PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 16, 2012) – Former Rutgers legend Sue Wicks will be inducted into the Class of 2013, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday. The six-member class includes Gary Blair, Jim Foster, Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Jen Rizzotti and Annette Smith-Knight, and is the 15th group to join the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
One of the most decorated players in Rutgers history and women’s college basketball, Wicks was a three-time Kodak All-American and 1988 Naismith and U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Year. Wicks still owns the RU career records for points (2,655), rebounds (1,357), scoring average (21.2 ppg.), rebounding average (10.9 rpg.), field goals made (1,091) and attempted (2,099), free throws made (473) and attempted (641), and blocked shots (293). Her scoring and rebounding totals are records in both the men’s and women’s history books. Wicks is a member of the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and one of only two Scarlet Knights on the women’s side to have her jersey retired.
As a senior, Wicks, a native of Center Moriches, N.Y., established single-season records for points (793), field goals made (319), free throws made (155) and scoring average (25.6 ppg.), while as a junior she set the rebounding (404) and blocked shots (97) standards. A three-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year (1986-88), she led Rutgers to a 105-21 (.833) record, two Atlantic 10 Tournament titles (1986-87) and three NCAA Tournament bids (1986-88), including two Elite Eight finishes (1986-87). For her postseason exploits, Wicks was named the MVP of the 1986 and 1988 Atlantic 10 Tournaments, the co-MVP in 1987, and a member of the 1986 and 1987 NCAA All-East Regional Teams.
A gold medalist at the 1987 Pan-American Games, Wicks spent more than 15 years playing professionally overseas. When the WNBA was formed in 1997, she was the first-round selection of her hometown New York Liberty, where she played for six seasons before announcing her retirement in April of 2003. The Liberty won four Eastern Conference titles as Wicks averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The Liberty’s all-time leader in blocked shots (155) and rebounds (788), Wicks was named a 2000 WNBA All-Star and was presented the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the 2000 season.
Last year, Wicks was one of four inductees into the New York Liberty “Ring of Honor” on July 28, 2011. The "Ring of Honor" represents retired players who have made the most significant contributions to the Liberty's tradition of excellence and to the growth of the WNBA. A six-year Liberty veteran, Wicks holds six franchise records and eleven playoff franchise records while leading the team in blocks for three seasons.
The Class of 2013 will be formally introduced at the 2012 State Farm Tip-Off Classic between Baylor and Kentucky on Nov. 13 in Waco, Texas, and inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 8, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information on the State Farm Tip-Off Classic or the WBHOF Induction Ceremony please visit www.wbhof.com.
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 and which groups will be honored as “Trailblazers of the Game”. Voting is based on various factors, which 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
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