McCray Going Into Women’s Basketball Hall Of Fame This Weekend
Former Tennessee Lady Vol Olympian and All-American Nikki McCray is among a class of six being inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.
Joining McCray in the Class of 2012 are Nancy Fahey (coach), Pam McGee (player), Inge Nissen (player), Robin Roberts (contributor) and Dawn Staley (player).They comprise the 14th group of inductees into the hall.
During her career at Tennessee from 1991-95, McCray led the Lady Vols to three SEC regular season titles, two conference tournament championships and four NCAA tournament appearances. She earned All-America and SEC Player of the Year honors in both her junior and senior years. The 5’11” forward from Collierville, Tenn., scored 1,572 career points (12.4 ppg career average) as a Lady Vol. Additionally, McCray was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA All-Star, and she scored 2,528 points during her nine-year WNBA career.
McCray’s inclusion in the WBHOF marks the eighth Lady Vol player to be enshrined, as she joins Cindy Noble and Patricia Roberts (2000), Holly Warlick (2001), Cindy Brogdon (2002), Daedra Charles and Bridgette Gordon (2007) and Jill Rankin (2008). Lady Vol Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt (1999) and former UT Women’s Athletics Director Gloria Ray (2010) also have been enshrined.
“I am so happy for Nikki,” said Summitt. “She overcame obstacles and injuries to have a great college career and then went on to win two Olympic gold medals and be a WNBA All-Star. Nikki’s perseverance and hard work paid great dividends for her.”
With the addition of the Class of 2012, the list of individuals who have been recognized as Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees will increase to 127.
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining which individuals will be inducted each year. Voting is based on various factors, which may include moral character, integrity, sportsmanship, record of performance, ability, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women’s basketball.
In order to be considered for selection for induction, an individual must meet the following prerequisites:
• Player: Must be retired from the highest level of play for at least five years
• Coach: Must have coached the women’s game at least 20 years
• Referee: Must have officiated the women’s game at least 10 years
• Contributor: Must have significantly impacted the game of women’s basketball