Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announces 10 finalists for the Class of 2018

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (WBHOF) announced the 10 finalists under consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame. The Class of 2018 will be announced on ESPN2 on February 12 during the Louisville at Connecticut game (7 p.m. ET). The class will be inducted formally on June 9, 2018 in Knoxville, TN.

The finalists are:

  • Yelena Baranova (international player)
  • Ceal Barry (coach)
  • Rose Marie Battaglia (veteran, contributor)
  • Christine Dailey (contributor – assistant coach)
  • Mickie DeMoss (contributor – assistant coach)
  • Chamique Holdsclaw (player)
  • Vickie Orr (player)
  • Katie Smith (player)
  • Valerie Still (player)
  • Tina Thompson (player)

The WBHOF Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining the individuals to be inducted each year. Voting is based on minimum candidate requirements, which include record of performance, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women’s basketball.

Capsule bios of the candidates provided by the WBHOF

ELENA BARANOVA (International Player – Russia)

  • 1992 Olympic Games gold medalist.
  • 1998 European Player of the Year.
  • 2001 WNBA All-Star.


  • All-time coaching record of 510-284 in 26 seasons with 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including six Sweet 16, and three Elite Eight appearances.
  • Big Eight Coach of the Year four times (1989, 1993, 1994, 1995).
  • 1994 U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year.

ROSE MARIE BATTAGLIA (Veteran – Contributor)

  • NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee with four NJCAA Final Four in 38 years of coaching and an overall record of 702-240-2.
  • Led Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, New Jersey) to two consecutive state championships.
  • 1998 WBCA Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

CHRISTINE DAILEY (Contributor – Assistant Coach)

  • As Connecticut’s top assistant coach for the last 32 years, the Huskies have posted a 991-135 overall record en route to 11 NCAA National Championships.
  • Helped develop 19 Huskies into First Team All-Americans and eight National Players of the Year.
  • Inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

MICKIE DEMOSS (Contributor – Assistant Coach)

  • Her overall record as an assistant coach is 829-200.
  • As an assistant, she helped guide Tennessee to six NCAA National Championships and 12 NCAA Women’s Final Four appearances.
  • Two-year stint as an assistant for the Indiana Fever including their 2012 WNBA Championship season.


  • All-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee, leading the Lady Vols to three NCAA National Championships (1996, 1997, 1998) and was recognized as a four-time Kodak/WBCA All-American and two-time WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year.
  • Helped guide USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
  • 1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a six-time WNBA All-Star.


  • Three-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1987, 1988, 1989).
  • Ranks third all-time at Auburn University in scoring with 2,035 career points, leading Auburn to two NCAA Women’s Final Fours (1988 & 1989).
  • 1988 SEC Player of the Year.


  • Three-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008).
  • Led Detroit Shock to two WNBA Championships in 2006 and 2008, and was named the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP.
  • Two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1993 & 1996) and Big Ten Player of the Year (1996) while at Ohio State.


  • Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, guiding them to the 1982 SEC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
  • 1982 & 1983 Kodak/WBCA All-American.
  • First female to have her jersey retired at Kentucky, in any sport, and inducted in the charter class of the University of Kentucky’s Hall of Fame.


  • Two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2004, 2008).
  • Number 1 pick in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft, guiding the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA Championships (1997-2000).
  • Named one of the WNBA Top 15 Players of all time in 2011.
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