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Katie Smith, Tina Thompson among 10 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame finalists

12 January 2018

UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey, left, was named a finalist for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

The Hall of Fame class will be announced on February 12 with Dailey looking to become the fifth person with UConn ties to be part of the last 13 induction classes.

Smith and Tina Thompson, also named to the list of finalists, finished their WNBA careers among the top five in the history of the league in win shares.

The list also recognizes a number of coaches, including the remarkable Chris Dailey, longtime assistant at CT, and Mickie DeMoss, integral contributor at Tennessee.

UConn had one winning season when Auriemma and Dailey took over in 1985, and the Huskies won their first national title in their 10th season coaching, going 35-0 in 1995. When the Class of 2018 is officially inducted in Knoxville, TN on June 9, more than 160 individuals will have been inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

March/April 2018: Introduce Class of 2018 and 2018 Trailblazer Award recipient at media events conducted at the 2018 NCAA Women's Final Four (Columbus, OH).

Elena Baranova, who competed internationally for 22 years in Russian Federation and played seven seasons in the WNBA between 1997 and 2005.

Breanna Stewart, left, hugs associate head coach Chris Dailey.

Rose Marie Battaglia, who coached high school and junior-college basketball for 38 years (at times simultaneously) in New Jersey. She made four NJCAA final four appearances, and coached Anne Donovan in high school.

The team's recruiting coordinator, Dailey has also helped bring in 22 players who have been honored as first-team All-Americans 41 times. She was a four-time Big Eight Coach of the Year with the Buffaloes, and is now an athletic administrator at Colorado. Inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. She was the WNBA's No. 1 draft pick by Washington in 1999.

Chamique Holdsclaw is an all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Tennessee and led the Lady Vols to three national championships.

KATIE SMITH (U.S. Player) - Three-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (2000, 2004, 2008). Two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American (1993 & 1996) and Big Ten Player of the Year (1996) while at Ohio State. She finished her 17-season WNBA career in 2013 with 7,488 points, second most in league history behind Diana Taurasi, and 3,070 rebounds.

Valerie Still: The two-time All-American is Kentucky's career leader for scoring (2,763 points) and rebounds (1,525).

After 12 seasons in Houston, the Los Angeles native returned to her hometown in 2009 as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks. Boyette recently completed her second season in the WNBA with the Atlanta Dream in 2017.

Katie Smith, Tina Thompson among 10 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame finalists