The 12 finalists for possible induction into the Women’s Basketball of Hall of Fame have made enduring contributions to women’s basketball and should be celebrated for the lasting impact they’ve made on the game. Among the finalists, Ticha Penicheiro — who held the WNBA all-time assists record until Sue Bird dethroned her in 2017 — is one of the more well-known names for potential induction, along with Ruth Riley and Valerie Still.
But only a handful will be enshrined with the Class of 2019, and these inductees will be announced tonight — Monday, Feb. 4 — during ESPN2’s broadcast of the Baylor at Texas game, which tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Finalists for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019
CEO of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (2001-2014)
Assisted in the launch of WBCA’s Think Pink campaign for breast cancer awareness (2007)
President’s Award from the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (2004)
Point guard for three-time AIAW National Champion Delta State University (1975-1977)
One of 12 players recognized by the NCAA at the 2013 Women’s Final Four Championship
Kodak All-American (1978)
Inducted into the Delta State Sports Hall of Fame (1988)
Served as Women’s Athletics Director at Tennessee for 29 years, elevating Tennessee as one of the nation’s premier women’s athletics departments
Athletic Director of the Year by National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (2005)
First recipient of the NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award (2017)
Nora Lynn Finch
Inaugural Chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee (1981-1988)
Member of several key NCAA committees, including the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee, the NCAA Division I Management Committee, and the NCAA Division I Championships Cabinet (Chair), as well as many other committee
The Atlantic Coach Conference’s (ACC) first female Assistant Athletics Director
Served on the United States Olympic Committee (1969-1972) and (1974-1976)
Holds a .810 winning percentage in her collegiate career with an overall record of 311-73
Inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame, the Queens College Athletics Hall of Fame, the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, and the West Chester State College Hall of Fame
Russian League Champion (2007), EuroLeague Champion (2007), Czech League Champion (2011) and Turkish League Champion (2012)
Four-time WNBA All-Star, seven-time WNBA assist leader, and named to the 2016 WNBA Top-20 Players of All Time
Two-time Kodak All-American (1997, 1998) and the Wade Trophy Winner (1998)
Olympic gold medalist (2004)
Two-time WNBA champion with the Detroit Shock (2003, 2006) and the 2003 WNBA Finals MVP
Naismith Player of the Year guiding Notre Dame to their first NCAA Division I National Championship (2001)
Carolyn Bush Roddy
Two-time NJCAA All-American at Hiawassee Junior College
Led Wayland Baptist Flying Queens to two AAU National Championships, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding both years
Texas Panhandle Player of the Year (1975)
25 seasons as a collegiate head coach with a career record of 453-189 (.709)
Led Western Kentucky to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances including three Final Fours and was the 1992 NCAA Division I runner-Up
Won a JUCO National Championship, was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2000 and into the Western Kentucky University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008
All-time coaching record of 1,045-293 (.781), with only two losing seasons in 40 years
Third all-time in NCAA Division II history with 634 victories
During his 12 years at Canyon High School, his teams won five state championships and finished runner-up five times
Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder guiding the Wildcats to the 1982 SEC regular season and NCAA Tournament championships
Kodak/WCBA All-American at Kentucky (1982, 1983), and then led the Columbus Quest to back-to-back ABL Championships (1997, 1998)
First female to have her jersey retired at Kentucky, in any sport, and inducted in the charter class of the University of Kentucky’s Hall of Fame
Overall record of 889-183 in 32 seasons at Stanford as an assistant coach, associate head coach and head coach
During her tenure, Stanford has won two NCAA Division I National Championships, reached 13 Final Fours, 19 Elite Eights and 24 Sweet Sixteens
United Press International National Coach of the Year and Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1996)
The 2019 Trailblazer of the Game Award recipient will also be announced during tonight’s ESPN2 broadcast, and the new class will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 8, 2019 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Source for career highlights of the 12 finalists: Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
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