Finalists for Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced

Annette Crawford
January 12, 2018

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 10 finalists for consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame on ESPN during the Notre Dame at Louisville game (7:00 p.m. ET).

The 2018 Induction will mark the 20th anniversary of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. UConn has appeared in an unprecedented 10 consecutive Final Fours, has posted six flawless seasons to go with the three longest winning streaks in NCAA Division I women' basketball history.

In her first year in Austin, Thompson was responsible for the development of center Imani Boyette, who earned honorable mention All-America honors from both the Associated Press and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey, second from left, was named a finalist for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

March/April 2018: Introduce Class of 2018 and 2018 Trailblazer Award recipient at media events conducted at the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four (Columbus, OH).

Baranova and Battaglia were finalists a year ago.

ROSE MARIE BATTAGLIA - (Veteran - Contributor) NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee with four NJCAA Final Four appearances in 38 years of coaching and an overall record of 702-240-2. They will be enshrined on June 9 at the Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Ceal Berry: She won 510 games in 26 seasons as a collegiate coach. Led Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, New Jersey) to two consecutive state championships. Big Eight Coach of the Year four times (1989, 1993, 1994, 1995).

Dailey has helped develop 14 players who have gone on to play in the Olympic Games while 22 have been named consensus first-team All-Americans.

Auriemma was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Holdsclaw, meanwhile, finished with three national championships at Tennessee, followed by a six-time all star run as a pro.

KATIE SMITH (U.S. Player) - Three-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008). She was the WNBA's No. 1 draft pick by Washington in 1999. A list of 20 finalists will be announced in February with the victor being announced when the regional finals in the NCAA tournament are being played.

Thompson ended her professional career with the Seattle Storm in 2013 as the league's all-time leading scorer with 7,488 points in 496 games played (15.1 ppg).

After 12 seasons in Houston, the Los Angeles native returned to her hometown in 2009 as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks. In 2015-16, Boyette became the first player in program history to reach the combined milestone of 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 200 career blocks.

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