The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its eighth class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends on Thursday, including former Virginia center Siedah Williams, former Virginia Tech guard Sarah Hicks, and former Georgia Tech coach Bernadette McGlade, who is the current Atlantic-10 commissioner based out of Newport News.
The Legends will be honored during the ACC women's basketball tournament March 1-4 at Greensboro Coliseum.
The complete release is below:
GREENSBORO, N.C.--The Atlantic Coast Conference Thursday announced its eighth annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends. The Legends will be honored at the 2012 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 1-4 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Legends will be honored at the annual ACC Women's Basketball Legends' Lunch on Friday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m., and then will be introduced to the Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 3. The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors both players and coaches from each of the ACC's 12 schools who have contributed to the league's rich tradition.
Tickets to the Legends Luncheon are priced at $25 each and can be obtained by calling 1-336-373-7492. Quantities are limited.
Included in this year's class are 11 former-student-athletes and one head coach, who represent four decades of ACC Women's Basketball. Below is a complete list of this year's Legends, and the accolades from their playing and coaching careers.
BOSTON COLLEGE Kathleen Sweet, Center, Clarence, N.Y. (1983-87)
Sweet was the first dominating pivot player in the history of Boston College women's basketball
Despite being hampered by an ankle injury which required surgery after her sophomore year, she scored 1,006 points and grabbed 597 rebounds during her four-year career
Chosen to the Big East All-Rookie Team as a freshman (1984), she also earned 2nd team All-Big East honors as a junior (1986) and senior (1987)
As a senior, she served as team captain and a major force for the Eagles as they reached the championship game of the Big East Tournament for the first time
That year she was named to the Big East All-Tournament team
Also an excellent student, she was also named Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1987
She was inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame in 2004
A 1987 graduate of BC, she earned a law degree from Villanova in 1990
She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York state Bar Association, the Bar Association of Erie County and the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
She has been elected to serve as the president of the Erie County Bar Association starting in June of this year
In 2008 she received the M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award for lifetime achievement from the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York and was recently honors by Best Lawyers in America as New York's "Lawyer of the Year--2012" in the area of medical malpractice defense
A partner in the firm of Gibson, Metskill and Crosby, she and her husband, Brian Fredericks, currently live in Orchard Park, N.Y., and have a daughter (Caroline) and son (Michael).
CLEMSON Karen Jenkins Gray, Forward, Greenville, S.C. (1985-89)
One of the most accurate shooters in Clemson history, Karen Jenkins helped lead the Tigers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1988 and 1989 and a two-year record of 41-20
Jenkins earned 2nd-team All-ACC honors in 1988 and was also an Honorable Mention All-American selection that year by the Women's Sports Federation
As a freshman in 1986, she led all ACC rookies in field goal percentage, making 55.6 percent of her shots from the field
Jenkins ranks 2nd on Clemson's career field goal percentage list, having made 53.6 percent of her career shots from the field
She led Clemson in scoring and field goal percentage in 1987 and 1988
She still ranks 6th on the Clemson career list for most points scored with 1,514 and is 11th in career scoring average (13.6)
She is 6th in career field goals made (647) and 8th in field goal attempts (1202)
She also ranks 9th on the Clemson career rebounding list
Jenkins graduated from Clemson with a BA Degree in Sociology in 1989 and currently serves as the Human Services Coordinator for the Greenville County Department of Social Services
In addition, she has coached girls basketball at Berea High School in Greenville (2002-05) and more recently, Easley High School (2005-10)
A native of Greenville, she currently lives in Easley, S. C., with her husband, Thomas Bryant Gray, one son (Michael) and a stepson (Kevin Bryant).
DUKE Georgia Schweitzer Beasley, Guard, Pataskala, Ohio (1997-2001)
A two-time ACC Player of the Year and 2011 Naismith Award National Player of the Year finalist, Georgia Schweitzer led Duke to four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including two NCAA Final Four appearances in a four-year career with the Blue Devils
Schweitzer, a 2001 Kodak All-America and a first-team USBWA All-America, led the Blue Devils to ACC Championships in 2000 and 2001... She helped lead Duke to an overall 111-25 record, at the time the most wins by any Duke women's basketball player
She was named the 2001 ACC Tournament MVP and was also the MVP of the 1999 NCAA East Regional Tournament
Schweitzer became the first player in Duke history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists and 150 steals
She completed her collegiate career with 1,620 points, 533 rebounds, 428 steals and 171 steals
Schweitzer was twice chosen first-team All-ACC in 2000 and 2001
After graduating from Duke with a degree in environmental science & policy, she played for Minnesota of the WNBA from 2001 through 2003
She then returned to Duke's medical school and received her MD in 2008 and is currently working on a master's degree in clinical research
A general surgeon at the Duke University Medical Center, she is currently serving a two-year fellowship in cancer research
She and her husband Jonathan Beasley live in Durham with their son (Reid).
FLORIDA STATE Christy Derlak Lawley, Guard, Evansville, Tenn. (1990-94)
One of the most prolific long-range shooters in FSU history, Christy Derlak lettered four times for the Seminoles during the 1991 through 1994 seasons
In her senior season she earned 2nd-team All-ACC honors and was also named to the ACC Select Team
A 1993 Special Mention All-America, she totaled 1,193 points in her 113-game FSU career and still ranks 19th on the Seminoles' all-time women's basketball scoring list
Derlak set a school record for most three-point field goals in a game with seven against Tennessee-Chattanooga on Nov. 26, 1993
Her career three-point field goal percentage of .341 is still the 7th-best in Seminole history
In 1994 she led the Seminoles in total points (464), scoring average (17.1), field goals made (150), free throws made (122), steals (40), three-point field goals made (47) and percentage made (.286)
She topped the 30-point mark twice in her career, netting 33 against Chattanooga in 1993 and 30 versus Duke in 1994
She helped the 'Noles post a 61-53 record during her four-year career
An excellent student, she was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 1992, 1993 and 1994 and was the first FSU women's basketball player to be awarded the prestigious ACC Postgraduate Scholarship
She received a Bachelor of Science degree from FSU in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master's of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology
.She currently works as a Speech Language Pathologist at University Hospital in Tamarac, Fla., and resides in Ft. Lauderdale with her husband, Jeffrey Lawley, and daughter Sam McQuaig.
GEORGIA TECH Bernadette McGlade, Head Coach, Gloucester City, N.J. (1981-88)
Former Georgia Tech head women's basketball coach and Associate Athletic Director Bernadette McGlade becomes the first woman honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference as a Women's Basketball Legend as both a player and a coach
McGlade, who became the first-full-time women's basketball coach in Georgia Tech history in 1981, is being honored for her coaching skills this year, but she was previously honored in 2007 as a standout student-athlete at North Carolina (1977-80)
During her eight seasons at the helm of the Georgia Tech program she built a program from scratch
She guided the Jackets to their first winning season, a 14-13 campaign in 1986-87 and to their first win over a nationally ranked team, an 81-80 upset of 13th-ranked Maryland in 1988
She recruited a pair of freshmen All-Americas in Dolores Bootz (1985) and Ida Neal (1986), with Bootz becoming the first Tech player to earn All-ACC honors (1986-87-88) and Neal becoming the first Tech player to earn first-team All-ACC honors (1989)
She coached one Academic All-America, had six players named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll, and seven of her former players are currently in the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, an honor which she also received in 1998
In addition to serving as head coach at Tech, she also undertook the responsibility of overseeing 14 sports programs, including the elevation of three sports from club to Division 1 status
She served as the Tournament Director for the 1993 NCAA Women's Final Four, the first Women's Final Four which was an advance sellout
She left Tech to become Assistant Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1997 overseeing women's basketball, then spent nine years as Associate Commissioner working with the ACC's Olympic Sports Championships, Senior Woman Administrators as well as ACC and NCAA Committee oversight
She joined the Atlantic 10 conference as its fifth full-time commissioner in 2008 and currently lives in Newport News, Va. and is the proud aunt to 11 nieces and nephews as well as six grandnieces and nephews.
MARYLAND Myra Waters, Forward, Toledo, Ohio (1978-82)
A standout for the Terrapins from 1978-79 through 1981-82, Waters was one of Maryland's most reliable offensive threats
A 5-10 forward out of Toledo, Ohio, Waters averaged 13.0 points for her career and shot 54 percent from the field
She ranks 14th on the Terrapins' career scoring list with 1,423 points and ranks 7th on the Terps' career rebounding list with 782
She averaged 7.1 rebounds a contest and ranks 5th in career steals with 241
During her four seasons in College Park, she helped lead the Terrapins of Coach Chris Weller to an overall 87-32 record which includes ACC championships in 1979, 1981 and 1982
She was named to the ACC All-Tournament team in 1980
The Terrapins earned an AIAW or NCAA Tournament berth in each of her varsity seasons, with Maryland reaching the Elite Eight three times and advanced to the first NCAA Final Four in her senior year
In each of her years with the Terrapins, Maryland finished ranked nationally no lower than 8th and was ranked 3rd nationally in her senior season
After graduating from Maryland with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Waters earned a Master's degree in Family and Community Development and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, both also from the College Park campus
She also spent three seasons (1986-88) as a graduate assistant coach for the Terrapins
Waters is single and now serves as Director of the University of Baltimore Counseling Center.
Hicks, Williams, A-10 commissioner McGlade among those honored as ACC Women's Basketball Legends
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