Already an inducted member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, former Francis Marion University great Pearl Moore was again recognized the Hall of Fame during the recent announcement of its Class of 2018.
The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame announced its seven-member induction class for 2018 on ESPN2 during the telecast of the Louisville versus Connecticut game.
In addition, the hall will recognize the Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) for its contributions to the game with a display entitled "Trailblazers of the Game". Fourteen former WBL players were listed in the hall's release including Moore.
Moore played two seasons in the WBL, 1979-80 with the New York Stars and 1980-81 with the St. Louis Streak, and earned All-Star status in 1981.
The WBL will join eight other teams and organizations that have been recognized as "Trailblazers of the Game." The WBL was the first professional women's basketball league in the United States, playing three seasons from 1978 to 1981. Any former WBL players, coaches, and administrators are requested to contact the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame to receive information to participate in this celebration of the WBL ([email protected]).
The 2018 Induction will mark the 20th anniversary of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The induction ceremony will be June 9. Located in Knoxville, Tenn., the Hall of Fame currently has 157 inductees.
Former Francis Marion head coach Sylvia Hatchell is also a member of the hall.
Moore, a graduate of Wilson High School, was a four-time All-American for the Patriots between 1975 and 1979. She still holds the career scoring record for all levels of women's college basketball with 4,061 points. She earned a B.S. degree in sociology in 1979.