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July 15, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two former Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes headline the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame’s 13th group of inductees, as announced on July 10 during ESPN’s "WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game" at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. In addition to Virginia’s Val Ackerman, who is being recognized as a sport key contributor, and Maryland’s Vicky Bullett, the six-member Class of 2011 also includes Ruthie Bolton (player), Muffet McGraw (coach), Pearl Moore (player) and Lometa Odom (player).
The announcement marks the fourth time in the Hall of Fame's 12-year history that the upcoming class of inductees has been announced during a WNBA event in July. The Class of 2011 will be formally introduced at the 2010 State Farm Tip-Off Classic. Details for the 2010 SFTOC and the 2011 WBHOF Induction will be announced at a later date.
With the addition of the Class of 2011, the list of individuals who have been recognized as Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductees will increase to 121, while six reign from ACC institutions, where they either played or coached. Those ACC greats included in this prestigious category include: Kay Yow, NC State (2000), Tara Heiss, Maryland (2003), Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina (2004), Debbie Ryan, Virginia (2008), and Chris Weller, Maryland (2010).
The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining which individuals will be inducted each year. Voting is based on various factors, which may include moral character, integrity, sportsmanship, record of performance, ability, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women's basketball.
In order to be considered for selection for induction, an individual must meet the following prerequisites:
Ackerman was the WNBA's first president, guiding the league to a much-heralded launch in 1997 and overseeing the day-to-day operations for its first eight years. A USA Basketball board member since 1989, Ackerman was the driving force behind the Women's Senior National Team that produced a 60-0 record and won the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2005, she became the first woman to serve as President of USA Basketball, which oversees the U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic basketball programs. A four-year starter and two-time All-American at the University of Virginia, Ackerman played professionally in France for one year. Ackerman, who was among the first women's scholarship athletes at UVa, was a three-time captain of the Cavaliers and helped Virginia reach national Top 20 rankings her senior year. In Sept. 2008, Ackerman received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the most prestigious honor presented by the Hall outside of induction, and was recognized as an ACC Women’s Basketball Legend in 2009.
Bullett was a 1989 Kodak All-American for the University of Maryland, where over the course of her career she averaged 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game to become one of the most decorated players in Maryland history. Bullett was a member of three ACC Championship teams en route to being named the 1989 ACC Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP. A two-time Olympian, Bullett was a member of the USA Women's Basketball team that won gold in 1988 and captured bronze in 1992. She played six seasons in the WNBA, scoring 2,018 points. Bullet, who also holds the school record for most points in a season, was named to the ACC Women’s Basketball 50th Anniversary Team in 2003 and was part of the 2007 ACC Women’s Basketball Legends Class.