The annals of college basketball is littered with women who have mad historical impacts. Whether it’s winning prestigious awards or receiving recognition for a great career, college basketball’s story can’t be told without the women’s game.
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announced
On Monday night, seven women were announced for the 2019 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class. Several players and contributors were named. Significantly, a few names went on to have successful professional careers.
Ruth Riley was a complete player for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The 6-foot-5 center was able to leave Notre Dame with 2,072 career points. Furthermore, Riley has school records in career rebounds (1,007), career blocked shots (370), and career field goal percentage (.632).
By the same token, Riley is also a two-time First-team All-American and a three-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Ultimately, Riley would help lead Notre Dame in winning the 2001 National Championship. Along with that, she would then be named the Big East Player of the Year and Naismith Player of the Year.
Ticha Penicheiro was one of the best players in Old Dominion history. The 1998 Wade Trophy winner was a two-time Kodak All-American and a two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year. The 5-foot-11 guard was also the 1994-95 CAA Rookie of the Year and a four-time All-CAA honoree.
While at Old Dominion, she would become the CAA’s and Lady Monarchs’ all-time leader in career assists (939) and career steals (591). With the career assists, Penicheiro would pass fellow Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. On another note, Penicheiro would lead Old Dominion to the 1997 National Championship game.
Valerie Still is one of the most productive players to play for the Kentucky — men or women. From 1979-1983, Sill was a dynamic player for the Wildcats. The 6-foot-1 forward was able to leave Kentucky as the all-time leading scorer, men or women, with 2,763 points. Additionally, Still is also the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,525 rebounds. While playing at Kentucky, Valerie Still was a three-time consensus All-American and led Kentucky to its first SEC Championship in 1982 and the first NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. That year, Still and the Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight.
A 6-foot-2 post player, Carolyn Bush Roddy was a standout at Wayland Baptist University. She will be the ninth Flying Queen to be inducted into the WBHOF. Bush Roddy would lead the school in the two seasons she was there in scoring and rebounding. Those two seasons would lead her to AAU and NWIT All-American honors. As a junior, she was also the AAU Rookie of the Year and the MVP of the NWIT. From 1973-1975, Carolyn Bush Roddy would lead the Flying Queens to two AAU national championships and 2 NWIT championships.
Before the NCAA, there was the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. The AIAW was the first governing body for women collegiate sports; founded in 1971. The AIAW women’s basketball tournament would go on to great heights. The 1973 tournament showcased the talent and displayed that women’s sports can be a financial success.
The other people who will be enshrined on June 8 will be Beth Bass, Joan Cronan (Athletic Director Emeritus for the University of Tennessee), and Nora Lynn Finch (inaugural Chair of the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Committee).
Wooden Award Top 20 Released
The Women’s John R. Wooden Award Top 20 list has been announced. Numerous players have been named for the award. The Top 20 list is headlined by Sabrina Ionescu, Arike Ogunbowale, and Katie Lou Samuelson.
Of the teams, UConn has the most players with three players (Samuelson, Crystal Dangerfield, Napheesa Collier). Baylor, Notre Dame, and Oregon are the next best represented schools with two. Here is the complete list.
|Bridget Carleton||Iowa State|
|Chennedy Carter||Texas A&M|
|Teaira McCowan||Mississippi State|
|Arike Ogunbowale||Notre Dame|
|Katie Lou Samuelson||Connecticut|
|Jessica Shepard||Notre Dame|
|Destiny Slocum||Oregon State|
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