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Janeth Arcain
Janeth in 2007
Personal information
Born (1969-04-11) April 11, 1969 (age 54)
São Paulo, Brazil
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight147 lb (67 kg)
Career information
WNBA draft1997: 2nd round, 13th overall pick
Selected by the Houston Comets
Playing career1983–2007
PositionShooting guard
Career history
1997–2003, 2005Houston Comets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame as player
Women's Basketball
Representing BrazilBrazil
Summer Olympics
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1994 Australia
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1991 Havana
Silver medal – second place 1987 Indianapolis
Silver medal – second place 2007 Rio

Janeth dos Santos Arcain (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒaˈnɛtʃi dus ˈsɐ̃tuz aʁˈkɐ̃j], born April 11, 1969, in São Paulo, Brazil) is a retired Brazilian professional women's basketball player. She played in the United States for the Houston Comets in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2005.

Arcain is one of the players inducted in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.[1][2] She was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2019.

WNBA career

Arcain was one of the original players selected from the WNBA's inaugural season in 1997. She was selected 13th overall in the second round of the Elite draft by the Houston Comets. She played every Comets game in the first seven seasons of the WNBA before skipping the 2004 season to prepare for the Olympics. A key piece of the Comets dynasty that included four championships from 1997 to 2000, Arcain had her best season in 2001, averaging 18.5 points per game en route to Most Improved Player and First Team All-WNBA honors.

Arcain's final WNBA game was played in Game 2 of the 2005 Western Conference Finals on September 10, 2005 against the Sacramento Monarchs. Arcain recorded 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals but her team would lose the game 65 - 74 and be eliminated from the playoffs.[3]

National team career

With the Brazil national team, Arcain won the FIBA World Championship for Women in 1994 and two medals in the Olympic Games: silver in 1996, and bronze in 2000.[1] Arcain also finished fourth in 2004, where she became the highest-scoring female player ever of the Olympics with 535 points, a record broken in 2012 by Lauren Jackson.[4] She decided to retire after two big events to be hosted in Brazil, the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women (fourth) and the 2007 Pan American Games (silver).[5]

Arcain was named mayor of the 2016 Summer Olympics Olympic Village.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b Arcain
  2. ^ Lisa Leslie part of 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame class
  3. ^ "Houston Comets at Sacramento Monarchs, September 10, 2005".
  4. ^ "Lauren Jackson becomes all-time women's Olympic high scorer as Australia wears down China to advance". Archived from the original on May 10, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  5. ^ ""O dia passou muito rápido", afirma Janeth - UOL Esporte - Pan 2007".
  6. ^ Brazilian basketball legend Arcain named ‘Mayor’ of Olympic Village