Still, Sanderford among finalists for 2019 Hall of Fame
The all-time leading scorer in University of Kentucky basketball history and a head coach who guided Western Kentucky University to three NCAA Final Fours were among 12 finalists announced Thursday night for induction in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.
Valerie Still and Paul Sanderford were named finalists along with Beth Bass, Debbie Brock, Joan Cronan, Nora Lynn Finch, Lucille Kyvallos, Ticha Penicheiro, Ruth Riley, Carolyn Bush Roddy, Bob Schneider and Amy Tucker.
The class of 2019 will be announced Feb. 4 and inducted June 8.
Still is Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer (2,763 points) and rebounder (1,525) for men and women and was the first female in any sport to have her jersey retired at UK. She led the Wildcats to the 1982 SEC regular season and tournament championships and went on to play several years professionally. She is a member of UK’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The three-time consensus All-American led the Cats to their highest ranking in school history in 1983. She led the program in scoring four straight seasons with a career average of 23.2 points.
Still was also a finalist in 2018, a year in which a former UK coach (Mickie DeMoss) and a former Wildcats player (Ceal Barry) both were inducted as part of a sevenmember class.
Sanderford posted a career record of 453-189 through 25 seasons as a college head coach.
He led Western Kentucky to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including three Final Fours and guided the Hilltoppers to a runnerup finish in 1992. He is a member of WKU’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Valerie Still remains Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder in men’s and women’s basketball.