McCants, UNC posts push aside Sun Devils
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- When she has the time and inspiration, North Carolina's Rashanda McCants composes poetry. She also writes notes to herself while ideas are fresh in her mind, things she wants to work on.
Former Lady Vol
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Jill Rankin Schneider couldn't be happier with how her life has turned out. She coaches girls' basketball at Monterey High in Lubbock, Texas, and teaches precalculus.One of her daughters, Haley, is a 6-foot-5 sophomore who will play for her this season. On the way to mom's team is Kellyn, an eighth-grader who already stands 6-3. "I coached for five years at the University of Texas with Jody Conradt, and after I got married, I wanted to go into high school coaching and have a family," Rankin Schneider said. "Next year, I'll have Haley and Kellyn playing for me, and I think it's really what I've looked forward to in all these years of high school coaching. I love coaching, and now I have the opportunity for it to be a family thing." Rankin Schneider is one of six women who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., in June 2008. The class had been announced earlier this summer at the WNBA All-Star Game but was honored Sunday during the State Farm Tipoff Classic doubleheader at North Carolina's Smith Center. The other inductees are former Penn State and WNBA guard Suzie McConnell Serio, Virginia coach Debbie Ryan, Central Arizona College coach Lin Laursen, former Australian national team and WNBA guard Michele Timms, and longtime official Patty Broderick. Rankin Schneider is yet another ex-Tennessee player who will be enshrined in Knoxville. She started her career at Wayland Baptist in Texas and finished it at Tennessee in 1980. That year, she was co-captain of the U.S. Olympic team that did not get to compete in the Moscow Games because of the American-led boycott. It's the one thing from a successful playing and coaching career that still remains a sore spot for her. "I don't know that I'm over that disappointment still," she said. "It's just something that will always stay with all of us. Just because it was the opportunity of a lifetime. But I guess it's dimmed a little, in terms of now I can just be proud that I was selected to that team." Plus, the induction to the Hall of Fame will be a final salve to that scar of missing a chance to earn an Olympic medal. "It's hard to describe how it feels to be included in that group of people," Rankin Schneider said. "It's almost surreal. I played with Hall of Famers and for Hall of Famers, and you've got to believe we all helped each other get there."
-- ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel
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