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Mizrachi, Limor

Mizrachi played college basketball at the University of Maryland. She became the first Israeli (male or female) to play professional basketball in the United States when she stepped on the court on October 10, 1998, to play for the New England Blizzard of the American Basketball League.

Birth and Death Dates:
June 24, 1970

Career Highlights:
In 1991-92, Mizrachi had a terrific season at the University of Maryland, averaging 8.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 1.4 steals while starting 31 games. She also shot 82.4% from the free throw line, and holds school records in three-point percentage (41.6 %) and three-pointers made (32). That year, the Terrapins were ranked No. 1 in the nation for a four-week period, and finished the season ranked No. 8 with a record of 25-6. The team also made it to the NCAA Mideast Regional Final. After her lone season at Maryland, Mizrachi returned to Israel to be with her mother, who was diagnosed with cancer (she later recovered).

After returning to play in Israel, Mizrachi became one of the most decorated players in the nation's history. A three-time Israeli League MVP, she began playing for the national team at the age of 15. Limor captained the team in 1990-91, and upon her return from Maryland helmed the squad again from 1992 until 1998, when Limor returned to the United States to play in the now defunct women's American Basketball League (rival of the WNBA). She was selected in the 5th round (47th overall) by the New England Blizzard. She was also selected by the New York Liberty of the WNBA, but an injury kept her from making the team. She played 13 games for the Blizzard before the ABL filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 and suspended league operations on December 21, 1998. Mizrachi averaged 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals a game. After the ABL folded, Limor returned to play professionally in Israel.

Origin:
Israel

Career Dates:
Mizrachi played point guard for Maryland in 1991-92.

Physical description:
5'7", 130 pounds



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