Still, San­der­ford among fi­nal­ists for 2019 Hall of Fame

Lexington Herald-Leader - - Sports -

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.

Her­ald-Leader file photo

Va­lerie Still remains Ken­tucky’s all-time lead­ing scorer and re­bounder in men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball.

Paul San­der­ford

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