15 former players, coaches named ACC women's basketball legends
The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced its 10th annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends. The Legends will be honored at the 2014 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 5-9 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Legends will be honored at the annual ACC Women's Basketball Legends' Luncheon on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m., and then will be introduced to the Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game that evening. The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors both players and coaches from each of the ACC's 15 schools who have contributed to the league's rich tradition.
Tickets to the Legends Lunch are priced at $35 each and can be obtained by calling 1-336-369-4673. Quantities are limited.
Included in this year's class are 13 former-student-athletes and two former head coaches who represent four decades of women's basketball. Below is a complete list of this year's Legends, and the accolades from their playing and coaching careers.
2014 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Legends Roster
Name School Years Position Hometown (Current Hometown)
Becky Gottstein Holden Boston College 1998-2003 Forward Albany, N.Y. (Beverly, Mass.)
Bobbie Mims Felder Clemson 1976-80 Guard Bowman, S.C. (Bowman, S.C.)
Michele Van Gorp Duke 1997-99 Center Macomb, Mich. (Durham, N.C.)
Alicia “Ice” Gladden Florida State 2003-07 Guard Orange Park, Fla.
Agnus Berenato Georgia Tech 1989-2003 Head Coach Gloucester City, N.J. (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Laura Harper Maryland 2004-08 Forward/Center Elkins Park, Pa. (Bowie, Md.)
Lin Dunn Miami 1978-87 Head Coach Dresden, Tenn. (Dresden, Tenn.)
Marion Jones North Carolina 1993-95, 97 Guard Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Austin, Texas)
Sharon Manning NC State 1987-91 Forward/Center Emporia, Va. (Emporia, Va.)
Ruth Riley Notre Dame 1997-01 Center Macy, Ind. (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Jennifer Bruce Pittsburgh 1981-85 Forward Pittsburgh, Pa. (Monroeville, Pa.)
Sue Ludwig Syracuse 1984-88 Guard Whitehall, Pa. (Clay, N.Y.)
DeMya Walker Virginia 1995-99 Forward Mount Holly, N.J. (Katy, Texas)
Carrie Mason Virginia Tech 2002-06 Guard Seneca, Pa. (Cranberry, Pa.)
Lisa Dodd Wake Forest 1986-91 Center Long Beach, N.Y. (Elk Grove, Calif.)
BOSTON COLLEGE – Becky Gottstein Holden, Forward, Albany, N.Y. (1998-2003)
One of the top scorers and rebounders in Boston College history, Becky Gottstein Holden lettered five times for the Eagles in the 1998-2003 seasons. The two-time captain finished her career with 1,490 points (ninth all-time at BC) and 884 rebounds (fourth all-time at BC). As a fifth-year senior, she averaged 15.2 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game while being named a Kodak District I All-American and to the All-Big East First team. Advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2003 NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's history, Boston College defeated Old Dominion and Vanderbilt before losing to eventual champion Connecticut. Following the season, she was named Boston College’s 2002-03 Female Eagle of the Year, the highest award bestowed upon a student-athlete. Holden earned All-Big East Second Team honors during her junior campaign after averaging 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. As a freshman during the 1998-99 season, Holden helped lead Boston College to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance and win over Ohio State, and was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team and to the Women’s Basketball News Service All-Freshman Second Team during this season. Holden graduated in May 2002 from the Lynch School of Education with a degree in elementary education and human development, and earned her master’s degree from the Woods College of advancing studies in 2004. Holden was inducted into Boston College’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2009. She and her husband John have two children, Murphy Jane and Jack.
CLEMSON - Bobbie Mims Felder, Guard, Bowman, S.C., (1976-80)
Bobbie Mims Felder, one of the greatest all-around players in school history, led the program to 87 wins and four AIAW Regional Tournaments from 1976-80. Mims was a second-team All-ACC selection in 1978 after averaging 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. She started 121 of 126 games in her career and played alongside all-time ACC leading scorer and rebounder Barbara Kennedy for two seasons. Mims was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, and still ranks among the best in school history in career assists (1st, 617), games started (1st, 121), steals (6th, 224), points (9th, 1,448) and rebounds (11th, 630). She spent 25 years as the Director of Admissions, Recruitment, Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Counselor, Registrar at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (SC) and 15 years as the Vice President for Student Services at the University. Her son, Brad Felder, graduated from the Citadel before transferring to Clemson and playing baseball as an everyday outfielder for the Tigers in 2012.
DUKE - Michelle Van Gorp, Center, Macomb, Mich. (1997-99)
Michelle Van Gorp played just two seasons at Duke in 1997-99, but quickly became one of the ACC’s best centers. Van Gorp spent her freshman and sophomore years at Purdue University playing for Lin Dunn before transferring to Duke to play her final two seasons under Gail Goestenkors. The 6-5 center earned 1999 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team honors after helping lead the Blue Devils to their first Final Four. In two years at Duke, Van Gorp played in 68 contests, starting 58. Van Gorp averaged 16.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks as a senior, while hitting 62.0 percent of her field goals. Over her career, she averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and blocked 58 shots. She was a 1999 third team Associated Press and Kodak All-American and a First Team All-ACC honoree. Following her collegiate career, Van Gorp became the first Blue Devil drafted in the WNBA when the New York Liberty selected her in the second round of the 1999 WNBA Draft. She played six seasons in the WNBA with three teams and played internationally in France, Greece, Italy, Russia and Spain. Van Gorp graduated from Duke in 1999 and is currently on head coach Joanne P. McCallie’s staff as the Blue Devils’ Director of Women’s Basketball Recruiting Operations.
FLORIDA STATE - Alicia “Ice” Gladden, Guard, Orange Park, Fla. (2003-07)
A four-year guard from Orange Park, Fla., Alicia “Ice” Gladden earned her nickname for her smooth style of play as a crafty left-hander. Gladden left an indelible impact on the Florida State women’s basketball program, helping lead its rise to prominence from 2003-07. The former Orange Park High School standout was one of the most versatile players to ever don the Garnet and Gold, ranking first in school history with 275 career steals and being one of just 11 Seminoles to finish with 1,400 or more points in a career. Gladden emerged as one of the ACC’s best in her time in Tallahassee, being named an All-ACC Third Team member in 2006 and 2007, and also garnering ACC Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore in 2005. Gladden excelled on both ends of the court for the Seminoles, holding the honor as the only player in program history to earn ACC All-Defensive Team recognition three times. One of the highlights to “Ice” Gladden’s career was being part of the first Florida State team to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 when the 10th-seeded Seminoles knocked off No. 2 seed Stanford, 68-61, on March 19, 2007, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. Gladden’s smarts on the court also transferred to the classroom, as she twice was named to the All-ACC Academic Team and earned ACC Academic Honor Roll honors four times. Sadly, Gladden’s life ended on April 19, 2013, when she was a fatal victim of a drunk driving accident caused by another driver as she was returning home after coaching a Creekside High School basketball game in St. Johns, Fla. Gladden's jersey was retired on Nov. 22, 2013, at Orange Park High School.
Georgia Tech – Agnus Berenato, Head Coach, Gloucester City, N.J, (1989-2003)
The winningest coach in Georgia Tech history, Agnus Berenato coached on the Flats for 17 years; two as an assistant under two-time ACC Legend Bernadette McGlade (2008, 2012) and 15 as head coach. Berenato was instrumental in building the foundation for Georgia Tech’s women’s program during her 17 years in Atlanta. Within three years of assuming the head coaching duties, Berenato guided the Yellow Jackets to the National Women’s Invitational Tournament Championship in 1992, and the first 20-win season in program history. The following year, in 1993, Berenato led the Tech women to their first NCAA tournament bid. In total, Berenato led the Jackets to postseason play on six separate occasions in 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Success on the court was complimented by success in the classroom. Every student athlete who played for and completed their eligibility under Berenato at Tech earned a degree from the Institute. Additionally, Berenato coached numerous All-ACC team members, ACC Rookies of the Year, a WBCA All District Honoree, and a Georgia Division I Player of the Year awarded by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. Berenato herself was recognized on two occasions as a Division I Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. Berenato, who compiled 435 career wins in 28 years as a head coach, was also inducted into the South Jersey Hall of Fame and the Rider College Hall of Fame. A 1980 graduate from Mount Saint Mary’s University, she received honorary doctorate degrees from Mount Saint Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Md.) and Seton Hill University (Greensburg, Pa.). She is the proud wife of Jack Berenato and mother of five children; Theresa, Andrew, Santo, Clare and Chrissy.
MARYLAND – Laura Harper, Forward/Center, Elkins Park, Pa. (2004-08)
One of the most passionate and successful players ever to represent the Terrapins, Harper left Maryland in 2008 after an impactful four-year career in College Park. Her career did not start as smoothly as expected when she ruptured her Achilles tendon in December of her freshman year. After battling back from the injury, she led the Terrapins to their first-ever NCAA championship the following season. She averaged 14.0 points and 8.3 rebounds during the tournament run and was named Final Four Most Valuable Player for her performance. In the Final Four against No. 1 North Carolina, the sophomore notched a career-high with 24 points and added nine rebounds to advance to the title game against Duke. In the ACC championship, she had 16 points and seven key rebounds as the Terrapins battled in overtime. Harper holds the Maryland record for blocks with 198 in her career. She is also in the school record books with 873 career rebounds and 1,407 points.
MIAMI – Lin Dunn, Coach, Dresden, Tenn. (1978-87)
Inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, Lin Dunn remains one of the most transcending figures in the Miami Hurricanes family. Dunn served as head coach of the women’s basketball program from 1978-87, and will be inducted into the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June of 2014. In her nine years at the helm of the program in Coral Gables, Dunn accumulated a 149-119 record. Dunn guided Miami to its first-ever ranking in the Associated Press Top 20 in 1985 and to its first Florida State Championship in 1981. She was the 1981 Florida Coach of the Year and served with the 1986 United States Women's Basketball Team. Dunn served as President of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in 1984-85. Among the record-holding players Dunn coached at Miami were Maria Rivera, Robin Harmony, Cordelia Fulmore, Sylvia Wilson, Donna Mapp, Joani Bowles, Wendy Foote, Jill Poorman, Elaine Harlow, and Loretta Harvey. Prior to her arrival in Miami, Dunn served as the head coach at Mississippi (1977-78) and Austin Peay State (1970-76). In 25 years as a collegiate coach, Dunn amassed a record of 447-257 with seven NCAA Tournament berths and one Final Four appearance. Following her time in the collegiate ranks, Dunn coached the Portland Power of the ABL before becoming the first head coach and general manager of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. Dunn is currently the head coach of the Indiana Fever, which she guided to the 2012 WNBA Championship.
NORTH CAROLINA – Marion Jones, Guard, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (1993-95, 1997)
Marion Jones is recognized as one of the finest athletes ever to compete at the University of North Carolina. She was a six-time All-America in track and field who helped lead the Tar Heels women's basketball team to the 1994 national title and three Atlantic Coast Conference titles. Jones was a two-time All-ACC selection and the Most Valuable Player of the 1997 ACC Tournament. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native earned All-America honors from the Associated Press, Basketball America, Basketball Times and Kodak during her collegiate career. At the end of her career, Jones was third in the UNC record books in steals (334), third in scoring average (16.8), fourth in assists (403) and seventh in points (1,716). Her Tar Heel teams amassed a 92-10 (.902) record overall, was 10-2 in NCAA Tournament play and 9-0 in the ACC Tournament. Jones never missed any of her 102 career games in Chapel Hill that spanned three seasons. She was selected in the third round of the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury, but chose to continue her track and field career. Jones later signed with the Tulsa Shock and played for two seasons in 2010 and 2011. A journalism and mass communications major at North Carolina, Jones currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband Obadele, and their three children, Monty, Amir and Eva-Marie.
NC STATE – Sharon Manning, Forward/Center, Emporia, Va. (1988-91)
Sharon Manning played an integral role in the success of the NC State women’s basketball program in the late 1980s and early 90s. Named to the All-ACC First Team during State’s 1989-90 regular-season league championship campaign, Manning was also named the ACC Tournament MVP the following season when the Wolfpack claimed the 1991 conference tournament title. Manning’s legacy lives on in the Wolfpack record books, as she still holds top 14 marks in rebounds (7th, 912), double-doubles (8th, 27), field goals made (9th, 642), rebounding average (9th, 7.5 rpg), points scored (11th, 1,569), field-goal percentage (11th, .532), and scoring average (14th, 12.9 ppg). She is one of just 29 Wolfpack student-athletes in the 39-year history of the women’s program to be a member of the exclusive 1,000-point club.
NOTRE DAME – Ruth Riley, Center, Macy, Ind. (1997-2001)
The only Irish player with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career, Ruth Riley won the 2001 Naismith Award as the first Notre Dame player to be honored. A two-time first-team AP All-America selection, she was a two-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, was the 2001 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team Member of the Year, and was inducted into CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2012. She holds program records in seven career categories, including rebounds (1,007), blocked shots (370 - fifth in NCAA history), and field goal percentage (.632 – 11th in NCAA history), and also set the school single-game scoring record with 41 points against Providence in 1998. A three-time Big East Defensive Player of Year, Riley was named to the All-Big East First Team three times and was the 2001 Big East Player of the Year. In 2001, Riley hit two free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining to lift the Irish to the national championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player for her performance. After her time at Notre Dame, Riley was selected by the Miami Sol in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2001 WNBA Draft and was later named MVP of the 2003 WNBA Finals after leading Detroit to its first title. She is one of only three women’s basketball players to be named Finals MVP at both the college and professional levels. The first vice-president of the WNBA Players Association, Riley was a member of the 2004 U.S. National Team that won the gold medal at the Athens Olympics, making her one of nine players to win NCAA, WNBA, and Olympic championships.
PITT – Jennifer Bruce Scott, Forward, Pittsburgh, Pa. (1981-85)
Jennifer Bruce Scott is one of the most decorated players in Pitt women’s basketball history. Three decades after her collegiate career concluded, Bruce Scott is still the second all-time leading scorer in Pitt basketball – men’s or women’s history – with 2,295 points, and stands first in the Pitt record book in field goals made (896). She is also fifth in rebounds (998), third in blocked shots (203) and seventh in steals (203). Bruce Scott, a three-time All-Big East First Team honoree and the 1984 Co-Player of the Year, averaged 20.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game over her career. Her scoring average of 20.5 points per game is tied for the highest in program history. Bruce Scott was tabbed a University of Pittsburgh Awardee of Distinction in 2011 and named to the Pittsburgh Basketball Club in 2012. In addition, she was selected to the Big East Sliver Anniversary Squad recognizing the league’s best players over a 25-year span. Bruce Scott, who advanced through the hospital ranks to her current role as Primary Registered Nurse for Dr. Kofi Clarke - Allegheny Center for Digestive Health - Allegheny Health Network, continues to be involved in the game of basketball as a scholastic coach the past 16 years in the Pittsburgh area. Bruce Scott has two children: Shayla, who followed her mother to Pitt and was a four-year starter, and Tyler, a sophomore on the Kent State basketball team. Shayla is currently an assistant women’s basketball coach at La Salle University.
SYRACUSE – Sue Ludwig, Guard, Whitehall, Pa. (1984-88)
A standout for Syracuse from 1984-88, Ludwig helped lead the Orange women’s basketball team to the 1985 and 1988 NCAA Tournaments. Ludwig holds the distinction of being only one of two players in Syracuse history to play in two NCAA Tournaments. She was named first-team All-Big East her senior year, second-team All-Big East her junior year, and took Big East Player of the Week honors twice. The Whitehall, Pa. native ended her career with 1,214 points, 529 assists and 254 steals. In Syracuse history, she ranks 13th in points, fourth in assists, fourth in steals, seventh in free throws made (306), ninth in free throw percentage (.765) and third in minutes played (3,879). Ludwig has continued her career in women’s basketball, as she is the head coach of Westhill High in Syracuse, N.Y. In 2011, Ludwig posted her 400th career victory at Westhill and was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
VIRGINIA – DeMya Walker, Forward, Mount Holly, N.J. (1995-99)
Forward DeMya Walker was an honorable mention All-American in her senior season with the Cavaliers after leading the team in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots. The two-time Richmond Times-Dispatch all-state honoree ended her Virginia career with 1,583 points and a school-record 330 blocked shots, which at the time ranked 12th in the NCAA record book. Walker also holds the Virginia record for career field goal percentage, making 55.7 percent of her shots during her four-year career. In 1999, Walker played for a professional basketball team in Italy, before returning from overseas to play for the WNBA’s Portland Fire (2000-02), Sacramento Monarchs (2003-09), Connecticut Sun (2010-2011), Washington Mystics (2011) and the New York Liberty (2012). Walker graduated with a degree in government.
VIRGINIA TECH – Carrie Mason Melat, Guard, Seneca, Pa. (2002-06)
A sharp-shooting guard from Seneca, Pa., Carrie Mason Melat’s name sits atop the Virginia Tech all-time list for 3-pointers made, tallying 200 across her four seasons in Blacksburg from 2002-06. Melat appears throughout the Virginia Tech recordbook after an outstanding career that saw her log the most minutes played in program history. In addition to those program records, Melat is ranked in the top 10 in steals (seventh), assists (eighth), free throws made (eighth) and scoring average (10th). She is seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,369 points, after appearing in 123 games, and including a Virginia Tech-record 121 starts. During her career, Melat helped guide the Hokies to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including first-round victories over Georgia Tech, Iowa and Missouri. She was also on the first-ever Virginia Tech team to compete as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004-05. Melat and her husband Kyle have two children, Landon and Macie. She lives in Cranberry, Pa. and works as a Cost Accountant for Joy Global, Inc.
WAKE FOREST – Lisa Dodd, Center, Long Beach, N.Y., (1986-1991)
The leading scorer and rebounder on Wake’s Forest first NCAA Tournament team (1988), Lisa Dodd left her mark on the Demon Deacon’s record book, as she holds school records in blocks for a career (153), blocks in a season (61) and single-season field goal percentage (64.7 percent). Additionally, Dodd is tied for seventh on Wake’s games played list (117). During her outstanding sophomore campaign in which she led the Deacs to a school-record 23 wins, Dodd started every game, scored 13.9 points per game and pulled down 7.6 rebounds per game en route to being named second team All-ACC. Furthermore, Dodd led the nation in shooting percentage, as she converted over 64 percent of her attempts from the floor. An All-America selection coming out of high school, Dodd battled a knee injury that caused her to miss parts of two seasons, as well as redshirt one season. Prior to the knee injury, Dodd averaged 10.9 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.