PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 13, 2014) -- Rutgers Director of Women’s Basketball Operations Michelle Edwards will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday. The festivities will air live on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. (EST).
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, 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 Iowa 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 five more than twenty-five years later, having scored 1,821 points (fourth all-time), 431 assists (third all-time) and 235 steals (third all-time). She also ranks second among single season scoring leaders (621). 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 won a bronze medal at the 1991 Pan-American Games under Stringer’s tutelage and also played in the 1985 National Olympic Festival and was a member of the U.S. Select Team in 1986. She also competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988 and 1992.
Following her career at Iowa, Edwards 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.
Playing a total of five seasons (1997-2001) for the Cleveland Rockers and Seattle Storm, Edwards averaged 7.6 points and 2.8 assists per game.
A Fox Sports Net color analyst for Cleveland games during the 2003 season, Edwards also served as the color analyst for the Rutgers Radio Network during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 women’s basketball seasons.
Beginning her 12th season on the Rutgers women’s basketball staff, as the Scarlet Knights join the Big Ten on July 1, Edwards began her career at RU as the Coordinator of Operations in 2003. She has been serving as the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Director of Operations since 2007.
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. The 2014 class marks the 16th anniversary of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and now includes 139 inductees.
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