Meyers Dreysdale leads first International Baskeball Federation HOF class

6/22/2007 - WNBA Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mercury general manager Ann Meyers
Drysdale was named to the inaugural class of the International
Basketball Federation Hall of Fame on Friday.

Meyers Drysdale, who took over the WNBA team after last season,
was one of four women and three Americans named to the Hall.
Ceremonies are scheduled for Sept. 12 in Madrid.

The other Americans named to the Hall are North Carolina coach
Dean Smith and former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell.

Meyers Drysdale, a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of
Fame, was a four-time All-American at UCLA and a silver medalist
with the U.S. Olympic team in 1976.

She remains the only woman to ever sign a free-agent contract
with an NBA team, signing with Detroit in 1979, and has been an
analyst for NBC, CBS and ESPN.