Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inducts USC's Dawn Staley

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Springfield, MA (WLTX) - University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley is now officially a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Staley and 11 other new inductees were honored Sunday afternoon at the Hall of Fame ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, Staley was one of the faces of women's basketball during a time of unprecedented popularity and attention for the sport that led to the formation of the WNBA. She's one of the most decorated athletes of her generation, winning awards at the high school, collegiate, and pro level. USA TODAY Recognized her as the National High School Player of the Year; she was a two-time ACC Player of the Year at Virginia and led her team to two Final Fours; she won three Olympic gold medals as a player (1996, 2000, 2004) and one as an assistant coach (2008); and she was a five time WNBA All-Star and two-time ABL all-star.

Since coming to USC as a coach, she's led the Gamecocks to a 92-66 record, including back-to-back 25-win season.

Staley is also a member fo the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Haley's fellow inductees are nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, seven-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, five-time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis, four-time NBA All-Start Bernard King, four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian, three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, Roger Brown, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Oscar Schmidt, Richard Guerin and Russ Granik.

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