Ladies‘s basketball | Ohio State‘s Katie Smith named finalist for one more corridor of fame

Andrew Erickson The Columbus Dispatch

It has been a hall of fame kind of week for Katie Smith.

The former Ohio State women‘s basketball player and two-time ABL and WNBA champion on Saturday was named one of 13 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The announcement comes less than a week after Smith was named one of the 2018 inductees into the Women‘s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Smith, a Logan, Ohio, native, helped Ohio State to its only NCAA title game appearance during the 1992-93 season, won two championships each with the ABL‘s Columbus Quest and the WNBA‘s Detroit Shock and was an Olympic gold medalist in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Smith, 43, joined the WNBA‘s New York Liberty as an assistant coach in 2014 before being named coach last October.

>> Photos: Katie Smith‘s career through the years

The star-studded list of nominees includes Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Grant Hill, Chris Webber, Tina Thompson, coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, coach Rudy Tomjanovich, referee Hugh Evans and the Wayland Baptist University women‘s basketball team.

Inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame will be announced March 31 at the Final Four in San Antonio.


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