Marian Washington is Kansas University’s former Women’s BasketballCoach. Marian’s longevity as KU Women’s Basketball Coach exceeded 30 years. Throughout her career, Marian achieved multiple awards and accomplishments which include: achieving membership in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, leading KU into extensive victories, coaching her team in a number of NCAA Tournaments, and being awarded the Black Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Washington was chosen as the head coach of the team representing the USA in 1982 at the William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan. The team started out strongly, winning their first four games by 16 or more points. In the fifth game, they were matched against Australia. The game was close until the end. With a half-minute remaining, the USA held a one point margin. The USA extended the lead to three points on two free throws, the Aussies brought it back to one with two free throws of their own, and the USA hit two free throws with two second left in the game to secure the 65–62 victory. The next two games were easy victories, then the USA based unbeaten Canada in the final game. The game was very close, but the USA fell to Canada 70–67 to finish with a single loss and the silver medal. USA players Lea Henry and Paula McGee were named to the All-Tournament Team.