Former Olympian is first Georgia player to make WHOF

Updated: April 27, 2006, 9:47 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. -- Katrina McClain Johnson will become the first former Georgia player to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday night in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2006 includes two coaches and four Olympians:

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, Texas' Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil, Brazilian legend Paula Goncalves Da Silva, Janice Lawrence Braxton of Louisiana Tech, Georgia's Katrina McClain Johnson and Barbara Stevens, the winningest D-II women's coach.

McClain was the 1987 national player of the year and a three-time Olympian. As a starter for every major U.S. national team from 1986 through 1996, she usually played with former Georgia teammate Teresa Edwards.

Edwards, who retired from her professional career last year, is not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame.

McClain helped Georgia compile a 116-and-15 record while finishing as NCAA runner-up in 1985. She played on Georgia's 1984 and 1986 Southeastern Conference championship teams.

McClain was the leading scorer for the 1988 U.S. gold medal Olympic team. She also won gold in Atlanta in 1996, when she was the team's leading reboundander and second-leading scorer.


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