Ann Meyers To Be Inducted Into FIBA Hall of Fame

June 19, 2007

UCLA women's basketball legend Ann Meyers was one of 20 individuals selected by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for its Hall of Fame 2007 class.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced on June 18, its 75th Anniversary, the 20 individuals selected to its Hall of Fame 2007 Class. Among the 20 distinquished inductees were three Americans, Ann Meyers, Bill Russell under the Player category, and under the Coach category University of North Carolina coaching legend Dean Smith.

Meyers, one of three female players selected this year, was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team that captured a silver medal in the first women's Olympic basketball competition. The 5-8 guard accounted for 9.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg and a team leading 5.2 apg. Her 5.2 apg. average still ranks as the third-most by a USA player in the Olympics.

Meyers was also a member of the 1975 and 1979 USA World Championship teams, 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games teams, 1977 World University Games team, and 1979 R.William Jones Cup team. The '79 USA world Championship squad captured gold, the USA's first World Championship gold medal since 1957. The '75 Pan American Games Team brough home gold, while the 1979 squad earned silver; the 1977 World University Games earned a silver medal and the 19981 Jones Cup team collected gold.

The first female to receive a full athletic scholarship from UCLA, Meyers finished her stunning career owning 12 of 13 school records. She led UCLA to the 1978 AIAW national championship and won the 1978 Broderick Cup as the nation's top female collegiate athlete. In 97 games a striking 1,685 points (17.4 ppg), 819 rebounds (8.4 rpg), 544 assists (5.6 apg), 403 steals (4.2 spg) and 101 blocked shots (1.0 bpg). Meyers was the first player, male, or female, named to Kodak's All-America team for four consecutive seasons and became the first woman player drafted by the Women's Basketball League (WBL) and made history by becoming the first woman player to try out with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers.

In 1988, Meyers became the first woman inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, and in 1993, she was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. She was also a charter member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

The list of 20 inductees for the 2007 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame:

Sergei Belov, RUS
Dra�en Danlipagic', SRB
Ivo Daneu, SLO
Oscar Furlong, ARG
Nikos Galis, GRE
Hortência Marcari, BRA
Pierluigi Marzorati, ITA
Ann Meyers, USA
Amaury Pasos, BRA
Emiliano Rodriguez, ESP
Bill Russell, USA
Uljana Semjonova, LAT

Lidia Alexeeva, RUS
Dean Smith, USA
Togo Renan Soares, 'Kanela' (posthumous), BRA
Ranko �eravica, SRB

Mario Hopenhaym, URU
Ervin Kassai, HUN
Allen Rae, CAN

Borislav Stankpvic', SRB

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