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Woodard among Women’s Hall of Fame inductees

November 15, 2004

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— Former Harlem Globetrotter, Olympian and Kansas University standout Lynette Woodard and retired Auburn coach Joe Ciampi are among six chosen for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

NAIA standout Kelli Litsch, high school coach Edna Tarbutton, AAU All-American Dixie Woodall and Hunter Low, founder of the Kodak All-American team, also will be enshrined at the hall in June, officials announced Sunday.

The hall, which opened in Knoxville in 1999, recognizes players, coaches, referees and contributors to women's basketball.

"Our sport has so many tremendous people who have contributed to its growth, profile and credibility," said Texas coach Jody Conradt, president of the hall's board of directors. "Certainly this class of inductees has done the same."

Woodard was a Kodak All-American from 1978-81 at Kansas, where she scored 3,649 points in her career. She was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in September.

Woodard was captain of the 1984 Olympic gold-medal team and was the first woman to play for the Globetrotters. She played professionally in Italy and Japan before finishing her career in the WNBA with the Cleveland Rockers and Detroit Shock.

Woodard, now living in her hometown of Wichita and working for A.G. Edwards, was the interim coach at Kansas last spring after head coach Marian Washington retired. Washington was inducted into the hall last year.

Ciampi retired in March after compiling a 568-203 record at Auburn over 25 years. Before coaching the Tigers, he coached two seasons at the U.S. Military Academy. Auburn was national runner-up three straight seasons from 1988-1990 and won four Southeastern Conference regular-season titles and four SEC tournament championships under Ciampi.

Litsch led Southwestern Oklahoma State University to three NAIA national championships in 1982, '83 and '85, and was the NAIA tournament MVP all three years. A Parade All-American in 1981, Litsch led Thomas High School in Oklahoma to state championships in 1980 and '81 and averaged 37.6 points in the tournament.

She is assistant athletic director for compliance at her alma mater.

Low helped start the company-sponsored All-America team in 1975 and managed the program for 17 years. She was involved in the formation of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Tarbutton coached 33 years at Baskin (La.) High School, which holds the national record for consecutive wins at 218. The streak lasted from 1948 to 1953 and no other organized sports team in the United States at any level has won that many games in a row.

Woodall was a three-time AAU All-American for the Raytown Piperettes in 1964, '66 and '67. She also played on the Nashville Business College team that won the 1960 AAU national title and earned a silver medal in the 1967 Pan American Games. She coached 14 years.

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