By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Jaguars Defeat Legends In Overtime
The Legends, which were comprised of former WNBA stars participated in a series of weekend activities to help raise money for the Lynette Woodard Youth Sports & Education Foundation.
The game featured former Houston Comets players Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and Fran Harris, Kym Hampton (New York Liberty), Chamique Holdsclaw (Washington Mystics), and Teresa Weatherspoon (New York Liberty).
Others were Nykesha Sales (Connecticut Sun), Rushia Brown (Cleveland Rockers), Ruthie Bolton (Sacramento Monarchs), Andrea Stinson (Charlotte Sting), Val Still, Brandy Reid, and Umeka Webb (Phoenix Mercury).
The Houston Jaguars, coached by Louis Ray, is a team of former collegiate athletes with dreams of playing professionally in the WNBA or overseas.
The Legends, who led at halftime, saw their lead slip out of their hands as former University of Houston guard Chandi Jones took control. Bolton would made key shots in the final moments and helped the Legends close the gap to send the game into overtime.
However, Jones was too much for the WNBA pioneers to handle. She led four Jaguars players in double figures with 28 points. Crystal Frazier, Chelsea Greer, and Nonmee Smith scored 14, 13, and 10 points respectively.
“This is a great victory for our program,” coach Ray stated. “To beat the Legends is special because it shows that our ladies have what it takes to play in the big leagues.”
Several of the legends in attendance were pioneers. They were the building blocks of the WNBA. And it was great to see all of them on the court again especially since a lot of them haven’t been seen since their playing days.
Sales, Brown, and Bolton led the Legends with 10 points each.
A Meet & Greet Mixer was held at Scott Gertner’s Sky Bar and a VIP Dinner was held after the game in conjunction with the Lynette Woodard Legend All-Star Charity Weekend Classic.
WOODARD HOSTS BASKETBALL CLINIC
Lynette Woodard would host a basketball clinic earlier in the day for boys and girls ages 5-18. In a joint effort, Jaguars players and Legends players including Webb, Hampton, and Still helped to teach the next generation of future stars a thing or two about the basic fundamentals of the game.
“I think that it’s great what Louis and Lynette are doing,” Lamar High School head coach Barbara Meadoughs stated. “Our kids need to know the history of the game and what better way then to come out and see it for themselves.”
Former Tulane point guard Monica Duff tooked the kids through stretching exercises. Other legends in attendance included: Cooper-Dyke, Harris, and Weatherspoon.
Proceeds from the Charity Weekend Classic are slated to go to the Lynette Woodard Power Forward Scholarship and the Lynette Woodard Youth Sports and Education Foundation.