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Anita Ortega

Basketball Player

Anita Ortega is an Afro-Puerto Rican that was a collegiate basketball player at UCLA. She was an All-American. The team went on to defeat the University of Maryland, College Park in 1978 to take the Division I collegiate title (National Champions). In 1979, she played in the 1979 Pan American Games, representing Puerto Rico. Her father was born in Bayamón. Anita played in the Women's Basketball League (WBL) from 1979 to 1981. She was an all-star for the San Francisco Pioneers. In 1982, Anita returned to her alma mater as an assistant basketball coach. In 1984, Anita pursued a career in law enforcement. She presently hold the position of Captain with the Los Angeles Police Department. She also officiates Division I Women's Basketball. In 2002, Anita was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame. In 2006, Anita and her law enforcement background were used to develop a character in John Kuri's novel, Takin' it Back. Read more about Anita and this novel at the following link, http://elixirentertainment.info/zj/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55&Itemid=65. Also, Anita's nationally televised segment on the NBC Sports Spectacular-"Pride, Passion and Power" can be viewed on the  ( Wikipedia article )

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