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Jan. 27, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Atlantic Coast Conference Tuesday (Jan. 27) announced its 11th annual class of ACC Women’s Basketball Legends presented by New York Life with former Cavalier Audra Smith (1989-92) being selected as Virginia’s honoree.

The ACC Women’s Basketball Legends program honors both players and coaches from each of the ACC’s 15 schools who have contributed to their respective institutions rich tradition. The Legends will be recognized at the 2015 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 4-8 at the Greensboro Coliseum, including being honored at the annual ACC Women’s Basketball Legends’ Brunch on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m., as well as being introduced to the Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game that afternoon.

During Smith’s four-year playing career at Virginia (1989-92), the Cavaliers went 113-18, made three trips to the Final Four and won two ACC Championships. After graduating from Virginia with a degree in sociology in 1992, she worked in her hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia, before joining Debbie Ryan’s staff in 1994, serving as an assistant coach. Smith served as the recruiting coordinator beginning in 2000, before leaving in 2004 to become the head coach at Alabama Birmingham. At UAB, Smith amassed a 57-39 record with her teams finishing with a winning record in each of her last four seasons there. On April 8, 2013, Smith was named the head coach at Clemson, where in her first season at the helm, she led the team to collect the most wins by the program since 2009-10, and a win an ACC Tournament game.

Tickets to the Legends Brunch are priced at $35 each and can be obtained by calling 1-336-369-4673. Quantities are limited.

Included in this year’s class are 14 former-student-athletes and one former head coach who represent five decades of women’s basketball. Below is a complete list of this year’s Legends, and the accolades from their playing and coaching careers.

2015 ACC Women’s Basketball Legends Presented by New York Life Roster
Clare Droesch/Boston College/2001-05
Amy Geren McGowan/Clemson/1995-99
Alana Beard/Duke/2000-04
Cherry Rivers/Florida State/1976-80
Sonja Mallory Gamby/Georgia Tech/2000-03
Nell Knox/Louisville/1989-93
Ferne Labati/Miami/1988-2005
Tracy Reid/North Carolina/1995-98
Jennifer Howard Wolgemuth/NC State/1993-97
Natalie Achonwa/Notre Dame/2010-14
Debbie Lewis/Pittsburgh/1977-82
Martha Mogish Rowe/Syracuse/1978-81
Audra Smith/Virginia/1989-92
Kerri Gardin/Virginia Tech/2002-06
Janice Collins/Wake Forest/1983-86

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