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Former Spartan basketball star Tracy Saunders earns another Hall of Fame honor

Saunders, middle, is presented with the 1990-91 Honda Award as the Division II Female Athlete of the Year

Saunders, middle, is presented with the 1990-91 Honda Award as the Division II Female Athlete of the Year

NORFOLK, Va. – Former Norfolk State women’s basketball star Tracy Saunders will be among this year’s class of inductees into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame (HRAASHF), the organization announced.

Saunders joins former University of Maryland basketball star and NBA standout Joe Smith, Virginia Tech track athlete Jerry Gaines, the late journalist Abe Goldblatt and the group Concerned Athletes in Action (CAIA) as inductees in this year’s hall of fame class. The group will be enshrined at the 19th annual induction ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel.

Saunders, who grew up in Suffolk, starred for the Spartan women’s basketball team from 1987-91. Saunders ranks third all-time in scoring at NSU with 2,084 points and second in rebounds with 978. She also is second in field goals (836), field goal attempts (1,746) and free throw attempts (674), third in steals (327), fourth in games played (120) and free throws made (410).

NSU compiled a 95-25 record during Saunders’ career, including a record-setting season in 1990-91. The Spartans won a school-record 33 games that year, finishing 33-2 and advancing to the school’s first-ever Division II Final Four. Saunders was named the Kodak/NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, the Honda Division II Women Athlete of the Year and CIAA Player of the Year that season after averaging 20.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

To purchase tickets to the induction ceremony, contact Heather Johnson at (757)-495- 0143 or (757) 286-4202.

 

Originally published at nsuspartans.com

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