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 Andrea Stinson
Q: Can you tell me a little about yourself?
A: I am currently a high school basketball coach at Central Cabarrus in Harrisburg and a campus security guard at Harding University High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Q: What was the most memorable game for you while playing college basketball?
A: My most memorable game was scoring 50 points against Providence!
Q: What current player reminds you most of how you played the game?
A: Tia Bell reminds me of myself because she has the heart and love for the game and she does what her team needs her to do. Her intensity on the floor reminds me of how much I enjoyed myself at NC State.
Q: What has changed the most in ACC Women's Basketball since your playing days?
A: We had maybe three or four girls that were very good all-around players, but today they have more girls who have worked on their games and their level of play has gotten better as the years go on.
Q: How well does the ACC prepare student-athletes for life after college?
A: The ACC well prepared every student-athlete and still does in a way that the students are able to go out into the working world right after college if they are not playing professionally.
Q: Does a specific game or team stand out as a special rivalry for you?
A: No, nothing stands out except for the NC State and North Carolina rivalry. They will always and forever continue to fight for respect.
Q: What do you miss most about playing college ball?
A: The thing I miss most is the atmosphere of playing in front of the student body. It was such a lively bunch of students that followed us to the end no matter what.
Q: What does being an ACC Women's Basketball legend mean to you?
A: Becoming an ACC Legend is a major honor to me. I am so excited about being a part of the ceremony. I enjoyed every minute of my college career at NC State and would not trade it for the world. I played for a woman (Late Kay Yow), who changed the face of women's basketball and taught me how to respect the game to the fullest. I realized that my life was about to change when I went to State and coach Yow welcomed me with open arms. My love, respect and dedication to the game was enhanced in every way by Coach Yow and her staff. The reason for me being honored is because Coach Yow took the time to teach me and I owe it all to her and her dedication to the game. – “Love you and miss you Coach Yow! GO WOLFPACK!”
More about Andrea Stinson…
Andrea Stinson (1989-91) - Despite only playing three seasons at NC State, Stinson ranks third on the school's scoring chart with 2,136 points. The Cornelius, N.C., native tops the school in career scoring average at 22.7 points per game and is currently one of only four Wolfpack players to have reached the 2,000-career point mark. Stinson is considered one of the most physically-gifted players to ever compete in the ACC. She ranks 15th in career rebounds per game (5.8), third in field goals made (917), third in field goals attempted (1,696), sixth in assists (402), 10th in blocks (84) and third in steals (286).
A dazzling, all-around player who has been described by some as the female-version of Michael Jordan, Stinson was unanimously selected as the ACC Player of the Year in 1990. Stinson was named to the All-ACC team three times and was a consensus All-America selection in 1990 and 1991. She left Raleigh holding seven Wolfpack records, including most points in a game, with 50 against Providence during the 1989-90 season, a mark that also broke the ACC single-game record. Stinson earned Sports Illustrated Player of the Week honors for that performance. Stinson was selected to the ACC All-Tournament team of all of the regular-season tournaments in which the Wolfpack participated during her career.
Stinson played nine seasons in the WNBA and became the first Charlotte Sting player to have her jersey retired.