GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference Wednesday announced its ninth annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends. The Legends will be honored at the 2013 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 7-10 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Legends will be honored at the annual ACC Women's Basketball Legends' Brunch on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m., and then will be introduced to the Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 9. The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors both players and coaches from each of the ACC's 12 schools who have contributed to the league's rich tradition.
Tickets to the Legends Brunch are priced at $35 each and can be obtained by calling 1-336-369-4671. Quantities are limited.
Included in this year's class are 12 former-student-athletes, who represent three decades of ACC Women's Basketball. Below is a complete list of this year's Legends, and the accolades from their playing careers.
Jessie Hicks Maryland 1989-93 Center Richmond, Va. (Richmond, Va.)
Robin Harmony Miami 1980-84 Guard/Forward Hershey, Pa. (Miami, Fla.)
Kathy Crawford North Carolina 1979-83 Forward Youngsville, N.C. (Austell, Ga.)
Summer Erb NC State 1996-2000 Center Lakewood, Ohio (Longmont, Colo.)
Daphne Hawkins Virginia 1984-88 Guard Washington, D.C. (Washington, D.C.)
Michelle Hollister-Houseright Virginia Tech 1994-96, 97-99 Forward/Center Yardley, Pa. (Gate City, Va.)
Jennifer Mitchell Hoover Wake Forest 1987-91 Forward/Center Roanoke, Va. (High Point, N.C.)
Boston College - Amy LaCombe, Guard, Fayetteville, N.Y. (1986-1990) One of the best scorers in Boston College history, Amy LaCombe lettered four times for the Eagles in the 1986-1990 seasons. The two-time team captain finished her career with 1,147 points, which currently ranks as the 14th-best mark in school history and stood as the second-best at her graduation. As a freshman in the 1986-87 season, the native of Fayetteville, N.Y., shot 52 percent from the floor while playing in all 22 games. LaCombe increased her scoring in her second season from 3.7 points to 12.2 per game while maintaining her accuracy with a 51 percent shooting percentage. The team's leading scorer as a junior with 13.5 points per game, she connected on 31-of-80 3-point field goals and was named to the Big East All-Conference Second Team. In her final year of competition, LaCombe was named to the Big East All-Conference Third Team and led the Eagles in steals with 48. She ranks in the top 20 in the Boston College record books in assists (245, 16th), field goals made (488, 13th), field goals attempted (1,014, 9th), 3-point field goals made (50, 15th) and steals (125, 13th). An accounting major, LaCombe received her M.S. and C.A.S. from Syracuse and an M.B.A. and PhD from Boston College. She currently is a senior lecturer at the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
CLEMSON - Peggy Caple, Center, Laurinburg, N.C. (1981-1985) One of only two players in Clemson history to have over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career, Caple was a dominant presence inside the key, where she led the Lady Tigers in blocked shots in all four seasons and set the Clemson single-season record for blocks with 84 in 1982-1983. The native of Laurinburg, N.C., currently holds the Clemson career marks for most blocked shots (298) and blocked shots per game (2.50). Caple is ranked sixth in the ACC record books in total blocks and fifth in blocks per game, and holds spots for total rebounds (1,087, 13th) and rebounds per game (9.1, 19th). On Jan. 5, 1983, she became the first ACC player to record a triple-double when she accomplished the feat against Kansas State, tallying 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocks. The 10 blocks against the Wildcats is one of only three double-digit blocking performances in league history. A four-year starter, Caple sits in ninth in the program's record book with 160 steals. An education major at Clemson, Caple works with the Charlotte Police Department as a Domestic Violence Liaison and Officer. She lives in the Charlotte area and is married to Tajuana Caple.
DUKE - Kira Orr, Point Guard, Poolesville, Md. (1993-1997) A three-time ACC All-Tournament honoree, Orr finished her career with 445 assists and 204 steals and as one of the top guards in Duke history. As a freshman in 1993-94, the Poolesville, Md., native played in every game and averaged 17.3 minutes played. The team's leader in assists and steals as a sophomore, Orr scored 24 points and hit two buzzer-beaters at the end of regulation and overtime to beat Virginia in the 1995 ACC Tournament. Her junior season saw her play 34.9 minutes per game, ranked third in Duke history, and increase her scoring to 13.2 points per game while setting a Duke single-season record with 131 steals. In her final year at Duke, Orr was named as the MVP of the Duke Women's Basketball Classic and tied for the league lead with an .833 free throw percentage. She finished her career ranked in the top 15 in Duke history in 3-pointers (133, 7th), assists (445, 6th), and steals (204, 10th). Orr was drafted by the Seattle Reign in the fourth round of the ABL draft, becoming the first Blue Devil to be drafted professionally. A sociology major at Duke, Orr currently resides in Washington, D.C., where she works for Bullis Middle School, as the Assistant Principal.
FLORIDA STATE - April Traylor-Percy, Guard, Martinsville, Ind. (1998-2002) A four-year starter at guard for Florida State from 1998-2002, April Traylor earned All-ACC honors her junior and senior seasons and ranks sixth in career scoring in Seminole history with 1,503 points. In addition to scoring, Traylor ranks in the Top 10 in the FSU annuals in assists (fourth, 387), steals (fourth, 217) and three-point field goals (seventh, 115). The Martinsville, Ind., native paced the Seminoles in scoring (15.2 ppg), assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.4 spg) during the 2000-01 season, leading FSU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years. She scored 30 points to lead FSU past Tulane, 72-70, in the first round of the 2001"Big Dance." Traylor captured All-ACC third team accolades her junior season before nabbing All-ACC honorable mention honors her senior year. Traylor also was named to the ACC All-Freshman team and finished her career with an impressive 13.4 points per game average. Traylor-Percy graduated from Florida State with a degree in Sports/Business Administration in 2002. Traylor-Percy is married to Terry Percy. The couple has three children and is expecting their fourth child in April.
GEORGIA TECH - Danielle Donehew, Guard, Canton, Ga. (1996-2000) A standout for the Yellow Jackets from 1996-2000, Donehew has continued her career in sport administration after the conclusion of her playing career. A two-time Academic All-ACC honoree, the native of Canton, Ga., was on the Georgia Tech Dean's List 10 times in her career. She also earned recognition with the ACC's postgraduate scholarship, the ACC's "Top Six for Service" Award in 2000, as the Georgia Tech representative for the NCAA Woman of the Year in 2000, and as Ms. Georgia Tech in 1999. On the court, she finished her career with 241 3-point field goals made, which stands as the ninth-most in conference history. A cum laude graduate from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, Donehew became a graduate assistant at Tennessee under Pat Summitt where she earned her Master of Science in Sport Administration. With the Lady Vols, she served as Director of Basketball Operations until 2007 before being promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Basketball Operations in 2008. After one year as Executive Vice President of the Atlanta Dream, she was named the Associate Commissioner for Women's Basketball with the Big East, where she remains today.
MARYLAND - Jessie Hicks, Center, Richmond, Va. (1989-93) Hicks, a remarkable scorer for the Terrapins, was a four-year letter winner between 1990-93. She was a two-time first team All-ACC selection in 1992 and 1993, along with earning Kodak All-Region honors those same seasons. With Hicks in the lineup, Maryland earned an NCAA Championship berth each season and advanced as far as the Sweet 16 in 1992. The Richmond, Va., native ranks in the top 10 in scoring in Maryland women's basketball history with 1,601 points and averaged 14.3 points per game. She still stands among the top-five in blocks with 137 and is third all-time in field goal percentage (.588). Hicks is also among the top players in Terp history in rebounds (703, T-11th), rebounding average (6.3, 14th) and field goals made (649, fourth). Following her playing career at Maryland, Hicks went on to play six seasons in the WNBA after being picked 12th overall in the Inaugural WNBA Draft. She earned her degree in criminal justice in 1993 and went on to earn a master's of education in guidance and counseling. Hicks currently serves as an elementary school counselor and is a high school girls basketball coach. Hicks has two children, Jamon Emmanual Hicks and Justic Matiyah Hicks.
MIAMI - Robin Harmony, Guard/Forward, Hershey, Pa. (1980-84) One of the greatest players in Hurricane history, Harmony was inducted into the Miami Sports Hall of Fame on April 14, 1997. Her collegiate career still ranks among the program's all-time best, as she is listed among the top 10 in games played, games started, field goals made, field goals attempted, assists, steals and points. The Hershey, Pa., native is the only player in Miami women's basketball history to record 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 400 assists and 300 steals during her career. One of the longer standing records in the history of Miami women's basketball is most assists in a single game, which was established by Harmony during her junior season when she had 14 against cross-town rival Florida International University on December 4, 1982. In her four years as a player, Miami went 76-50, including a 24-15 record her freshman year. The 24 overall wins set a program single season record, which stood until 1989-90 when Miami went 25-6 with Harmony as an assistant coach. In 1984, Harmony received her B.S. in Education and Recreation and then traveled abroad to England as a player/coach for the Avon Cosmetics Basketball Club. Avon would go on to win the league championship with Harmony as the Most Valuable Player. Harmony spent 20 years on the Miami coaching staff, and was named the first ever head coach of St. Thomas University's women's basketball team, where she has since guided the program to four 20-win seasons and three conference titles.
NORTH CAROLINA - Kathy Crawford, Forward, Youngsville, N.C. (1979-83) Kathy Crawford was a National Women's Invitational Tournament All-America selection in 1980. She ranks ninth in UNC history in scoring with 1,806 career points, 10th in scoring average (14.6 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage (54.2). The Youngsville, N.C., native saw her scoring average improve each season, highlighted by a single season average of 18.5 points per game during her senior season in 1982-83. Her 1983 mark of 62.3 percent shooting from the field is still the Carolina single-season school record. Her Tar Heel teams won 79 games from 1979-1983 under head coach Jennifer Alley and her 1982-83 team earned UNC's first NCAA tournament bid. Crawford played 12 seasons of professional basketball in five countries following her career in Chapel Hill. She earned her bachelor's degree from North Carolina in 1983 in Radio/TV Communications. Crawford is currently a fire fighter in Cobb County, Georgia, and serves as the owner and operator of KaiCei DJ and Sound Services. Crawford resides with her life partner in Austell, Ga.
NC STATE - Summer Erb, Center, Lakewood, Ohio (1997-2000) The center on NC State's 1998 NCAA Final Four team, Summer Erb was one of the most dominating post players in the history of ACC women's basketball. Erb was named the 1999 ACC Player of the Year when she averaged a league-leading 21.5 points and 9.9 rebounds a game while shooting just shy of 60-percent from the field. A first team All-ACC selection her final two seasons with the Pack, she earned Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention honors as both a junior and senior at NC State. The Lakewood, Ohio, native finished her career with 1,221 points (22nd in program history) and 611 rebounds in three seasons in Raleigh. She also ranks fifth at NC State with a 56.3 percent career shooting percentage, eighth in free throw percentage (72.9), ninth in scoring average (14.7 ppg), 10th in double-doubles (20) and 10th in rebounds per game (7.4). Erb was dominant in the run to the Final Four in 1998 and was named to the NCAA All-East Regional Team after averaging 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins over Old Dominion in the Sweet 16 and Connecticut in the Elite 8 in Dayton, Ohio. A Naismith Player of the Year and preseason All-American candidate entering her senior season, Erb averaged 15.8 points and 8.4 rebounds in leading the Wolfpack to a program best 14-0 start to the season. Erb was drafted by the Charlotte Sting with the 11th pick in the first round of the WNBA's 2000 draft, and would go on to play three seasons with the Sting that encompassed 78 career games. She would also go on to play five seasons in FIBA Europe in Spain, Turkey and Italy. A sports management major at NC State, Erb now works as a behavior coach at a day treatment facility for elementary school kids and is a high school junior varsity coach.
VIRGINIA - Daphne Hawkins, Guard, Washington, D.C. (1984-88) One of the best scorers in Virginia history, Daphne Hawkins ended her career at Virginia ranked third on the career point list (1,538) after scoring a then-school record 592 points her senior season. Hawkins was named to the 1988 NCAA All-Regional team after scoring 22 points in a victory over Rutgers to help Virginia advance to the Elite Eight. The Washington, D.C., native was a two-time first-team All-ACC honoree in 1986 and 1988 and earned second-team honors as a junior in 1987. She was named the Virginia State Player of the Year as a sophomore. She averaged 13.9 points per game in her four seasons at Virginia, which ranked third at the time of her graduation, and 18.5 points per game her senior season. In her four seasons at Virginia, the team went 100-21, making four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In ACC play, Hawkins and her teammates were 46-10 and won regular season titles in 1986 and 1987, while earning a share of the league regular season crown in 1988. Hawkins resides in Washington, D.C. and is self-employed in the field of personal property management.
VIRGINIA TECH - Michelle Hollister-Houseright, Forward/Center, Yardley, Pa. (1994-96, 97-99) Michelle Hollister-Houseright was an integral member of the Hookies' squad that earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament three times in 1995, 1998 and 1999, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 1999. Hollister-Houseright finished her career at Tech with 1,112 points to rank 15th all-time in the Hookies' record book. She holds the sophomore record for scoring average at 17.3 and the sophomore rebound average record at 9.1. She ranks fourth in both career categories at Virginia Tech. In addition, she ranks 10th all-time in career field goal percentage with 46.7. Hollister-Houseright also holds the mark for the third most points scored in a single game when she knocked down 33 against Fordham. She earned second team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 1996. The Yardley, Pa. native attended Pennsbury High School and Allentown High School where she was a three-time USA Today honorable mention All-American honoree. While playing for Pennsbury her senior year, she helped the team to a 27-7 record and led the team in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and steals. Hollister-Houseright is married and has two daughters, Jordan and Riley. Hollister-Houseright earned her degree in 1999 in Communication, and is currently a senior cardiovascular sales consultant at Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals.
WAKE FOERST - Jennifer Mitchell Hoover, Forward/Center, Roanoke, Va. (1987-91) Hoover, Wake Forest's all-time points (1,728) and rebounds (1,006) leader, stared for the Demon Deacons from 1987-91. She is the only Demon Deacon to surpass 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. The Roanoke, Va., native was Wake Forest's first ever All-ACC First Team honoree when she was recognized in 1991, and she also earned All-ACC Second Team honors back-to-back seasons in 1989 and 1990. Hoover was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and a member of the South team that won the bronze medal at the 1989 Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City, Okla. She also led the Deacs to their only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988, in which Wake Forest advanced to the second round after Mitchell hit the game-winning shot against Villanova. Hoover was inducted to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. She returned to her alma mater after one season as the head coach at High Point, where she guided the Panthers to a 20-13 record and just the school's second appearance in the WNIT in 2012. The 20 wins were tied for the most in a single season since High Point moved to Division I in 1999. Hoover was named the 2012 Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year. Hoover earned a degree in communication in 1991, while her assistant coaching career began in 1994 and includes stints at Cal, Virginia and Memphis. Hoover and her husband John have one daughter, Maggie, and reside in High Point, N.C.
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