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Kim Mulkey, Teresa Weatherspoon, Muffett McGraw & Rebecca Lobo headline list of 2017 Naismith HOF candidates

Kim Mulkey, Teresa Weatherspoon, Muffett McGraw & Rebecca Lobo headline list of 2017 Naismith HOF candidates

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced nominees for the Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2017. The candidates from The Women’s Committee included thirteen notable candidate.

Baylor University Women’s Basketball head coach Kim Mulkey, is the only woman nominated as both a coach and a player.  Mulkey, the only basketball coach to win a national championship as a head coach, assistant coach and player, has amassed a 484-93 record amidst her 17th season leading the Lady Bears. She is No. 2 nationally in winning percentage (.839), and owns the top winning percentage and win total in the Big 12 Conference.

Mulkey was a star at Hammond High School before beginning an All-America career at Louisiana Tech, leading the Lady Techsters to a 130-6 record and two national titles from 1980-84. A gold medal winner on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, Mulkey has led Baylor to a pair of NCAA titles and a 484-93 record since 2000.

Teresa Weatherspoon, a point guard at Louisiana Tech, was national player of the year in 1988 as she led the Lady Techsters to the NCAA championship before going on to win a gold medal with the U.S. team in the 1988 Olympics. Weatherspoon was an original member of the WNBA, earning five All-Star honors and leading the New York Liberty to three straight finals appearances. Weatherspoon later had a stint as coach at Louisiana Tech.

Former UConn women’s basketball National Player of the Year Rebecca Lobo is in her third year on the women’s nomination list. Lobo, currently a television broadcaster with ESPN, led UConn to a perfect 35-0 record in helping guide the Huskies to their first NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship in 1994-95.  In addition to earning National Player of the Year honors, Lobo was a member of the 1996 USA Women’s Basketball Gold Medal winning Olympic team and was the No. 1 pick of the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft. A two-time All-American at UConn, Lobo averaged a double-double in her four collegiate seasons, scoring at a 16.9/game clip and adding 10.1 rebounds per game.

Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Head Coach Muffet McGraw is one of five coaches (men’s or women’s) in Division I history with 800 wins, seven Final Fours and five NCAA title game appearances, joining the elite company of Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith, all of whom are enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Over her 30-year coaching career, McGraw is 831-265 (.758), making her the sixth-winningest active coach nationally and the 10th-winningest all-time at the Division I level. She is the only coach to be named the consensus national coach of the year three times, sweeping the Associated Press, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Naismith Award and United States Basketball Writers Association honors in 2001, 2013 and 2014.

Leta Andrews (Granbury ISD's photo)

Leta Andrews (Granbury ISD’s photo)

Coach Leta Andrews, retired Granbury Lady Pirate coach is the winningest high school basketball coach. Andrews became the winningest high school basketball coach in the country in 2010 when she passed Robert Hughes (1333). She led her teams to 16 state final four appearances and was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Andrews was the recipient of the inaugural Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball.

 

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Other Women’s Committee Nominees:

Jennifer Azzi (PLA)
Susie McConnell (PLA)
Pearl Moore (PLA)
Harley Redin (COA)
Theresa Shank (PLA)
Marianna Stanley (COA)
Barbara Stevens (COA)
Wayland Baptist (TEA)

A news conference to unveil finalists from the North American and women’s committee nominees will be held Feb. 18 in New Orleans in conjunction with the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. The entire class will be announced April 3 at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Glendale, Arizona.

Enshrinement festivities will take place in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 7-9, 2017.

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