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Feb. 5, 2010
The Atlantic Coast Conference celebrates its sixth annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends during the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, March 4-7, at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. The honorees will be recognized during the ACC Legends Luncheon, as well as on the court at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 6.
The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors past players from each of the ACC's 12 schools who have contributed to the league's rich tradition. Included in the class are 12 former student-athletes that represent four decades of ACC Women's Basketball competitors.
TheACC.com will feature three members of the 2010 ACC Legends Class each week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) during the final four weeks of the regular season.
Q&A with Tere Williams
Q: What was the most memorable game for you while playing at Virginia Tech?
A: Wow... Big Question... A couple of games stand out for me... Beating Duke my sophomore year (1999, Duke went on to win the NCAA championship). We also lost in the Sweet 16 to the University of Tennessee. Another memorable game for me was playing in the Greensboro Coliseum in front of thousands of screaming basketball fans. In the second half of the game against St. Joseph's, I really let go of my inhibition and led the team for a comeback to win the game. I think I had 27 points scored in the second half, or something like that!
Q: What current player reminds you most of how you played the game?
A: Utahya Drye. Physically, she is the most like me. She has a quick effective game down low, really soft touch around the basket, and just physically she is the most like me. She has been able to score even though she is smaller, plus she likes to shop (like me).
Q: How well do you think the ACC prepares student-athletes for life after their playing days?
A: Listen, the ACC is one of the most notorious conferences thanks to outstanding basketball, football, and baseball programs. Going out into the workforce being able to say `I competed in the ACC against teams who won the national championship' means a lot! It shows you are competitive, are not afraid of a challenge, and most importantly, that you are competent enough to handle the skill level. Just that knowledge alone helps to separate you professionally for a career, even overseas.
Q: What do you miss most about playing basketball at Virginia Tech?
A: My teammates, by far! I miss the love/hate relationship I had with seeing them every day... winning with them and losing with them. They don't know it now because I stay in one place too long, and I'm horrible with keeping in touch, but they are always in my heart and definitely in my prayers! I miss passing them the ball and complaining about workouts. I miss spotting them in the weight room and sleeping in the airport. I miss talking to them about classes, and heinous teachers and boyfriend problems. I also miss making them laugh, singing for them, having them over for barbecues and dinners.
Q: What does being named an ACC Women's Basketball Legend mean to you?
A: I've spent time on the North Carolina campus, the Florida State campus, the Georgia Tech Campus, and Wake Forest, either for a summer camp or competitively with the ADIDAS exhibition team. And to be honored in this fashion in a conference that I, for lack of a better team, grew up in, it's like a coming home for me athletically.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: Well, after playing basketball professionally overseas for several years I took a leave of absence to pursue a career in music and entertainment. Until recently, I was a visitor in Canada (living there and learning about the business of music and the art of entertainment). I learned from my Uncle Warren `Slim" Williams. He had an album released two years ago called The Pulse of the Planet. I'm enriching my musical education by attending classes at Berklee School of Music in Boston and hope to be enrolled as a full-time student this fall.
More about Tere Williams...
Tere Williams (Virginia Tech, 1997-2001): A member of the Virginia Tech 1,000-point club, Tere Williams finished her career with 1,750 points, ranking second on the school's all-time scoring list.
Williams earned 1999 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American recognition and was a 1998 Women's Basketball News Service Freshman All-American. The 1998 Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Rookie of the Year, Williams was twice named to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference first team (1999, 2000) and to the second team (1998) on one occasion.
Williams, who was part of the Hokies' 350th program win, an 81-39 victory over Rhode Island on Jan. 6, 2000, collected All-Big East second team honors in 2001. She is Tech's career leader in field goals made (694), field goal percentage (.550) and rebounds (853), and led her Hokies' squad in both scoring and rebounding all four years.
Williams was the first Virginia Tech player to be drafted by the WNBA as she was selected in the third round of the 2001 Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. She played professionally in Austria, Ecuador, Israel, Russia and Spain.
Williams is currently employed as a sales representative for MSR, a company manufacturing mobile hydraulic stages for events, while pursuing a career as a professional singer.