Former UGA hoops superstar Teresa Edwards will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame tonight in Knoxville. It’s the latest honor for maybe the most honored player in the history of women’s basketball.
Her resume dazzles: the only U.S. player, woman or man, to compete in five Olympics; winner of four Olympic gold medals; the youngest and the oldest player to win a gold medal in women’s basketball; a two-time All-American at UGA, where she helped take the Lady Bulldogs to three SEC championships and two NCAA Final Fours in the 1980s.
After graduating from Georgia, Edwards played in Italy, Japan, Spain, France, Russia and the U.S. She last played for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx in 2004 and enters the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.
Remember what her UGA coach, Andy Landers, said when she was elected: “In my mind, she ought to have her own room at the . . . Hall of Fame.”
The Lady Bulldogs posted a 116-7 record during her four seasons in Athens (1983-86).
A native of Cairo, Ga., and resident of Atlanta, Edwards is pretty accustomed to hall of fame induction ceremonies. Tonight’s will be her sixth.
She previously was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (2009), the Grady County (Ga.) Sports Hall of Fame (2009), the National High School Sports Hall of Fame (2002), the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (2001) and UGA’s all-sports Circle of Honor (1995).
Tonight, she’ll be inducted along with former players Rebecca Lobo and Teresa Weatherspoon; former Maryland coach Chris Weller; Texas high school coach Leta Andrews; and Gloria Ray, president of the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corp.
Edwards will become UGA’s third representative in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, joining Landers and 1987 National Player of the Year Katrina McClain.
Click here for a recent AJC interview with Edwards.