Former Maryland women’s basketball player Jasmina Perazic was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday. She became Maryland’s fourth inductee, behind longtime coach Chris Weller (2010) and players Tara Heiss (2003) and Vicky Bullett (2011). 

Perazic was inducted as a part of the 2014 class, along with WNBA coach Lin Dunn, former Iowa star player Michelle Edwards, broadcaster Mimi Griffin and former Southern Illinois women’s athletic director Charlotte West at a ceremony in Knoxville, Tenn.

"The feeling is overwhelming and empowering at the same time.  It is not easy putting it into words," Perazic said in an email. "It gives you a feeling of pride and a feeling of joy, but not for yourself so much.  Instead it is the pride and joy that you feel for all the special people who came before you, who influenced you, who inspired you, who taught you and who helped you along the way."

The 6-foot guard/forward helped lead the Terps to three straight Atlantic Coast Conference championships from 1981-1983 and a NCAA tournament Final Four appearance in 1982. In 1983, Perazic was named the ACC tournament co-MVP and a Kodak All-American. She ranks 18th  on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 1,396 career points, and her No. 4 jersey has been retired since 1983. 

Born in Novi Sad, Serbia, Perazic was a two-time member of the Yugoslavian Olympic women’s basketball team, which she helped claim a bronze medal at the 1980 summer games in Moscow. 

"With this individual honor, I also represent University of Maryland, my alma mater, and my beautiful home country of Serbia," she said. "It feels so wonderful to be recognized not just for being an All-American or an Olympian, but for impacting the game of basketball in a positive way and contributing to the growth of the game I so passionately love."

Perazic played one season in the WNBA for the New York Liberty before beginning a career in coaching. She served as the head coach for four seasons at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, where in 2009 she was named both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association District III National Coach of the Year and the Gazette’s Prince George’s County Coach of the Year. 

She then spent five seasons as an assistant coach of the Monmouth University women’s basketball team, and is now the head women's basketball coach at Georgia Court University.

For Perazic, her work will not stop with the Hall of Fame. 

"I said this at the induction ceremony and I am saying it again: I promise that I will do everything in my power to continue to help grow and promote women's basketball," Perazic said. "The only limits that we have are the limits we place upon ourselves.  Our potential is unlimited.  The best is ahead of us."

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