(from Texas Tech)

Lady Raider Great inducted into second national hall of fame in two years

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Lady Raider Great Sheryl Swoopes was officially inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday night in a ceremony at the Tennessee Theatre.

Swoopes was a two-year letterwinner for the Lady Raiders (1991-93) and led the program to its first NCAA Championship in 1993. She was a two-time All-American during her career. Following her outstanding senior season, Swoopes was named the WBCA Wade Trophy winner and the Naismith Player of the Year.

Swoopes still holds the school records in many categories including career points per game (24.9), career free throw percentage (.844), single season points scored (955), single season points per game (28.1), single season field goals made (356), single season free throws made (211) and most points scored in a game (53, vs. Texas, 3-13-93).

Swoopes is one of three Lady Raiders to have their jerseys retired.

After her illustrious career at Tech, Swoopes helped the U.S. Olympic Team to gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Swoopes was signed by the Houston Comets for the WNBA’s inaugural season in 1997. Six weeks after giving birth to her son, Jordan, Swoopes led the Comets to the first of four WNBA Championships.

Swoopes was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2016.

Swoopes was joined in the 2017 class by Sally Bell (official), Christine Grant (contributor), Rick Insell (coach), Louise O’Neal (veteran) and Kara Wolters (player). The 1975, 1976, 1977 Delta State women’s basketball teams was also recognized for their contributions to the game as “Trailblazers of the Game”.


The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame opened in June 1999 in Knoxville, Tenn. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women’s basketball. With the 2017 Induction, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will celebrate its 19th Anniversary and add six new members to their prestigious Hall, honoring 157 inductees.