Foster, Blair to enter Women's HOF
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair and Ohio State coach Jim Foster headline the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Players Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Jen Rizzotti, Annette Smith-Knight and Sue Wicks also will inducted June 8 in Knoxville, Tenn. All members of the 15th class of inductees will be introduced at the 2012 State Farm Tip-Off Classic game between Baylor and Kentucky on Nov. 13 in Waco, Texas.
Blair led the Aggies to a national championship in 2011 and has a 212-90 record in nine seasons at Texas A&M. He started his coaching career in 1973 at South Oak Cliff High in Dallas. His teams went 239-18 and won three state Class 4A championships in 1977, 1978 and 1980. Blair left South Oak Cliff in 1980 and became an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech. His first college head coaching job was at Stephen F. Austin in 1985. He moved on to Arkansas in 1993 and led the Razorbacks to the Final Four in 1998.
Jim Foster is in his 11th season at Ohio State. He has been a head coach for 35 years and is the eighth winningest coach in Division I history. He rose from the high school ranks to coach at St. Joseph's, where he led the Hawks to three Atlantic-10 championships. He then coached 11 seasons at Vanderbilt, winning three SEC tournament titles before moving to Ohio State. Foster's team have amassed 26 NCAA tournament appearances, including one Final Four.
Peggy Gillom-Granderson played for Ole Miss from 1976-80, becoming its all-time leading scorer with 2,486 points. She was drafted by the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Professional Basketball League and played one season. After her playing career, Gillom-Granderson was an assistant coach at Ole Miss before becoming the head coach at Texas A&M. She also was an assistant for the 2000 Olympic women's team and the Houston Comets.
Jen Rizotti played for the UConn Huskies from 1992-96. She was a member of the 1995 national championship team that finished 35-0. Rizotti played professionally for the New England Blizzard in the American Basketball League, where she was a two-time all-star, before playing with the Houston Comets, Detroit Shock and Cleveland Rockers in the WNBA. She has coached the past 11 seasons at the University of Hartford.
Annette Smith-Knight played at Texas from 1981-86. She was a member of the 1986 national championship team that went 34-0. A Kodak All-American, Smith-Knight is UT's career scoring leader with 2,523 points. She now serves as the community service coordinator for Texas athletics.
Sue Wicks was a three-time All-American at Rutgers. She was the Naismith, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, Women's Basketball News Service and Street & Smith's national player of the year in 1988. Wicks holds Rutgers records for points scored (2,655), rebounds (1,357), scoring average (21.2 ppg), rebounding average (10.9 rpg), field goals made (1,091) and attempted (2,099), free throws made (473) and attempted (641), and blocked shots (293). She played 15 professional seasons overseas and in the WNBA from 1997-2000. Wicks is an assistant coach for the women's basketball team at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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