Jennifer Fleischer Leads USA to Gold at 17th Maccabiah Games

Philadelphia - Jennifer Fleischer was wearing the Red and Blue again this summer, with a little bit of white splashed in, as she captained the United States Women's Basketball Team to a 78-53 win over Israel in the gold-medal game at the 17th Maccabiah Games held in Israel. Fleischer recorded a double-double in the championship game, recording 20 points and 18 rebounds.

The United States opened the tournament with a 67-43 win over Canada on July 12. The team followed that impressive performance with a 64-61 victory over Israel on July 14. In the third round the United States dismantled Australia, 83-62, before coasting past Canada for a second-straight time, 72-31, in the semifinals to set up a rematch with Israel.

Fleischer's double-double in the gold-medal game and superb play throughout the tournament earned accolades from press covering the tournament and her fellow teammates. Maryland junior guard Shay Doron, who was named the tournament's MVP after leading all scorers with 21 points, deflected the praise away from herself and onto Fleischer, "I don’t care about the MVP, I care about the fact I have a gold medal around my neck. Jennifer Fleischer deserved that MVP just as much, she had an amazing tournament."

Fleischer was very excited about the opportunity to play in such an event and to bring home the gold. "It was an amazing opportunity, I met so many wonderful people. The gold medal is just the cherry on top," said Fleischer.

"It was no-holds-barred," Fleischer said of the action on the court. "We never let up because we knew the Israeli team was tough and could come back at any minute."

The 6'3" center will rejoin the Quakers this fall as she and her teammates prepare for the upcoming season. Fleischer is coming off an All-Philadelphia Big 5 performance in 2004-05, where she was the only Ivy Leaguer to average a double-double with 10.8 points and 10.6 rebounds, which ranked 10th in the nation, per game.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications