Buckeye Great Katie Smith Selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

By 11W Staff on March 31, 2018 at 12:40 pm
Katie Smith was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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Last month, Katie Smith was announced as one of seven members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018. On Saturday, the former Ohio State guard was honored once again, as she earned a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Smith – who is recognized as one of the top players in program history – was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. She led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament final as a freshman in 1993 and was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 1996.

After her time in Columbus, Smith went on to become the all-time leading scorer in women's professional basketball history. She spent 15 seasons in the WNBA where she scored 6,452 points and led the Detroit Shock to WNBA titles in 2006 and 2008. Smith was honored as the Finals MVP for her performance in 2008. She became the head coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty last October.

Smith, who is back in Columbus this weekend participating in festivities surrounding the Women's Final Four, expressed her gratitude for the Hall of Fame recognition in a Saturday evening tweet.

Other 2018 Naismith inductees include NBA greats Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen, among others.

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