Teresa Weatherspoon heading to Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
RUSTON, La. – Former Louisiana Tech Kodak All-American and WNBA all-star Teresa Weatherspoon will be part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced today in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the site of this year’s NCAA Men’s Final Four.
Weatherspoon will be enshrined during the festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, Sept. 5-7 and will join a star-studded class that includes two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch, eight-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member Bobby Jones, five-time NBA All-Star Sidney Moncrief, seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma, five-time NBA All-Star Paul Westphal and the first men’s collegiate team to win back-to-back-to-back Championships, the Tennessee A&I Teams of 1957-1959.
She joins Karl Malone and Leon Barmore as the third Louisiana Tech alum to join the most prestigious basketball hall of fame.
Weatherspoon played for Louisiana Tech University (1984-1988) where she was named to the Kodak All-America Team twice (1987, 1988). In 1988, she led her team to an NCAA Championship and was named the recipient of the Wade Trophy. Weatherspoon was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.She is also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Weatherspoon is a five-time WNBA All-Star (1999-2003) and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (1997, 1998). Recognized as an iconic player with the New York Liberty, she was the first player to tally 1,000 points and 1,000 assists in the WNBA.
Internationally, Weatherspoon is a six-time Italian League All-Star (1989-1994), two-time Russian League champion (1995,1996), and an Olympic gold medalist (1988).
Distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game also selected five directly elected enshrinees. They include Al Attles from the Contributor Committee, Charles “Chuck” Cooper from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Vlade Divac from the International Committee, Carl Braun from the Veterans Committee and the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens of 1948-1982 from the newly instated Women’s Veterans Committee.
To be elected, North American and Women’s Committee finalists must receive 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Direct elect committees are incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.
The Class of 2019 will be enshrined on Friday, September 6 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Ticket packages to the 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony and all Enshrinement events are on sale now and available online at www.hoophall.com or by calling the Basketball Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5513.
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