, since it provided a platform for her first ever major outing at senior level with her country. She helped USA get back to the top step of the podium by propelling them to gold in 2010 in Czech Republic. Moore then went one better at the 2014 edition in Turkey when she made it a double celebration by landing another title and also deserved MVP honors.
 
Taylor was the heartbeat for the Opals’ most famous and historical moment when they made history in Brazil at the 2006 edition by landing the prestigious silverware. She saved her very best performances for the last phases of the competition, dropping a fantastic 26 points in the Semi-Final against Brazil and a stellar 28 points in the title game with Russia. In total, Taylor competed at four editions of the tournament. 
 
The incredible Latvian legend and FIBA Hall of Famer is a three-time FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup champion having won with the Soviet Union during an era of real dominance when they won six of seven editions. Semjonova won her first title in 1971 in Sao Paulo and it was a super debut, averaging 21 points per game. She then followed it up with a successful title defense in 1975 in Colombia and then in Brazil in 1983 – the last time the Soviet Union would finish atop the podium.
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