2010 ACC Women's Basketball Legends: Tonya Sampson, UNC
Tonya Sampson (UNC, 1990-94): As a senior, Tonya Sampson earned Kodak, Basketball America and Basketball Times All-America honors, while leading the Tar Heels to the 1994 NCAA National Championship. She paced the team in scoring in each of her four years, averaging a career-best 21 points per game over the 1992-93 season. Sampson graduated as Carolina’s all-time leading scorer with 2,143 points (The ACC
Goins, Sampson, Stinson named ACC women's legends
Tonya Sampson and Andrea Stinson, who stared at UNC and N.C. State during an era of significant growth for women's basketball, and former Duke standout Connie Goins are among the sixth ACC Women's Basketball Legends class announced Friday. The legends will be honored at the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, March 4-7 at the Greensboro Coliseum. (Durham Herald-Sun
Kellie Kennedy follows passion for coaching
For four years, Kellie Kennedy played basketball for the Tar Heels while studying business at UNC. She excelled in the classroom and her play on the court earned her Most Improved Player Honors in 1988. However, as graduation approached, Kennedy was faced with two options: continuing her career in what she loved, basketball, or utilizing the education she received to pursue a career in the business field. Kennedy decided to pursue both. (Loyola Maroon
IOC reallocates Marion Jones' medals
The International Olympic Committee has reallocated medals from the 2000 Sydney Games events in which Marion Jones, who has since been disqualified, competed. Jones admitted to using banned substances prior to, during and after the 2000 Games in Australia. On Dec. 12, 2007, the IOC stripped Jones of medals she won in 2000 and 2004. (UPI
Marion Jones eyes basketball career
Disgraced former track and field star Marion Jones has been training with the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars with a view to making a comeback in basketball for European and US teams at age 34. The one-time hero of the 2000 Sydney Olympics was released from a federal prison in September of last year after serving a six-month sentence for lying about taking performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check fraud plot. (ABC Online
Rashanda McCants is veteran of cancer's battlefield
Tonight will be Breast Health Awareness Night at Target Center. Lynx players will wear all pink when they play Connecticut at 7 p.m. Pink is one of Lynx rookie Rashanda McCants' favorite colors. She is glad to wear it, especially since her mother, Brenda, a breast cancer survivor, will be at the game. "My mom has been through that struggle, and I've seen that struggle right up front," said McCants, a 6-1 rookie forward. (Minneapolis Star Tribune
Rashad, Rashanda McCants to Host 3rd Annual "Shoot for the Cure"
Rashad McCants, a member of the 2005 UNC Tar Heels National Championship team and current member of the NBA's Sacramento Kings will host his 3rd Annual "Shoot For The Cure" fundraising event Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26 at the Bele Chere Festival in Asheville, NC. Joined by his sister Rashanda of the Minnesota Lynx, the brother and sister duo are hosting this charitable event to combat breast cancer. (Our Sports Central
Tonya Sampson of UNC's 1994 NCAA title team plays her first season for Carolina Queens
Long before Tonya Sampson was a college basketball star, she was playing football with the boys on the grassy fields of Royal Lane Park in Clinton.An all-American on the UNC Tar Heels' 1994 NCAA championship basketball team, Sampson is now playing her first full season for the Carolina Queens women's professional football team. (Charlotte Observer
Rashanda McCants still following her big brother
It is inevitable, Rashanda McCants says, that wherever she goes in life and whomever she meets, the question always comes up: How is your brother? "It's usually the first question someone asks," the Minnesota Lynx rookie said. "People usually ask me how my brother is doing before they ask me about how I'm doing. I don't mind talking about my brother at all, but that part sort of bugs me." (St. Paul Pioneer Press
NCAA penalizes Florida State for "major violations in its athletics program"
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has penalized Florida State University for major violations in its athletics program. The case involved academic fraud affecting more than 60 student-athletes across 10 sports, as well as impermissible benefits, unethical conduct by three former academic support services staff members, and a failure to monitor by the university.
The sports programs involved in these violations include football, baseball, men's track and field, women's track and field, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball and men's golf. Penalties for the violations include four years of probation, scholarship reductions, vacation of records, and show-cause penalties for the former staff members. (NCAA.org)
Tar Heel Women earn win over former assistant
Rashanda McCants had 19 points and eight rebounds, Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 18 points and No. 10 UNC beat Boston College 92-68 Thursday night. The game featured a matchup of North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell and first-year BC coach Sylvia Crawley. Crawley starred for Hatchell on the 1994 North Carolina national championship. Current BC assistant Stephanie Yelton was also a star on that team. (Raleigh News & Observer
Jennifer Alley Named ACC Women's Basketball Legend
The ACC announced its fifth annual class of Women's Basketball Legends Thursday to be honored at the 2009 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, held March 5-8, at the Greensboro Coliseum, and former UNC head coach Jennifer Alley was among those chosen. Alley served nine years as the first full time head women's basketball coach at the University of North Carolina and helped the Tar Heels capture the 1984 ACC crown. (Tar Heel Blue
Atlanta Dream Re-Signs Point Guard Nikki Teasley
The Atlanta Dream announced today that the team has re-signed unrestricted free agent point guard Nikki Teasley. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Atlanta is a great city and I am happy about the opportunity to play again," Teasley said. "The fans here really support the Dream and the front office has done a great job with adding some new additions to the team. I anxiously await the 2009 season." (Our Sports Central
Seventy-First retires LaToya Pringle's No. 30
Tuesday night at the Fayetteville Seventy-First gym, tribute was paid to another 30 from days past. But this 30 still has plenty of life in it, and isn’t ready to be retired to some dusty old record book, although it certainly has filled up a few pages in some over the years. LaToya Pringle came back to the Seventy-First gym to have her jersey, No. 30, officially retired from the rolling stock of Seventy-First uniforms. No longer will a female basketball player for Seventy-First wear that number. (Fayetteville Observer
Atlanta Dream Signs Free Agent Point Guard Nikki Teasley
The Atlanta Dream announced today the signing of free agent point guard Nikki Teasley for the remainder of the season. Teasley spent the last two seasons with the Washington Mystics before parting ways with the team in March. She gave birth to her daughter in June and has missed all of the 2008 season to date.
(Our Sports Central