Remembering legend Lusia Harris the only woman to be officially drafted
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U. S. center Lusia Harris finishes a basket in a game against Bulgaria during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty ImagesU. S. center Lusia Harris finishes a basket in a game against Bulgaria during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty ImagesAthletes and admirers are paying tribute to Lusia Harris, the women’s basketball legend who died Tuesday at age 66. Harris may not be a household name, but her credentials speak for themselves: She led her college team to three championships in the 1970s, scored the first points in the history of Olympic women’s basketball and was the only woman to be officially drafted by the NBA.”We are deeply saddened to share the news that our angel, matriarch, sister, mother, grandmother, Olympic medalist, The Queen of Basketball, Lusia Harris has passed away unexpectedly today in Mississippi,” the family said in a statement shared by Delta State University, her alma mater. “The recent months brought Ms. Harris great joy, including the news of the upcoming wedding of her youngest son and the outpouring of recognition received by a recent documentary that brought worldwide attention to her story.”Harris grew up the daughter of sharecroppers in Minter City, Miss. She recalled, in a 2021 New York Times documentary, staying up past her bedtime to watch basketball, draping a quilt over herself and the TV to watch Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and her other heroes.”I wanted to grow up and have my own family, and I wanted to shoot that ball just like they were shooting,” she said. YouTubeHarris was the tallest in her class at 6 feet, 3 inches, and she remembered being teased for her height. But as soon as she started playing basketball, she began to see it as her asset. She matriculated to Delta State because — thanks to the passage of Title IX — it had a basketball program. She was the only Black member of the team and quickly became one of its stars.”One of the greatest centers ever to play women’s basketball, Lusia Harris-Stewart was big, relentless, and dominated the painted area like no woman before her,” says her entry on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame website. “During her four-year career at Delta State University … Harris-Stewart changed the face of women’s basketball. Opponents called her unstoppable but even that barely described her approach to the game.”Harris averaged 25.9 points and 14.5 rebounds per game in her 115 collegiate games, according to Delta State, and shot “an astonishing 63.3 percent from the field.” She was part of three AIAW national championship-winning teams, in 1975, 1976 and 1977. And she remains the university’s career record-holder in points (2,891) and rebounds (1,662).
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