Woodard Recognized At Baylor Game

Feb. 22, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Legendary University of Kansas four-time Kodak All-American and former assistant coach Lynette Woodard was recognized at halftime of the women’s basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 23, against Baylor.

Woodard, who was one of six individuals inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this past September, saw her name name added to the banner listing all 15 Jayhawks who have earned basketball’s highest honor.

Woodard joined Clyde Drexler, Jerry Colangelo, Bill Sharman, Maurice Stokes and Drazen Dalipagic in the Class of 2004, which was enshrined on Sept. 10, 2004, in Springfield, Mass.

Woodard, a native of Wichita, Kan., enjoyed a phenomenal basketball career at the scholastic, collegiate, professional and international level. She was a three-time all-state selection at Wichita North HS, and led her school to state championships in 1975 and 1977. A national high school All-America in 1977, Woodard went on to play at KU from 1978-81, and ended her career as a four-time Kodak All-America and the leading scorer in the history of women’s basketball with 3,649 points (26 ppg, 12 rpg). In fact, her career scoring total still ranks second only to Pete Maravich (3,667 points) for the most points ever scored by a college athlete, male or female.

A four-time All-Big Eight Conference selection, Woodard dominated the women’s game, leading the nation in scoring in 1979, rebounding in 1978 and steals in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Woodard was MVP of the Big Eight Tournament in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and was later named the conference Player of the Decade. She scored in double-figures in 138 of 139 career games at Kansas and became the first female member of KU’s athletics Hall of Fame.

On the international level, Woodard was a member of the 1980 Olympic Team and co-captained the Gold Medal Olympic team in 1984. She also earned a Gold Medal at the World University Games in 1979. Woodard played international basketball in the Italian League where she led the league in scoring in 1982 and 1989 and led Eni-Chem of Priolo to the Italian national championship in 1989. Woodard earned notoriety in 1985 when she became the first female ever to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. She played two professional seasons with the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers and Detroit Shock.

Woodard also served as interim head coach for the Jayhawks at the end of the 2004 season after spending five years as assistant coach. She assumed the role on Jan. 29 and guided the team through the end of the season after the retirement of Marian Washington.

Woodard joined a distinguished list of former Jayhawks to be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame which includes Dr. James Naismith, Dr. F.C. “Phog” Allen, E.C. Quigley, John Bunn, Adolph Rupp, Paul Endacott, Arthur Lonborg, William C. Johnson, John McClendon, Wilt Chamberlain, Dean Smith, Ralph Miller, Clyde Lovellette and Larry Brown. Kansas has more inductees than any other Division I school.