The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2018 and three of the seven have SEC ties. The members of the Class of 2018 are: Ceal Barry (coach), Rose Marie Battaglia (veteran, contributor), Chris Dailey (contributor - assistant coach), Mickie DeMoss (contributor - assistant coach), Chamique Holdsclaw (player), Katie Smith (player), and Tina Thompson (player).
Ceal Barry was a four-year letterwinner at Kentucky under Sue Feamster and Debbie Yow from 1974-77. Barry, who attended Assumption High School in Louisville, Kentucky, was a guard with the Wildcats and part of the first class of female student-athletes to receive scholarship aid for athletics. After graduation, she spent four seasons as head coach at Cincinnati and 22 seasons at the helm of the Colorado women's basketball program before retiring in 2005. She now serves as a Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women's Administrator at CU. A few of her many accolades are: 1994 National Coach of the Year; 1995 Carol Eckman Award; 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist; two-time District V Coach of the Year; four-time Big Eight Coach of the Year; 510 Career Wins at UC and CU; 12 NCAA Tournaments.
The All-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee, Chamique Holdsclaw led 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. She helped guide USA Basketball to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and was named 1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a six-time WNBA All-Star.
Michie DeMoss, in her second season on the LSU staff, has an impressive resume that includes 20 seasons as an assistant and associate head coach under Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, four seasons as the head coach at the University of Kentucky and a two-year stint as an assistant with the WNBA's Indiana Fever. Prior to joining the LSU staff, DeMoss served as the associate head coach at her alma mater Louisiana Tech University.
The 2018 Induction will mark the 20th anniversary of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2018 will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame receiving their coveted Eastman Trophy and Baron Championship Induction Ring on June 9, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee. With the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall of Fame has honored 164 inductees.
In addition to inducting the Class of 2018, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will recognize the Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) for their contributions to the game with a display at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame entitled "Trailblazers of the Game". The WBL will join eight other teams and organizations that have been recognized as "Trailblazers of the Game." The WBL was the first professional women's basketball league in the United States, playing three seasons from 1978 to 1981.