Lusia Harris, the only woman ever officially drafted by an NBA team, is oorlede

Lusia “Lucy” Harris, a star in women’s collegiate basketball during the 1970s and the first and only woman ever to be officially drafted by an NBA team, is Dinsdag oorlede, according to a statement from her family as well as Delta State University. Sy was 66.

We are deeply saddened to share the news that our angel, matriarch, suster, moeder, ouma, Olympic medalist, The Queen of Basketball, Lusia Harris has passed away unexpectedly today in Mississippi,” lui die verklaring.
Harris led Delta State to three consecutive Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national championships from 1975-1977.
    Lusia Harris playing in a Delta State game against LSU in 1977

    While at Delta State, women’s basketball was introduced to the Olympics in 1976. Harris was selected to the team and had the distinction of being the first woman to score a basket in the competition’s first game. The US won the silver medal that year.
      After her collegiate career, the NBA’s New Orleans Jazz, which began play in 1974 and would later move to Utah, selected her in the seventh round of the 1977 NBA-konsep.
        Nog 'n vrou, Denise Long, was selected in die 1969 draft by the San Francisco Warriors but the pick was vacated by the league, making Harris the only woman, tot op hede, to be officially drafted.
        Yet Harris turned down the offer from the Jazz, intent on starting a family.
          I just thought it was a publicity stunt and I felt like I didn’t think I was good enough,” she said inThe Queen of Basketball,” a short film oor haar lewe en loopbaan. “So I decided not to go. Ja, I said no to the NBA.
          The NBA, I don’t regret not going. Not even a little bit,” sy het gese.
          The native of Minter City, Mississippi, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 and was part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.
          Harris is still Delta State’s career record holder in points (2,891) and rebounds (1,662), the university said.
            The recent months brought Ms. Harris great joy, including the news of the upcoming wedding of her youngest son and the outpouring of recognition received by a recent documentary that brought worldwide attention to her story,” her family said in the statement.
            She will be remembered for her charity, for her achievements both on and off the court, and the light she brought to her community, the State of Mississippi, her country as the first woman ever to score a basket in the Olympics, and to women who play basketball around the world.




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