KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will induct the Class of 2018 this weekend, and four-time Lady Vol All-American Chamique Holdsclaw and former UT assistant coach Mickie DeMoss are among seven women being welcomed.
Members of the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL) also are being recognized as “Trailblazers of the Game.” The WBL was the first professional women’s basketball league in the United States, playing three seasons from 1978 to 1981. Many notable Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees participated in the WBL, including Carol Blazejowski, Cindy Brogdon, Nancy Dunkle, Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Lusia Harris Stewart, Tara Heiss, Nancy Lieberman, Muffet McGraw, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Pearl Moore, Inge Nissen, Patricia Roberts, Rosie Walker and Holly Warlick. Brogdon, Roberts and Warlick starred for Tennessee, and Warlick, of course, is beginning her seventh season as the Lady Vols’ head coach.
Other 2018 inductees include Ceal Barry (coach), Rose Marie Battaglia (veteran, contributor), Chris Dailey (contributor – assistant coach), Katie Smith (player) and Tina Thompson (player).
The induction ceremony will take place Saturday night at the Tennessee Theatre. Contact the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for ticket information.
The 2018 Induction will mark the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999.
With the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall of Fame has honored 164 inductees, with Holdsclaw and DeMoss becoming the 11th and 12th with Tennessee ties entering the hall. In addition to Brogdon (2002), Roberts (2000) and Warlick (2001), UT also has seen head coach Pat Summitt (1999), athletics director Gloria Ray (2010) and student-athletes Cindy Noble Hauserman (2000), Daedra Charles-Furlow (2007), Bridgette Gordon (2007), Jill Rankin Schneider (2008) and Nikki McCray (2012) enshrined.
2018 LADY VOL INDUCTEES
CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW (Player)
• Holdsclaw is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee in men’s or women’s basketball
• She is also the all-time leading scorer in SEC women’s basketball
• Holdsclaw guided the Lady Vols to three NCAA National Championships (1996, 1997, 1998)
• She was a four-time Kodak/WBCA All-American and two-time Naismith Player of the Year
• Holdsclaw was named the Honda-Broderick Award winner in 1998 and was named the James E. Sullivan award winner for top amateur athlete in the U.S. in 1998
• She was named WNBA Rookie of the Year in 1999 and was a WNBA All-Star six times
• Holdsclaw was the WNBA Scoring Champion in 2002 and was the WNBA Rebounding Champion in 2002 and 2003
• She helped guide USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney
• Holdsclaw was a WBCA All-American in high school in 1995
MICKIE DEMOSS (Contributor – Assistant Coach)
• DeMoss’ overall record as an assistant coach is 848-209
• As an assistant coach, she helped guide Tennessee to six NCAA National Championships including 12 NCAA Final Four appearances
• DeMoss also helped guide Tennessee to 11 SEC regular season championships and 10 SEC tournament championships.
• She has helped develop 11 Lady Vols into WBCA All-Americans and three Naismith Players of the Year
• DeMoss also helped develop seven Lady Vols into U.S. Olympians
• She was named the WBCA NCAA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000
• In 1998, DeMoss was named the Women’s Basketball Journal Top Assistant Coach in the Country
• She was an assistant coach for the Indiana Fever for two years, helping guide them to the 2012 WNBA Championship
• DeMoss has worked as an assistant coach under four Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coaches (Pat Summitt, Joe Ciampi, Gail Goestenkors and Lin Dunn)