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SAN ANTONIO – Former Virginia women’s basketball All-American and National Player of the Year Dawn Staley has been named to the Class of 2012 for induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Saturday (July 23) during the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game.

Joining Staley in the Class of 2012 are Nancy Fahey (coach), Nikki McCray (player), Pam McGee (player), Inge Nissen (player) and Robin Roberts (contributor).

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Staley said while joining the ABC broadcast crew following the announcement. “I’m going in with great company … I’m amongst some great, talented people.”

Additionally, at halftime of the WNBA All-Star Game, Staley was named one of the top 15 players in the history of the league.

Staley, a Philadelphia native and the current head coach at South Carolina, played at Virginia from 1989-1992. She was a three-time Kodak All-American, two-time National Player of the Year and two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. Staley was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1991 NCAA Tournament and led UVa to three-consecutive Final Fours from 1990-92.

Staley is the only ACC player to record more than 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 700 assists and 400 steals.

During her WNBA career, Staley was named an All-Star five times and was selected to the WNBA All-Decade Team.

A three-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004), Staley was named the 1994 and 2004 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.

The Class of 2012 will be formally introduced at the 2011 State Farm Tip-Off Classic. Details for the 2012 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction will be announced at a later date.

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