Class includes two coaches, four Olympians
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's eighth group of inductees includes a pair of coaches and four Olympians. The six members of the Class of 2006 are:
Geno Auriemma: A five-time national championship coach who has compiled a 589-116 record in 21 seasons at Connecticut. His résumé also includes 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, eight Final Four berths, two perfect seasons and an NCAA record for consecutive wins.
Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil: This Texas great made her mark first as the most outstanding player on the Longhorns' 1986 NCAA championship squad. She then went on to earn acclaim as a 1992 Olympian and a 10-year professional veteran.
Paula Goncalves da Silva: A Brazilian legend who represented her homeland on national teams for 22 years, including two Olympics and six World Championships. She capped her career with a gold medal in the 1994 World Championship and a silver medal in the 1996 Olympics.
Janice Lawrence Braxton: A Louisiana Tech standout who guided the Lady Techsters to a pair of national championships and was an Olympic gold medalist in 1984 before embarking on a professional career that included 15 years in Italy and two seasons in the WNBA with the Cleveland Rockers.
Katrina McClain Johnson: A three-time Olympian who starred on 11 U.S. National teams after a stellar collegiate career at Georgia. She was twice tabbed as USA Basketball's Female Athlete of the Year and played professionally for 10 years.
Barbara Stevens: The winningest coach in NCAA Division II women's basketball history has a career mark of 711-193 for 29 seasons overall and a record of 554-102 in 20 seasons at Bentley. She has made 19 NCAA Tournament appearances and earned seven trips to the D-II Fab Four.
"This year's group of inductees certainly includes some of the most recognizable names in our sport," said Jody Conradt, Texas coach, president of the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors and a '99 inductee. "It's an incredible group.
The inductees will be formally enshrined during a ceremony at the historic Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville on Saturday. The ceremony, scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, will cap a weekend of festivities for the inductees, which includes a dinner and storytelling session on Friday, as well as a brunch, autograph session and gala reception on Saturday. The inductees' weekend activities also include a private tour of the Hall of Fame, a visit to title sponsor Eastman's Kingsport facility, and a media session, all set for Friday.
In addition, the inductees will take part in a Habitat for Humanity house build on Saturday. A joint effort of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, NCAA, Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Habitat for Humanity, the house is being built in honor of the late Sue Gunter, the former LSU women's basketball coach and a 2000 inductee. The house, part of the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, will be framed in Knoxville then shipped to the Baton Rouge area for completion.
With the addition of the Class of 2006, the number of inductees in the Hall of Fame now increases to 91.