UConn associate head women's basketball coach Chris Dailey has been selected as one of 10 finalists for induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced on Thursday evening. The Class of 2018 will be selected from the 10 finalists and announced on ESPN2 on February 12 during the Louisville at CT game (7:00 p.m. ET).
Dailey, Rutgers Class of 1982, has helped Auriemma and the Huskies to 11 national championships, six flawless seasons and 45 conference championships (23 regular season, 22 tournaments). The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining the individuals to be inducted each year. They have led the Huskies to 29 straight NCAA tournament appearances including 18 trips to the Final Four.
CHRISTINE DAILEY - (Contributor - Assistant Coach) As Connecticut's top assistant coach for the last 32 years, the Huskies have posted a 991-135 overall record en route to 11 NCAA National Championships.
Dailey joins former Tennessee assistant coach Mickie DeMoss along with Yelena Baranova, former New Jersey high school coach Rose Marie Battaglia, former Colorado head coach Ceal Barry, WNBA legends Chamique Holdsclaw, Katie Smith and Tina Thompson in addition to Vickie Orr and Valerie Still as Hall of Fame finalists.
June 9, 2018: Induction of Class of 2018 (Knoxville, TN). She was both an assistant and head coach during her many stints coaching in college.
Dailey has helped develop 14 players who have gone on to play in the Olympic Games while 22 have been named consensus first-team All-Americans. She made four NJCAA final four appearances, and coached Anne Donovan in high school. Inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. 1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year and a six-time WNBA All-Star.
Chamique Holdsclaw is an all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee and led the Lady Vols to three national championships.
Katie Smith, who won three Olympic gold medals with the United States (2000, '04, '08), two ABL titles with Columbus (1997, '98), and two WNBA titles with Detroit (2006, '08). She played collegiately at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to the 1993 NCAA final as a freshman. She finished her 17-season WNBA career in 2013 with 7,488 points, second most in league history behind Diana Taurasi, and 3,070 rebounds. In 2015-16, Boyette became the first player in program history to reach the combined milestone of 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 200 career blocks. Number 1 pick in the inaugural 1997 WNBA draft, guiding the Houston Comets to the first four WNBA Championships (1997-2000). She played one season (1999) in the WNBA with Washington.
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