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Guyton Takes Her Bow

02.11.2007

Wanda Guyton officially bid adieu to active basketball with a farewell game between her final club TSV Wasserburg and a team of All-Stars.

The 42-year-old Guyton played last season with the EuroCup Women side but retired this summer after an 18-year professional career which included back-to-back WNBA titles with the Houston Comets, four straight German league crowns, three consecutive German Cups and one appearance in the EuroLeague Women Final Four.

Guyton, who remains at Wasserburg as assistant coach, was the spotlight of Thursday's farewell game, which saw the Wanda All-Stars lose to the current Wasserburg side 100-82.

"This game is a great honour for me. A lot of friends came in, some from very far away. And that means a lot," said Guyton, who scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while playing for both teams during the game.

Besides players currently in the DBBL, three others travelled from abroad for the game: Lotos Gdynia's German international Anne Breitreiner, who won titles with Guyton in 2004 and 2005; Finnish Espoo's former Czech national team forward Mirka Jarchovská from the 2006 championship team; and Hungarian Eszter Biró, who retired after winning the 2005 and 2006 crowns with Guyton.

In front of 700 fans, Guyton played the first three quarters with the All-Stars before switching over to the current Wasserburg team so that coach Hans Brei could substitute her out to a huge applause from the crowd.

During her long career, Guyton played one year in Japan, two in Spain, six seasons in Italy (including the 1998 EuroLeague Final Four with Societa Ginnastica) and her final six campaigns at Wasserburg, where she remained one of the most dominant players in the league playing into her 40s.

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