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Current Events
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Honor the Past
Volume 7
Issue 1
Celebrate the Present
Promote the Future
Off the Backboard
the official newsletter of the women’s basketball hall of fame
Catching Up
Itís been a while since weíve been in contact with you via Off the Backboard. During that time, a lot has happened in womenís
basketball as well as around the Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame.
Our annual induction has come and gone. Weíve had some notable visitors. Several Hall of Famers have added even more
accolades to their already impressive lists of accomplishments. And the world of womenís basketball has lost three pioneers who
helped to make the sport what it is today.
Thereís a whole new slate of national champions as well as gold medalists from a couple of international competitions. And now,
weíre looking ahead. . .to the upcoming collegiate season with the State Farm Womenís Tip-Off Classic, and some new basketball
books hitting the bookstores.
Past, present, and future. . .kind of sounds like what the Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame is all about. . .honoring the past,
celebrating the present, and promoting the future.
So, without any further ado. . . .
Hall Welcomes Class of
2005 Inductees
There are six new names and faces in the
Womenís Basketball Hall of Fameís Hall
of Honor.
Remember the old song Monday,
Monday by the Mamas and Papas?
The Hall of Fame officially welcomed six
new members with the induction of the
Class of 2005 during a weekend of
festivities, June 10-11, in Knoxville.
The six newest Hall of Famers are former
Auburn head coach Joe Ciampi, four-time
NAIA All-American Kelli Litsch, Kodak
All-American founder Hunter Low, recordsetting high school coach Edna
Tarbutton, AAU All-American/NJCAA
championship coach Dixie Woodall, and
Kansas/Olympic/Harlem Globetrotter
legend Lynette Woodard.
Well, let it be a reminder that beginning
on Labor Day, September 5, the
Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame will
be closed on Mondays, from
September through the month of April.
The Class of 2005óJoe Ciampi, Kelli Litsch, Hunter
Low, Edna Tarbutton, Dixie Woodall, and Lynette
Woodardótakes center stage at the Knoxville
Convention Center at the conclusion of the
induction ceremony.
The weekendís activities for the inductees
included a dinner, brunch, and reception
as well as storytelling and autograph
sessions at the Hall and culminated with
the actual induction ceremony at the
Knoxville Convention Center.
With the addition of the Class of 2005, the
list of individuals who have been inducted
into the Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame
now stands at 85.
Monday, Monday
The Class of 2005óKelli Litsch, Lynette Woodard,
Dixie Woodall, Edna Tarbutton, Joe Ciampi and
Hunter Lowóaccept commemorative basketballs at
the Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame.
The lyrics of the song go on to say that
ìEvery other day, every other day, every
other day of the week is fine. . .î Well,
hereís another reminder: Every other
day of the weekóthe business week,
that isóthe Hall of Fame will be
opening one hour later with winter
hours of 11:00 a.m. ñ 5:00 p.m. Hours
for Saturday (10:00 a.m. ñ 5:00 p.m.)
and Sunday (1:00 p.m. ñ 5:00 p.m.)
stay the same year round.
And if you want to come to the Hall of
Fame on a Monday, Monday, just give
us a heads upówith a little advance
notice, weíll be more than happy to
accommodate you.
A Hoopful of Information at
Worth Noting
Sue Gunter (Class of 2000) and
Marcari (Class of 2002) will
be honored with enshrinement in the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of
Fame in Springfield, Mass., on
September 9. Gunter, who will be
recognized posthumously, and Marcari
join a list of 20 other basketball
legends who have been inducted in
both Naismith and the Womenís
Basketball Halls of Fame.
George E. Killian (Class of 2000) was
tabbed for induction into the NJCAA
Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame. Killian,
who served as Executive Director of the
National Junior College Athletic Association
from 1969 until retiring last summer, had
previously been selected for induction into
the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame and the
NJCAA Bowling Hall of Fame.
Sue Gunter stands next to her plaque in the Hall of
Honor during her induction to the Hall of Fame in
Gunter was also inducted into the
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame earlier
this summer. In addition, she was
recognized by Louisiana Public
Broadcasting as a ìLouisiana Legendî.
LaTaunya Pollard (Class of 2001)
added a couple of Hall of Fame
citations to her resume this summer. A
native of the Hoosier state, Pollard was
inducted into the Indiana Basketball
Hall of Fame as well as the National
High School Hall of Fame. Pollard
joins 10 others who have been
inducted into both the Womenís
Basketball Hall of Fame and the
National High School Hall of Fame.
The list includes Denise Curry (í99),
Sandra Meadows (í02), Ann Meyers
(Drysdale) (í99), Cheryl Miller (í99),
Kim Mulkey (Robertson) (í00), Cindy
Noble (Hauserman) (í00), Jim Smiddy
(í99), Edna Tarbutton (í05), Bertha
Frank Teague (í99) and Lynette
Woodard (í05).
Looking the World University Games
Artifacts from Pat Summittís record-setting 880th
career win are on display in the Womenís Basketball
Hall of Fame.
Kim Mulkey-Robertsonís Baylor squad earned a trip
to the White House and a visit with President George
W. Bush by winning a national championship.
C. Vivian Stringer (Class of 2001) will be
inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of New
Jersey on October 1.
Pat Summitt (Class of 1999) collected her
880th career victory with Tennesseeís 75-54
win over Purdue in the second round of the
2005 NCAA Tournament to move past
former North Carolina menís coach Dean
Smith to become the winningest coach in
NCAA basketball history. Summittís career
record entering her 32nd season at T
ennessee now stands at 882-172. Following the record-setting win, university officials
announced that the court at ThompsonBoling Arena on the UT campus will now be
known as ìThe Summittî.
Kim Mulkey-Robertson (Class of 2000)
guided Baylor to an NCAA Championship as
the Lady Bears beat Michigan State, 84-62,
in the 2005 NCAA Womenís Final Four in
Indianapolis. Mulkey-Robertson became
the first ever in the womenís game to win
NCAA titles both as a player (at Louisiana
Tech in 1982) and as a coach, and she
accomplished the feat in just her fifth year
as the Baylor head coach.
In Memory Of...
The Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame
as well as the world of womenís
basketball in general was saddened by
the recent loss of three women who
definitely made their respective marks
in the sport of basketball.
Sue Gunter died on August 4 at her
home in Baton Rouge, La. She was
66. During her 40-year coaching
career, which included stints at Middle
Tennessee State, Stephen F. Austin,
and 22 years at LSU, Gunter compiled
a 708-308 record. She was the
assistant coach for the 1976 U.S.
Olympic Team, which claimed a silver
medal in the first Olympics to include
womenís basketball, and was head
coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team,
which did not compete in the Moscow
Games because of President Jimmy
Carterís call for a boycott. Gunter
played for Nashville Business College
When you think of international sporting competitions, what comes to mind? Olympics? World Championships? Pan American Games?
While most sports fans probably arenít as familiar with the World University Games, the event, held every two years in odd-number years,
definitely has its place in womenís basketball history.
The first ìWorld Student Gamesî were held in Paris in 1923. While competitions continued through the years, the first ìUniversiadeî was
held in 1959, but womenís basketball was not included in the event until the eighth Universiade in 1973. The USA squad, which claimed
the silver medal that year, included four future Hall of FamersóJuliene Brazinski (Simpson), Nancy Dunkle, Pat Head (Summitt), and
Theresa Shank (Grentz). Altogether, 14 Womenís Basketball Hall of Famers have played in the World University Games while six Hall of
Famers have served as the head coach of USA squads that competed in the World University Games. There have been 39 athletes to
represent the USA in both the Olympics and the World University Games.
In August, the USA captured its sixth World University Games gold medal. The USAís first gold medal in the World University Games came
in 1979 when the squad coached by Fran Garmon beat the Soviet Union for the first time in a major international competition since 1957. In
the 15 Universiades that have included womenís basketball, the USA has come home with six gold medals and has medalled 13 times
overall. USA Basketball did not send a team to the World University Games in 2003, but the USA was represented in Daegu, Korea by an
All-Star squad from the Big 12 Conference.
George E. Killian, a 2000 Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, serves as president of the International University Sports Federation
(FISU), the organization that supervises the World University Games.
Hereís a look at how the United States has fared in the World University Games:
Moscow, Soviet Union
Sofia, Bulgaria
Mexico City, Mexico
Bucharest, Romania
Edmonton, Canada
Kobe, Japan
Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Sheffield, England
Buffalo, New York
Fukuoka, Japan
Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Beijing, China
Daegu, Korea
Izmir, Turkey
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Jill Upton
Lucille Kyvallos
Fran Garmon
Kay Yow
Jill Hutchinson
C. Vivian Stringer
Linda Sharp
Tara VanDerveer
Joan Bonvicini
Sylvia Hatchell
Jim Foster
Rene Portland
Debbie Ryan
Bill Fennelly
Kathy Delaney-Smith
2005 World University Games Team
from 1958-62 and earned AAU All-America
honors in 1960. She was inducted into the
Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
We are the Champions
Winning a national championship is quite an achievement.
Flags in the Hall of Fameís courtyard flew at halfmast in honor of Sue Gunter.
Eunies Futch passed away on June 18 in
Winston-Salem, N.C. Futch was a
three-time AAU All-American and helped
lead Hanes Hosiery to three consecutive
AAU National Championship titles in 1951,
1952, and 1953.
Ruth Cannon Nichols died on May 6 in
Littlefield, Texas. She was 71. Nichols
played at Wayland Baptist from 1952-55
where she was a two-time AAU All-American
and a member of the Flying Queensí first
two national championship squads in 1954
and 1955.
Eunies Futch (middle row, third from right) and Ruth
Cannon Nichols (middle row, far right) were teammates on the USAís 1955 Pan American team.
1973 World University Games Team
Futch and Nichols were teammates on the
USAís first Pan American Games team in
1955, which captured a gold medal in
Mexico City.
At the Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame, we recognize those
teams who have claimed a national title by displaying their team
photos in the Hall of Fame for a year in an exhibit that we call
the ìWinnersí Wallî.
The Hall of Fame congratulates to the teams who have captured
national championships in 2005.
In addition, a pair of USA Basketball squads claimed gold
medals this summer at the World University Games and the
FIBA Womenís U19 World Championship, respectively.
Just one more championship to go for the yearóthe WNBA will
crown its champion in mid-September with the leagueís playoff
finals set for September 14-22.
NCAA Division I
NCAA Division II
NCAA Division III
NAIA Division I
NAIA Division II
NJCAA Division I
NJCAA Division II
NJCAA Division II
Junior Pro Co-Ed Instructional
Junior Pro Bobby Lippert
Girlsí Training League
Junior Pro Girlsí Junior Varsity
AAU 9-under
AAU 10-under
AAU 11-under
AAU 12-under
AAU 13-under
AAU 14-under
AAU 15-under
AAU 16-under
AAU 17-under
AAU 19-under
AAU Junior Olympics
Christ the King (N.Y.) High School
Baylor University
Washburn University
Millikin University
Union University
Morningside College
Cenral Arizona College
Monroe Community College
Anoka Ramsey Community College
Knoxville (Tenn.) Boys & Girls Club
Showtyme/Lansing, Michigan
Cedar Bluff-Farragut (Tenn.)
Arizona Warriors
GBL Lady Rebels
Beyond the Rim
Beyond the Rim
Fort Worth Frogs
Indianaís Finest Black Cats
Georgia Metros Elite
Air Oklahoma Stars
Kansas Belles
Oklahoma Pride
Tip-Off Classic Field set,
Heading to Lubbock
Around the Hall
Mac Davis must not have been a basketball fan. Unlike Davis, who sang that ìHappiness was Lubbock, Texas in my rearview
mirror. . . .î, weíre eagerly looking forward to heading to Lubbock, Texas, for the 2005 State Farm Womenís Tip-Off Classic.
This yearís Tip-Off Classic is set for Sunday, November 13, and will feature a pair of Big 12-SEC showdowns with defending
national champion Baylor taking on Georgia and Texas Tech hosting LSU. Both games will be played at United Spirit Arena on
the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock and will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST (12 noon CST).
This marks the 13th year for the early-season event, which directly benefits the Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition,
the Hall of Fameís eighth group of inductees, the Class of 2006, will be announced during the Tip-Off Classic.
All four teams have previous Tip-Off Classic experience. Texas Tech played in the very first Tip-Off Classic in 1993, beating
Vanderbilt, 74-67 in Jackson, Tenn. The Lady Raiders also played in the 2001 (lost to Duke, 85-69, in Durham) and 2002 (lost
to Louisiana Tech, 85-76, in Knoxville) Tip-Off Classics. Georgiaís previous Tip-Off Classic apperance came in 2000 with the
Lady Bulldogs falling, 99-70, to the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies in Hartford. LSU and Baylor made their
first-ever showings in the event last year with the Lady Tigers nipping the Lady Bears, 71-70, in Austin.
And as for Mac Davis? He changed his tune later in the song and sang, ìNow happiness is Lubbock, Texas, growiní nearer and
dearer, and the vision is gettingí clearer in my dreams. . .î Just as it is for us. Hereís a closer look at the four teams
participating in this yearís Tip-Off Classic:
Kim Mulkey-Robertson
(6th season, 131-38)
National Champion
Andy Landers
(31st season, 716-220 overall,
634-199 in 26 seasons at UGA)
Sweet 16
Pokey Chatman
(2nd season, 33-3)
Final Four
Texas Tech
Marsha Sharp
(24th season, 557-175)
Sweet 16
* USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 poll
Around the Hall
Players and coaches from Team Texas
Express, which won the 2004 AAU 13-under national
championship, stand in front of their team photo that
has been on display for the past year on the Hallís
ìWinnersí Wallî. The Express players and coaches
stopped in Knoxville on their way to Roanoke, Va.,
for the 2005 AAU 14-under National Championship.
Olympic gold medalist and WNBA all-star Tamika
Catchings was on hand at the Hall of Fame for the
opening ceremony of the Junior Pro National
Championships. She also spoke to a group on
sportsmanship during her visit to the Hall.
Martha Vance Burns stands next to a display that
includes a photo of Nashville Business Collegeís
1950 AAU National Championship squad during
her visit to the Hall of Fame. Mrs. Burns was a
guard on that team that won the first of NBCís 11
AAU national titles.
When the LSU Lady Tigers visited the Hall of
Fame, they came bearing giftsóbobbleheads of
Seimone Augustus, Coach Pokey Chatman, and
Temeka Johnsonóthat are now part of a display
at the Hall of Fame.
Margaret Sexton Gleaves made her first visit to the
Hall of Fame since her induction in 2002. Her
daughter, Ann Ferrell, accompanied her on the visit.
Hitting the Books
Itís back to school time, and that means hitting the books. Right now is also a good time
for womenís basketball fans to be hitting the books with several new publications now
available in bookstores. From historical perspectives to coaching philosophies to Xs and
Osóthere are lots of different books to choose from.
A couple of the booksóShattering the Glass: The Dazzling History of Womenís
Basketball from the Turn of the Century to the Present by Pamela Grundy and Susan
Shackelford, and Coaching Girlsí Basketball Successfully by Jill Pruddenóare literally hot
off the press and have just been released. As can be expected from the title of Grundy
and Shackelfordís book, Shattering the Glass examines the game of womenís basketball
from its earliest origins to is current status. Readers can learn from Prudden, who has
won 700+ games as the girlsí basketball coach at Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School, on
strategies that have helped to make her team so successful.
Other books of interest to hoops fans that have been released in the past few months
include Just for Fun: The Story of AAU Womenís Basketball by Robert W. Ikard; The
Only Dance in Iowa: A History of Six-Player Girlsí Basketball by Max McElwain; and The
Complete Guide to Girlsí Basketball by Michael D. Mullaney.
Hall of Famer Marsha Sharp has written a book with her sister-in-law, Emily Sharp,
called Tall Enough to Coach: Elements of Leadership for Coaching and Life, which offers
an inside look into the success of the Texas Tech womenís basketball program as well as
applying lessons from the basketball court to life.
Words of wisdom from four other Hall of FamersóDorothy Gaters (Class of 2000),
Lorene Ramsey (Class of 2000), Amy Ruley (Class of 2004), and Pat Summitt (Class
of 1999)óplus 2000 U.S. Olympic Coach Nell Fortner are included in She Can Coach!
by Cecile Reynaud. The book is a compilation of the experiences of 20 of the most
successful female coaches in 13 different sports.
And there are even more books on their way in the months to come. Globe Pequot
Press is publishing a ìHoop Talesî series, which includes Hoop Tales: Tennessee Lady
Volunteers by Randy Moore, and Hoop Tales: UConn Huskies Womenís Basketball by
Terese Karmel, scheduled to be released in October. Also due out in October is
Coaching Girlsí Basketball: A Baffled Parentís Guide, written by 2004 WBHOF
inductee Sylvia Hatchell with Jeff Thomas. Another book to look forward to is Mad
Seasons: The Story of the First Womenís Professional Basketball League, 1978-1981
by Karra Porter, which will be available in early 2006.