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Holdsclaw, Smith & Thompson Headline Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Holdsclaw, Smith & Thompson Headline Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018
February 12, 2018 – The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2018 on ESPN2 during the telecast of the Louisville versus Connecticut game (7:00 p.m. ET). The members of the Class of 2018 are: Ceal Barry (coach), Rose Marie Battaglia (veteran, contributor), Chris Dailey (contributor – assistant coach), Mickie DeMoss (contributor – assistant coach), Chamique Holdsclaw (player), Katie Smith (player), and Tina Thompson (player).
CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW (U.S. Player)
  • All-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee, leading the Lady Vols to three NCAA National Championships (1996, 1997, 1998) and was recognized as a four-time Kodak/WBCA All-American and two-time WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year.
  • Helped guide USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
  • 1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a six-time WNBA All-Star.
KATIE SMITH (U.S. Player)
  • Three-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008).
  • Led Detroit Shock to two WNBA Championships in 2006 and 2008, and was named the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP.
  • Two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1993 & 1996) and Big Ten Player of the Year (1996) while at Ohio State.
TINA THOMPSON (U.S. Player)
  • Two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2004, 2008).
  • Number 1 pick in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft, guiding the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA Championships (1997-2000).
  • Named one of the WNBA Top 15 Players of all time in 2011.
WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE – WBL (Trailblazers)
  • First professional women’s basketball league in the United States, playing three seasons from 1978-1981.
  • The league was created by sports promoter Bill Byrne and featured eight teams during its inaugural season.
  • Many notable Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees participated in the WBL including Carol Blazejowski, Cindy Brogdon, Nancy Dunkle, Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Lusia Harris Stewart, Tara Heiss, Nancy Lieberman, Muffet McGraw, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Pearl Moore, Inge Nissen, Patricia Roberts, Rosie Walker, and Holly Warlick.

 

The 2018 Induction will mark the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2018 will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame receiving their coveted Eastman Trophy and Baron Championship Induction Ring on June 9, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee. With the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall of Fame has honored 164 inductees.

In addition to inducting the Class of 2018, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will recognize the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL) for their contributions to the game with a display at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame entitled “Trailblazers of the Game”. The WBL will join eight other teams and organizations that have been recognized as “Trailblazers of the Game.” The WBL was the first professional women’s basketball league in the United States, playing three seasons from 1978 to 1981. Any former WBL players, coaches, and administrators are requested to contact the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame to receive information to participate in this celebration of the WBL (jsullivan@wbhof.com).

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining which individuals will be inducted each year and which groups will be honored as “Trailblazers of the Game.” Voting is based on minimum candidate requirements, which include record of performance, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women’s basketball.

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