2023 INDUCTION CEREMONY

2023 Induction Ceremony

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Induction Ceremony will take place on April 29, 2023, in Knoxville, TN, at the Tennessee Theatre. The members of the Class of 2023 are: Cathy Boswell (Veteran Player), Donna Lopiano (Contributor), Lisa Mattingly (Official), Carolyn Peck (Coach), and Lindsay Whalen (Player).

In addition to the Class of 2023, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will award the Trailblazer of the Game Award to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the For the Love of the Game Award to the Dust Bowl Girls.

The 2023 Induction will mark the 24th Class of Inductees to be honored by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2023 will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, receiving their coveted WBHOF Trophy and Baron Championship Induction Ring, on April 29, 2023, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets for the ceremony are on sale now.

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2023 Induction Weekend Information

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, April 29, 2023

11:00 AM (EST) – Class of 2023 Autograph Session at the WBHOF (Free Admission)

4:00 PM (EST) – VIP Reception at the Embassy Suites Rooftop – MVP TICKET ONLY

  • Open Bar
  • Meet and Greet with Class of 2023 and Past Inductees

6:00 PM (EST) – 2023 Induction Ceremony at the Tennessee Theatre – ROOKIE or MVP TICKET NEEDED

8:00 PM (EST) – Post-Celebration at the WBHOF – ROOKIE or MVP TICKET NEEDED

WBHOF HOURS OF OPERATION

Friday, April 28 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Saturday, April 29 – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Free Admission

Sunday, April 30 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

TICKET PACKAGES

MVP TICKET – $250

  • 1 VIP Reception Ticket at Embassy Suites Rooftop
  • 1 Induction Ceremony Ticket at Tennessee Theatre
  • 1 Post-Celebration Ticket at the WBHOF

ROOKIE TICKET – $125

  • 1 Induction Ceremony Ticket at the Tennessee Theatre
  • 1 Post-Celebration Ticket at the WBHOF

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HOTEL INFORMATION

Embassy Suites

Phone: 865-544-8502

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Courtyard Knoxville Downtown

Phone: 865-566-9100

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Residence Inn Knoxville Downtown

Phone: 865-566-9100

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CLASS OF 2023

CATHY BOSWELL (Veteran Player)
  • Member of Team USA gold medalists at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles

  • Career standout at Illinois State University (1980-1983) finishing with 2,005 points and 1,054 rebounds

  • Two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Kodak All-American and two-time Wade Trophy finalist

DONNA LOPIANO (Contributor)
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 1992 to 2007…member of Fox Sports “The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports” list

  • Director of Women’s Athletics at The University of Texas from 1975-92. women’s teams won 18 national championships in six different sports, including 1985-86 first undefeated NCAA champion (34-0) in women’s basketball.

LISA MATTINGLY (Official)
  • 38-year official…officiated in 10 NCAA Women’s Final Four championship games and seven semifinals.

  • Officiated the WNBA League Championship Series from 2000-07 and the WNBA League Finals from 2002-06

  • Recipient of the 2002 Naismith Award as Outstanding Official

CAROLYN PECK (Coach)
  • Head coach at Purdue University (1997-99), the Orlando Miracle (1999-01), and the University of Florida (2002-07)

  • Named 1998-99 USBWA Coach of the Year, WBCA Coach of the Year, AP College Basketball Coach of the Year and the Naismith College Coach of the Year

  • Purdue’s 1999 NCAA national championship still is the only Big Ten team to win a title in the sport

LINDSAY WHALEN (Player)
  • In her four years, Minnesota compiled an 80-43 (.650) record. One of only three sophomores in conference history to earn Big Ten Player of the Year.

  • Four-time WNBA world championship team member… All-WNBA First Team in 2008, 2011, and 2013…five-time WNBA All-Star.

  • Two-time Team USA gold medalist, Member of Team USA 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Champions.

Trailblazer of the Game – WBCA

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is a membership-driven organization, which encompasses more than 3,000 coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of the sport – from scholastic and non-scholastic youth to collegiate to the WNBA. The association is committed to serving its members and helping to grow women’s and girls’ basketball by providing educational programming, networking opportunities, information and news, legislative and rules updates, and acting as the collective voice of the membership to the NCAA and other governing bodies of the sport.

For the Love of the Game – Dust Bowl Girls

The Dust Bowl Girls capture a moment in American history when female athletes faced incredible scrutiny, and when a struggling nation most needed inspiration and hope. Through sacrifice, determination, teamwork, and heart, this unlikely group led by a resourceful coach beat the odds, achieving much more than a championship season.

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