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Thompson Inducted into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Tina Thompson (far right) was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tina Thompson (far right) was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

June 10, 2018

Knoxville, Tenn. - Virginia head women’s basketball coach Tina Thompson was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony held Saturday (June 9) in Knoxville, Tenn.

The 2018 Induction is the 20th anniversary of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2018 was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame by receiving their coveted Eastman Trophy and Baron Championship Induction Ring on June 9, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee. With the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall of Fame has honored 164 inductees.

Thompson is a two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2004, 2008). She was the number one pick in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft, guiding the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA Championships (1997-2000). The nine-time WNBA All-Star was named one of the WNBA Top 15 Players of all time in 2011.

Thompson was honored along with Ceal Barry (coach), Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia (veteran, contributor), Chris Dailey (contributor - assistant coach), Mickie DeMoss (contributor - assistant coach), Chamique Holdsclaw (player) and Katie Smith (player).

Thompson will also be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, September 7, in Springfield, Mass.

 

 

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