KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame announced next year's inductees on Monday night during halftime of USA versus Brazil Olympic warmup game in Washington, D.C.
The two coaches and four players will be formally introduced during the State Farm Tip-Off Classic between Baylor an Kentucky on November 13 in Waco, TX and inducted on June 8, 2013 in Knoxville.
In addition to the Class of 2013, the Hall of Fame will also honor the Wayland Baptist University Flying Queens 1953 to 1958 teams for their contributions to the game in a display entitled "Trailblazers of the Game." Other teams recognized as "Trailblazers" include All American Red Heads, Edmonton Grads, and the Former Helms/Citizens Savings/Founders Bank.
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame - Class of 2013
GARY BLAIR (Coach)
Blair ranks in the top 15 in career victories and in the top 25 by winning percentage among Division I coaches. He is one of only three all-time NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches to lead two different team to the NCAA Women's Final Four. In 28 years as a collegiate head coach, Blair has compiled a 620-253 record, leading his current team, Texas A&M to the 2011 NCAA National Championship.
JIM FOSTER (Coach)
In 34 years, Foster has amassed a 765-294 record as a head coach. The 765 career victories rank eighth among active coaches and 12th all-time. He is just the second collegiate coach (men's or women's) at any level to win at least 200 games at three different schools (Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, and St. Joseph's University). He was named the 1993 USBWA Coach of the Year.
PEGGIE GILLOM-GRANDERSON (Player)
A four-year starting forward at the University of Mississippi, Gillom-Granderson is Ole Miss' all-time leading scorer (2,486 points) and rebounder (1,271). She is one of two Ole Miss players to ever score more than 2,000 points and grab more than 1,000 rebounds. She was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. She was a finalist for the 1980 Wade Trophy.
JEN RIZZOTTI (Player)
Rizzotti player for the University of Connecticut from 1992-1996, leading the Huskies to their first national championship in 1995 with a perfect 35-0 record. She finished her collegiate career with 1,540 points, 637 assists, and 349 steals. She was a two-time Kodak All-American and NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player (1995, 1996). Rizzotti was named the 1996 Wade Trophy winner, Associated Press Player of the Year, and
Big East Player of the Year.
ANNETTE SMITH-KNIGHT (Player)
Smith-Knight played at the University of Texas, leading the Longhorns to the 1986 NCAA Division I National Championship with a perfect 34-0 record. She is the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,523 points. She was the 1983 and1984 Southwest Conference Player of the Year, a 1984 Kodak All-American, and a finalist for the 1984 Wade Trophy. Smith-Knight also helped lead USA Basketball to gold in the 1983 World University Games.
SUE WICKS (Player)
Wicks played for Rutgers University, where she still holds records (male or female) for points scored (2,655), scoring average (21,2 ppg), rebounds (1,357), rebounding average (10.9 rpg), blocked shots (293), field goals made/attempted (1,091 of 2,099), and free throws made/attempted (473 of 641). She was the 1988 Naismith Player of the Year, U.S. Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year, and Street & Smith's Player of the Year. She finished her WNBA career as the number eight leader of blocked shots.
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