Women's Hoops Blog

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Friday, June 12, 2009

On June 10th HOOPS4THESOUL took note of Lucy Harris:
Thirty two years ago today, Harris was the first woman ever selected in the NBA Draft.

After a dominating basketball career at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, Harris was a seventh-round selection of the New Orleans Jazz in the 1977 NBA Draft.
A couple of links re-offered:

Lusia Harris - Profile

Sports Illustrated, 1975: The Women
At 6'3" and 185 pounds, Lusia (Lucy) Harris is a towering talent who last year led Mississippi's Delta State University to the only unbeaten record (28-0) in women's—or men's—college basketball and the championship of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. And while the 19-year-old sophomore center was scoring 25.3 points per game, making 65.5% of her shots and pulling in 400 rebounds, she also was Exhibit A in a trend that is sweeping the women's game.
Lusia Harris-Stewart and Lebron James.
In a special pre-game ceremony prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers game versus the New Orleans Hornets, NBA All-Star and Cavalier LeBron James and his mother Gloria will honor women’s basketball legend Lusia Harris-Stewart. As part of Black History Month, The James Family Foundation is recognizing Ms. Harris-Stewart as the first African-American female inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.