Coaches Gary Blair (Texas A&M) and Jim Foster (Ohio State) and players Peggy Gillom (Ole Miss), Jen Rizzotti (Connecticut), Anne Smith-Knight (Texas) and Sue Wicks (Rutgers) were introduced on Monday as the 2013 Class of Inductees to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame during the halftime of the USA versus Brazil exhibition game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
NEW ORLEANS, La. --- Katrina McClain, Georgia Basketball's first-ever National Player of the Year in 1987 who went on to become a three-time U.S. Olympian, has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall's Class of 2012 was announced on Monday in New Orleans in association with the NCAA Men's Final Four.
She looked like she was ready for a game of pick-up basketball. Sitting in her white Georgia State sweats, with her long and curly brown hair free falling down to her shoulders, her ebony skin glistening in the light and her welcoming smile ever present, Georgia State Womens assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator Bridgette Gordon sat back and reminisced about her own days inside the perimeter of the basketball court.
Bridgette Gordon already stood 5 feet, 11 inches and was a stellar all-around athlete by the time she entered sixth-grade in sunny DeLand, Florida.
I was a better softball player than basketball player, said Gordon, who also excelled at volleyball and track. However, when Gordon reached high school she realized that not much attention was paid to those sports, so she decided to mainly focus on basketball.
I decided knowing that basketball would take me further and help me get a free education so I put all my energy toward basketball, said Gordon.
It was a decision that would change her life, taking her to countries she never imagined she would see, finding her photo on a Wheaties box, and ultimately landing her in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.