UNCASVILLE, Conn. (July 27, 2013) – Rutgers Director of Women’s Basketball Operations Michelle Edwards will be among the 2014 inductees to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. it was announced at halftime of Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game.
A native of Boston, Mass., Edwards played for Hall of Fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer at the University of Iowa from 1984-88. Following a freshman season in which she helped lead the Hawkeyes to a 20-8 record, Edwards piloted UI to back-to-back NCAA Tournament regional final appearances (1987, 1988) and a No. 1 national ranking.
As a senior, Edwards – nicknamed ‘Ice’ for her ability to hit the clutch shot - was selected the Big Ten Player of the Year, a Kodak, Naismith and USBWA All-American and the Champion National Player of the Year.
A 2000 Iowa Hall of Fame inductee, she is the only female Hawkeye to have her jersey retired. She posted career totals that still rank in the top-three more than twenty years later, having scored 1,821 points (third all-time), 431 assists (second) and 235 steals (third). Edwards was selected as one of Iowa’s “Top 50 Athletes of the Century” as well as the Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Decade in 1989.
Edwards, who won a bronze medal at the 1991 Pan-American Games under Stringer’s tutelage, played professionally in Italy from 1988-97. She earned three Italian League All-Star Game MVP awards during her stay. Edwards returned to the States when the WNBA was formed and was the second allocation from the original group of 16 “franchise” players.
Edwards played a total of five seasons (1997-2001) for the Cleveland Rockers and Seattle Storm, averaging 7.6 points and 2.8 assists per game.
Edwards was the Fox Sports Net color analyst for Cleveland games during the 2003 season and served as the color analyst for the Rutgers Radio?Network during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 women’s basketball seasons. She begins her 10th season on the Rutgers women’s basketball staff.
Edwards is a part of the six-member 2014 class that also includes Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn, former WNBA star Yolanda Griffith, former collegiate All-American Jasmina Perazic, former TV analyst Mimi Griffin and former coach/athletic director Charlotte West.
“For starters this entire journey has been surreal,” said Edwards on learning of upcoming induction. “To be able to do what you love for so many years at the highest level is such a blessing. Of course none of this would have been possible without my mom Mildred Edwards, Freddie Edwards, my brother Rodney Edwards, my sister Lisa Johnson, my aunt Ruth Hines, cousin Itora Eaton, Rob Walker, George Edmonds, Mark Oliver, and the rest of my family, Ms. Alfreda Harris, C. Vivian Stringer, Marianna Freeman, my incredible teammates, coaches and friends along the way.”
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