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Women in Basketball History 2

Guest Author - Lori Collvins

Denise Curry´s 3,198 points marked the most posted in a career by a UCLA Bruin, male or female and the rebounding mark (1,310) and career field goal percentage (.607). She attended UCLA from 1977-81. She averaged 24.6 ppg and 10.1 rpg. Denise won gold medals at the 1984 Olympics, the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1979 World Championships. After the 1980 Soviet Games, she was hailed as "a universal player."

Kathy Delaney-Smith was the first Massachusetts girl to score 1,000 points during her high-school basketball career. She was a 1971 graduate of Bridgewater State College and later compiled a 204-31 record as coach at Westwood High School. Six of her teams went unbeaten during the regular season, and one won a state title. Delaney-Smith later moved on to Harvard, where she directed the school to its first Ivy League title, in 1985-86. Her 194-168 record ranked her as the winningest Harvard basketball coach, male or female. She is currently in her 23rd season as Head Coach of Harvard women's basketball

Anne Donovan was a standout at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jesey during the late 1970s. The 6-foot-8 1983 Naismith Award winner played in all 136 games during her Old Dominion career. She tallied 2,719 points and averaged 14.5 rebounds per game during her four years and played professionally in Japan after graduating. In 2001 Donovan became head coach of the WNBA´s Charlotte Sting. Anne Donovan was selected on Nov. 6, 2003, to serve as an assistant coach to Van Chancellor and the 2004 U.S. Women's Olympic Team. She was named one of the 100 Greatest Female Athletes Of The Century by Sports Illustrated For Women.

Lusia Harris Stewart, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound center, was a two time All-Stater in high school and she starred for Coach L. Margaret Wade´s three AIAW national-champion teams at Delta State in the mid 1970s. She once scored 58 points in a single game. In the 1976 Montreal Games she scored the first-ever basket in Olympic women´s basketball competition. She later played for the WBL´s Houston Angels, eventually returning to Delta State as an admissions counselor and assistant basketball coach.

Pat Head Summitt played for the United States in the 1973 World University Games in the Soviet Union, but her 1976 Olympic hopes appeared to be thwarted by a career-jeopardizing knee injury. UT at Knoxville granted her a graduate assistantship and made her the head women´s basketball coach at age 22, allowing her to rehabilitate while staying close to the game. She made both the Women´s World Championship and Pan American Games squads in 1975 and won silver in Montreal at the 1976 Olympics. She was head coach in 1984 when the United States won its first Olympic gold medal in women´s basketball. Heading into the 1996-97 season, Summitt held a 596-133 coaching record. She had guided UT to four national titles. After the 1996 championship, she was granted a raise two-year contract extension through the 2002-03 season.

Nancy Lieberman-Cline was the youngest member of the 1976 Olympic team, the only two-time winner of the Wade Trophy (1979 and ´80) and a hall-of-famer. The former Old Dominion star, nicknamed "Flame" and "Big Red" as a girl because of her red hair, she averaged 26.3 points a game with the WBL´s Dallas Diamonds, then, in 1984, played with the Women´s American Basketball Association´s Dallas entry. In 1986, she became the first woman to play in a men´s pro league, the United States Basketball League, and averaged 1.6 points a game for Springfield. In 1987, she joined the Washington Generals.

Sandra Ortiz-Del Valle became the first woman to officiate a men´s professional game when the New Haven Skyhawks played the Philadephia Spirit in the United States Basketball League.

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