PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 8, 2013) – The Rutgers Athletic Department will celebrate Sue Wicks’ induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as the Rutgers women’s basketball team takes on the University of Connecticut on February 16, 2013 at the RAC.
The Scarlet Knights will honor Wicks with a pregame ceremony, recognizing her many great accomplishments during her collegiate career (1984-88) at Rutgers leading to her recognition to be among the most distinguished athletes in all of women’s basketball.
Wicks was a three-time Kodak All-American and 1988 Naismith and U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Year as a Scarlet Knight and still owns RU career records for points, rebounds, scoring average, rebounding average, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, and blocked shots. Her scoring and rebounding totals are records in both the men’s and women’s history books. Wicks is also a member of the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni and one of only two Scarlet Knights on the women’s side to have her jersey retired.
As a senior, Wicks established single-season records for points, field goals made, free throws made and scoring average, while as a junior she set the rebounding and blocked shots 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.
Wick’s accomplishments were not limited only to Rutgers. A gold medalist at the 1987 Pan-American Games, she 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 and became the Liberty’s all-time leader in blocked shots and rebounds. Wicks was also named a 2000 WNBA All-Star and was presented the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the 2000 season.
Wicks is among the six-member class going into this year’s Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame that also includes Gary Blair, Jim Foster, Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Jen Rizzotti and Annette Smith-Knight. It is the 15th group to join the Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2013 will be formally inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 8, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn.
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