COLUMBUS, Ohio — Buckeye great Katie Smith has been spreading the good news of women’s basketball and the city of Columbus this week during the NCAA Women’s Final Four but on Saturday, she received some good news of her own as she was named to the 2018 Naismith Hall of Fame class.
Smith will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the group’s enshrinement weekend on September 6-8, 2018 in Springfield, Mass.
A native of Logan, Ohio, Smith played for the Buckeyes from 1992-1996 where she led Ohio State to a national runner-up finish in 1993 and was named Big Ten Player of the Year (1996). Smith scored 2,578 career points which is third in school history and in 2001, she was the first female Buckeye athlete to have her number retired.
With the ABL’s Columbus Quest, Smith was a two-time ABL All-Star (1997, 1998) and two-time ABL Champion (1997, 1998). In the WNBA, Smith was selected as an All-Star seven times (2000-2003, 2005, 2006, 2009), a WNBA Finals MVP (2008) and was named to the WNBA’s Top 20 at 20 in 2016. Smith is and two-time WNBA Champion with the Detroit Shock (2006, 2008). Smith is one of the most decorated players in the history of women’s basketball, retiring following the 2013 season as the all-time leading scorer in women’s professional basketball history with 7,885 points, and she ranked second all-time in the WNBA with 6,452 points.
As a member of USA Basketball, Smith earned FIBA World Championship gold in 1998 and 2002, and Olympic gold in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Last fall, Smith was named the head coach of the N.Y. Liberty and will begin her head coaching career later this month.
Smith, who will be inducted in her first year of eligibility is joined in the class by Tina Thompson, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Dino Radja, Charlie Scott, Rod Thorn, Ora Mae Washington and Rick Welts.