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Anne Gregory O'Connell to be Inducted into New York City Basketball Hall of Fame

Release: 07/17/2017
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NEW YORK – The 2017 New York City Basketball Hall of Fame class has been announced and Fordham women's basketball legend and Hall of Famer member, Anne Gregory O'Connell, is among a seven-person group to be inducted on September 27 at the New York Athletic Club, the 28th annual iteration of the event. Also being inducted that night will be Lamar Odom, Ron Behagen, Jackie Jackson, Larry Lembo, Kevin Stacom, and coach Steve Lappas. Bob Williams, the Hall of Fame's president and co-founder will be honored with the Trustees Award, as well.
 
O'Connell was more than prolific during her four years on Rose Hill, racking up an astounding 2,548 career points and pulling down 1,999 career rebounds from 1976-1980. She ranks first in the history books in several categories, including points, rebounds, field goals (982), field goal percentage (.568), free throws (584), rebounding average (15.7), and blocks (200). She also holds the single-season records in five of those categories, including 23.7 boards per game as a freshman.
 
Playing her collegiate basketball before NCAA sponsorship of the sport began on the women's side in the 1981-1982 season, Gregory ranks first all-time in the pre-NCAA/AIAW career rebounding list and 24th on the career scoring list.
 
Prior to Courtney Paris of Oklahoma breaking the 2,000 rebound mark in 2009, O'Connell ranked as the leading rebounder in women's college basketball history.
 
O'Connell was also the first woman inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986, and in 2009, she watched her number raised to the rafters of the Rose Hill Gym as the first female athlete in Fordham history to have her number retired.
 
In 2014, O'Connell was part of the Atlantic 10's inaugural class of Women's Basketball Legends.

 
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