August 12, 1959 |
|High school||Wichita North High School|
|College||University of Kansas|
|Allocated||1997, to the Cleveland Rockers|
|Cleveland Rockers (1997)
Detroit Shock (1998)
|Awards and honors|
|Olympic gold medalist (1984)|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Gold||Los Angeles 1984||Team competition|
|FIBA World Championship|
|Gold||1990 Malaysia||Team competition|
|Pan American Games|
|Bronze||1991 Havana||Team competition|
Lynette Woodard (born August 12, 1959 in Wichita, Kansas) is a retired American basketball player who made history by becoming the first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters and who tasted success[vague] abroad before finally reaching, at age 38, her dream of playing in the (newly formed) American women's professional basketball league.
Woodard went on to play college basketball with the University of Kansas (KU) in 1978, playing there until 1981. She was a four-time All-American at KU, and she averaged 26 points per game and scored 3,649 points in total during her four years there, and was the first KU woman to be honored by having her jersey retired. She is major college basketball's career women's scoring leader.
In 1981, she was signed by an Italian team, UFO Schio (Vicenza), to participate in their league.
In 1985, Woodard made headlines when she became the first woman ever to play with the Globetrotters. Incidentally, Woodard's cousin, Hubert "Geese" Ausbie, also played for the Globetrotters from 1961 to 1985.
In 1989, she was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. In 1990, she was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, and was signed by a Japanese women's team to play in their country. She played there until 1993.
In 1997, she was signed by the Cleveland Rockers of the newly founded Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The following year, she was selected in an expansion draft by the Detroit Shock. During the WNBA's off-season, she began working as a stockbroker in New York City.
She retired from playing in 1999, and returned to the University of Kansas serving as Assistant Coach of the women's basketball team. In late January 2004, she was named Interim Head Coach filling for the regular coach Marian Washington, who had retired due to medical reasons. She also served as Athletics Director for the Kansas City, Missouri School District from 1992 to 1994.
In September 2004, she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. And in June 2005, she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Woodard was a member of the USA National team at the 1990 World Championships, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The team won their opening round games fairly easily, with the closest of the first three games a 27 point victory over Czechoslovakia. Then they faced Cuba, a team that had beaten the USA in exhibition matches only a few weeks earlier. The USA team was losing at halftime, but came back to win 87–78. The USA team found itself behind at halftime to Canada in their next game, but came back to win easily 95–70. After an easy match against Bulgaria, the USA team faced Czechoslovakia again, end achieved an almost identical result, winning 87–59. In the title match, the USA team won the gold medal with a score of 88–78. Woodard averaged 6.3 points per game.
Woodard played with the USA team at the 1991 Pan American Games. The team finished with a record of 4–2, but managed to win the bronze medal. The USA team lost a three point game to Brazil, then responded with wins over Argentina and Cuba, earning a spot in the medal round. The next game was a rematch against Cuba, and this time the team from Cuba won a five point game. The USA beat Canada easily to won the bronze. Woodard averaged 2.3 points per game.
- Skaine, p. 52
- Woodard, Lynette - Inducted 1990 from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
- "Hall of Famers". Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
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- "ELEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 1990". USA Basketball. Retrieved 16 Feb 2014.
- "ELEVENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1991". USA Basketball. Retrieved 24 Oct 2013.
- Skaine, Rosemarie (2001). Women College Basketball Coaches. Foreword by Betty F. Jaynes. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland. ISBN 9780786409204.
|Awards and achievements|
Mark D. Herrmann
Donald J. Paige
Ronald K. Perry
Randy Lee Schleusener
|NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1982
Par J. Arvidsson
Kenneth W. Sims
Richard J. Giusto
Charles F. Kiraly
David R. Rimington
|Flo Hyman Memorial Award