There's no doubt the members of the powerhouse George Mason (Falls Church, Va.) girls' basketball team look up to assistant coach Svetlana Pankratova. The 6-foot-5 Pankratova played basketball at VCU, where she still holds the career record for blocked shots in a career (176) and in a single season (75).
The Russia native also holds another record — world's longest female legs — as documented in the Guinness Book of World Records. Pankratova's legs were measured at 4 feet, 4 inches, and she first appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009.
The Falls Church News-Press caught up with Pankratova, who has been coaching at George Mason since the middle of the 2010-11 season.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity for me to work with them,” Pankratova said of coaching. “Because I stopped playing basketball … so it was great to get back to basketball and I really do enjoy it and it brings all the nice memories back and I just enjoy giving them what I know to help them any way I can.”
George Mason, which has won three of the last four state titles, was eliminated in the semifinals of the Group A Division 2 state tournament on Friday.
Thanks to Prep Rally for the heads up.