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Honoring 12 WBB Hall of Famers – University of Cincinnati Athletics – University of Cincinnati Athletics

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February 07, 2022
CINCINNATI – As we celebrate 50 years of Cincinnati Women’s Basketball, we will recognize and honor those who helped make the program that it is today on February 19 when UC welcomes ECU to Fifth Third Arena. 
With the event 12 days away, let’s recognize the 12 former players that are a part of the James P. Kelly UC Athletics Hall of Fame.
The first women’s basketball inductee, Linda Norwell, was also UC’s first dominant front-line performer from 1973-77. She led the Bearcats in scoring in each of her four seasons, tallying 701 points as a junior that was then a UC record and now sits at the No. 3 spot, and established the school record for scoring average with her 28.0 mark. She gathered a UC season record 460 rebounds for a record average of 18.4 as a junior. She still owns the No. 1 spot in the record book with 1,309 total rebounds and her 1,799 career points is No. 5 all-time. She was inducted into the UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.
Pat Murray-Shibinsky was inducted next in 1989. She was a standout four-sport athlete who played basketball, softball, field hockey, and volleyball from 1949-53. She was also very active on campus, serving in Arete, on the Women’s Senate, the Mortar Board, the Women’s Athletic Association, and the Teacher’s College Tribunal. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UC. After graduation she went on to coach and teach at Mt. St. Joe’s for 42 years and was the chair of the Physical Education Department. 
Barb Jaksa played at UC from 1978-82 and had an impact during that time with excellent court leadership as well as a strong scoring presence. She averaged 15.4 points and 4.3 assists while helping the 1980-81 team compile a best-ever 27-9 record and make the school’s first postseason tournament appearance, reaching the National Women’s Invitational Tournament. She led UC in assists in each of her final two seasons and closed her career in the No. 2 spot on UC’s career scoring list (she currently sits at the No. 11 spot in the record book with 1,465 points) She was also named to the Metro Conference All-Tournament Team in both her junior and senior seasons. Jaksa was inducted into the UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.
Next, Joy Roberts-Bachman was inducted in 1993 after playing at UC from 1979-83. She was team MVP her junior and senior years and was the UC scoring leader as a junior (12.9) and rebounding champ as a senior (7.3). She concluded her career No. 3 on the career scoring list with 1,215 points and now sits in the No. 15 spot in the record book. She was also the No. 3 rebounder at the end of her career with 674 and currently owns the No. 9 spot in the record book.  She was a recipient of the Helen Norman Smith Award as the top female senior student-athlete in 1983.
Cheryl Cook established herself as the program’s greatest player and one of the top performers in the nation from 1981-85. She was the team scoring leader in each of her final three seasons and also led the team in rebounding as a senior (7.9). She was the No. 6 scorer nationally as a junior (27.4) and No. 2 as a senior (27.5), during which she recorded the top two season point totals by a Bearcat. She closed her career No. 7 on the NCAA career scoring list and still owns the title of most career points as a Bearcat with 2,367. She was the metro Conference Player of the Year in each of her final two seasons and earned honorable mention All-American honors (American Women’s Sports Federation) in 1984 and was a second team All-American (American Women’s Sports Federation) in 1985. She played on the U.S. Gold Medal-winning team in the Pan American games in 1983 and was a finalist for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team. Cook was inducted into the UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995 and is the only women’s basketball player to have her number retired.
Keely Feeman was a three-year starter and four-year regular from 1982-86. She was the team’s second-leading scorer her sophomore and junior seasons and led UC in scoring as a senior (18.9 ppg). She led the nation in field goal accuracy as a senior, establishing a UC record of .927. Her senior season she was First-Team All-Metro Conference and a co-captain of the team. She closed he career as the No. 3 career scoring leader with 1,728 points and currently owns the No. 6 spot in the record book. Feeman was inducted into the hall of fame in 1996.
Bev Ventura played for UC from 1975-78. She finished her career with 1,166 points which puts her in the No. 19 spot in the Bearcats record book, and 764 rebounds, which is No. 4 all-time. She was inducted into the UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.
Bev Obringer was a dominant post player from 1985-89. She led the squad in rebounding (9.4) and although she missed all but two games of the 1987 season due to an injury she came back to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding. She averaged 17.4 points and 9.1 rebounds as a senior and currently sits at the No. 7 spot in career points with 1,700. She owns the No. 1 spot in the UC record book with 142 blocked shots. She earned First team All-Metro Conference her junior and senior years and also earning all-tournament honors in both seasons. She earned honorable mention All-American honors in 1986 (American Women’s Sports Federation) and was inducted into the UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
Valerie King played at UC from 2000-04. She was First Team All-Conference USA in 2002 and 2003, Second Team All-Conference USA in 2004, was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team in 2001 and earned the Ed Steitz Award in 2002. She was Conference USA’s Tournament MVP in 2001 and 2002 and made the All-Tournament team in 2003 and 2004. Under coach Laurie Pirtle, the Bearcats posted a combined 87-39 record during King’s tenure and played in two NCAA tournaments. King’s last NCAA tournament game, a 71-57 loss to Arkansas at Fifth Third Arena in 2003, remains the program’s most recent appearance into the Big Dance. She currently owns the No. 2 spot in the UC record book with 2,156 points and still has the top spot in 3-point field goals made (338) and 3-point field goals attemped (847). She was inducted into the UC Athletics Hall of Dame in 2010.
Shortly after King was inducted, Jolinda Lewis-Miller was inducted in 2014. Miller played at UC from 1994-98 and was a four year letter winner. A two-time All-Conference USA selection, Miller was the team’s top scorer during three seasons while also leading the team in assists twice. In addition to being named to the Great MidWest All-Newcomer team in 1995, Miller was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team following her senior campaign. She owns the No. 9 spot on Cincinnati’s all-time scoring list with 1,523 career points, finishing with a career scoring average of 13.6 points, and ranks second all-time in three-pointers (282) made, fifth in three-point field-goal percentage (36.0), seventh in career minutes played (3,589), seventh in assists (327) and ninth in free throws made (293). Miller holds three of the top-seven spots on Cincinnati’s single-season three-pointers list, draining at least 70 in each campaign.
Madinah Slaise was a four-year letter winner at Cincinnati rom 1996-00. She ranks as the program’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,849 points and averaged 21.8 ppg as a senior in 2000. A two-time First-Team All-Conference USA selection in 1999 and 2000, she was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 1997. She earned a spot on the C-USA All-Tournament Team in 1999 and led UC in steals in each of her four seasons.. Slaise still holds the UC single-season record for both free throws made (193) and attempted (242), both set in 1998-99. Slaise also holds the career marks for free throws made (503) and attempted (676) After graduating from UCi with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Madinah Slaise was selected by the Detroit Shock in the second round (No. 28 Overall) of the 2000 WNBA Draft, the first player in UC Women’s Baskeball history to be drafted into the WNBA. She was inducted into the UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
The most recent inductee was Doris Scott. Scott played from 1996-99 and started in 116 career games. She sits at No. 8 on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,695 points. She averaged 14.6 points per game over her four-year career with a high-water mark of 17.6 ppg in 1997-98. Scott was a two-time Second-Team All-Conference USA honoree in 1998 and 1999 and was tabbed for a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman Team in 1996. A force inside, she topped the UC chart in blocked shots in all four years of her career, stuffing 19, 30, 22 and 29 shots from 1995-99, respectively. She ranks No. 8 all-time with 1,695 points, No. 3 all-time in rebounds with 861 and blocked shots with 100, No. 4 all-time in field goals made with 691, and No. 6 all-time in free throws made with 313. She was inducted into the UC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.
Saturday, February 19, the athletics department will host a celebration event tied in with the Bearcats’ women’s basketball game against the ECU Pirates at 2 p.m. Former players, coaches, and staff will join us in Cincinnati to remember and honor the successes of the past and present and look ahead to the future. 
 
For tickets to the game, you can call the ticket office at 1-877-CATS-TIX or visit the website here
 
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