One of the most prestigious accolades an individual can have is adding to their resume that they are in the Hall of the Fame. For the years of not only their diligent hard work and dedication, yet the inspiration one has brought to multiple people’s lives.
During tonight’s halftime show of Thursday’s showdown between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Louisville, 10 Finalist were named for this year’s Class of 2018 Women’s Hall of Fame.
The list is as follows in no particular order:
Yelena Baranova (International player, Russia) — Back in 1992, Baranova won a gold medal at the Olympic games. Her accolades also include being named a WNBA All-Star in 2001 and the European Player of the Year in 1998.
Ceal Barry (coach) — Barry spent 26 years coaching which included 12 appearances in the NCAA tournament with six trips to the Sweet 16 and three to the Elite Eight. Barry compiled an overall coaching record of 510-284 and was the 1994 U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year.
Rose Marie Battaglia (veteran, contributor) — If selected, Battaglia will add a second Hall of Fame to her resume as she already is in the NJCAA Hall of Fame with four NJCAA Final Four in 38 years of coaching and an overall record of 702-240. In 1998, Battaglia was the WBCA Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Christine Dailey (assistant coach) — Dailey has been the top assistant at UConn for years, evident in winning over 1,000 games as an assistant to Geno Auriemma. Dailey has helped the Huskies win 11 NCAA National Championships. She already is an inductee into two separate Hall of Fames already: Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Mickie DeMoss (assistant coach) — DeMoss has served as an assistant coach with Tennessee, as well as, with the Indiana Fever. She helped the Lady Vols to six NCAA National Championships, plus 12 appearances in the Final Four. In her two years with the Fever, DeMoss helped Indiana win the 2012 WNBA championship.
Chamique Holdsclaw (US player) — Behind Holdsclaw’s play, Tennessee won three NCAA National Championships (1996-19998) and walked away as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder for the Lady Vols. Holdsclaw won a plethora of awards in college including a four-time Kodak/WBCA All-American and two-time WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year. As a pro, she was selected as an All-Star six times and was the WNBA’s 1999 Rookie of the Year.
Vickie Orr (US player) — After scoring 2,035 points in her collegiate career, Orr ranks third overall in most points scored at Auburn University. In 1988 and 1989, Orr led the Tigers to two NCAA Final Fours and in 1988 was the SEC Player of the year.
Katie Smith (US player) — When Smith played for the Detroit Shock, she won two WNBA championships (2006, 2008) and was the Finals MVP for the title won in 2008. Smith also helped USA Basketball win three gold medals in 2000, 2004, and 2008. To this day, Smith remains a name commonly talked about after her decorated career at Ohio State. She not only was a Big Ten Player of the Year (1996) but also a two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1993 & 1996).
Valerie Still (US player) — In 1982, Still guided Kentucky to the SEC’s regular season and tournament championships. She was a two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1982, 1983). Still is not only the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder but also the first female to have her jersey retired at Kentucky and inducted into the charter class of the University of Kentucky’s Hall of Fame.
Tina Thompson (US player) — Thompson was the very first player to be drafted in the WNBA by the Houston Comets in the league’s inaugural season (1997). With Thompson playing a key role, the Comets went on to win four consecutive WNBA titles. She also is a two-time Gold medalist (2004, 2008) and in 2011 was named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of all-time.
Selections for the Hall of Fame will be announced on Feb. 12 during the Louisville and UConn game at 7 pm on ESPN 2.