The Eighth Page

Ivana Mandic

A quick note about this: Sarah Chang ’05 showed this to me one day, and it inspired me throughout my entire Senior Fall and has continued to help me keep going this term. I simply felt that the awareness regarding Women’s Professional Basketball was not up to par, and thus I’ve chosen to showcase my favorite player in this week’s Phillipian Features section. I know what you all must be thinking. “I sure miss those Cold Dogs; I wish we hadn’t had such expansive budget cuts that we can’t have munches anymore.” No, not that. “I’m glad I need to present my ID card, a retinal scan, and a urine sample just to get into my math class.” Geez, not that either. Why do you complain so much? Of course, what I thought you were thinking was that my favorite female basketball player would be either Lisa Leslie, she of the 101-point half, or Juwanna Mann (s)he of the terrible movie of the same name. But no, I am of course talking about my favorite Yugoslavian import since Vlade “Dade, We Likes to Parde” Divac: Ivana Mandic. Without further ado, here are the stats of the lovely, tomahawk-dunking Sportscenter highlight machine known only as Ivana Mandic. Class: Junior Hometown: Novi Sad, Yugoslavia Last College: Daytona Beach CC Height: 6-4 Position: Center Birthdate: 03/12/1979 At Daytona Beach: Helped lead her team to a runner-up finish at the Florida Junior College State Tournament in 2001… Freshman all-conference selection in the competitive Mid-Florida Conference… Team ended the year one game away from the national tournament, losing to the eventual national champion… Recognized for her work in the classroom with the Achievement Award, presented to those with a GPA of 3.0 or higher… Also named Student-Athlete of the Month. Personal: Is the daughter of Miroljub and Zivana Mandic … Majoring in political science … Born March 12, 1979.