, Denise Long
, was selected
在里面 1969 draft by the San Francisco Warriors but the pick was vacated by the league
, making Harris the only woman
, 至今, 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 in
“The Queen of Basketball
,” a short film about her life and career
. “So I decided not to go
. 是啊, I said no to the NBA.
“The NBA, I don’t regret not going. Not even a little bit,” 她说.
The native of Minter City
, 密西西比州, 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
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.”