June 13, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former Hawkeye All-American Michelle Edwards will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. The event can be seen live on ESPN3 at 6 p.m. (CT).
The Class of 2014 — the Hall of Fame’s 16th group of inductees — includes Edwards (player), Lin Dunn (coach), Mimi Griffin (contributor), Yolanda Griffith (player), Jasmina Perazic (player), and Charlotte West (contributor). The event will be held at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Edwards is one of the most decorated players in Iowa women’s basketball history. The 5-9 guard, nicknamed “Ice,” amassed a career record of 102-22 from 1984-1988. During her four years, Edwards led the Hawkeyes to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two Big Ten titles.
In 1988, she was named the Champion Products National Player of the Year, the highest honor in women’s collegiate basketball. Edwards garnered several other honors that year including being named a Kodak All-American, a Naismith All-American, a USBWA All-American, the Big Ten Player of the Year, and the University of Iowa Athlete of the Year. In her senior season, Edwards also led Iowa to its first ever national number one ranking, along with a record of 29-2 overall and 17-1 in the Big Ten. She paced the Hawkeyes with an average of 20 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 2.9 steals per game.
The three-time first team All-Big Ten selection is the only Hawkeye to have her jersey retired (No. 30). Edwards ranks high in several Iowa statistical categories, including second in career assists (431), fourth in career scoring (1,821), and third in career steals (235). She also ranks second among single season scoring leaders (621).
Edwards — inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 — played in the National Olympic Festival in 1985 and was a member of the U.S. Select Team in 1986. In 1991, she was part of the United States Pan American Team, and she also competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988 and 1992.
Upon graduation, Edwards played professionally in Italy for nine seasons before joining the WNBA during its inaugural year in 1997. She then spent three seasons with the Cleveland Rockers and two seasons with the Seattle Storm.