Honored For Their Greatness

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: June 14, 2009

KNOXVILLE, Tn. — The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame honored its 11th group of inductees this past weekend at the Historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn.

The six members of the Class of 2009 are: Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Azzi, four-time WNBA champion Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Ole Miss standout Jennifer Gillom, former Louisiana Tech head coach Sonja Hogg, former Illinois State head coach Jill Hutchison and legendary African American basketball player Ora Washington.

Jennifer Azzi was an All-American guard at Stanford. In 1990 she was awarded the Wade Trophy and named the Naismith Player of the Year. Azzi was an Olympic gold medalist in 1996.

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke won four WNBA championships with the Houston Comets. She was a two-time Olympian and two-time National Champion at the University of Southern California.

A standout at Ole Miss, Jennifer Gillom earned the 1985 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year award. She was a member of the 1988 Gold Medal Olympic team. Gillom was recently promoted to head coach of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.

Former Louisiana Tech head coach, Sonja Hogg compiled a record of 464-163 in 17 years of collegiate coaching and 3 years of high school coaching. Hogg started the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball program and is credited with giving the team the nickname “Lady Techsters.”

Former Illinois State head coach, Jill Hutchison became the first president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 1982. In 28 seasons at Illinois State, Hutchison guided her teams to 428 wins and three NCAA tournament appearances.

Legendary African American athlete, Ora Washington was a standout center for the Philadelphia Tribunes where she lost only six games in her career, all of which were to men’s teams. Washington was also a star tennis player and went undefeated in 12 years of play in the all-black American Tennis Association.

In addition to the official unveiling of the Class of 2009 exhibits in the Hall of Honor, each member of the Class of 2009 will receive a diamond basketball pin and a commemorative autographed basketball during a special presentation.

NOTE: For more detailed information on the Class of 2009 Inductees is available at www.wbhof.com.