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NCAAW Basketball – 1986 – Womens Finals – Texas Lady Longhorns Vs USC Women Of Troy – 2nd Half

DOG COMMENTARY: 

The first thought was perfection. There will be a champion crowned every year, but the undefeated champions will form an eliteroup.”         

In 1986, Texas Women’s Basketball made history. The Longhorns defeated Southern California in the national championship game, finishing the season at 34-0 to become the first team in NCAA history to complete a perfect season.           

Head coach Jody Conradt’s words following the victory have proven prophetic….cuz only two other programs have ever matched the Longhorns’ unblemished excellence….Tennessee and Connecticut…. and on the 25th anniversary of that historic season….on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2010….members of the championship team were honored during UT’s game against Colorado….so, we at ImaSportsphile decided to reflect on the personalities and performances that shaped the Lady Longhorns in that historic 1985-86 roster….and what those individuals went on to accomplish after departing the Forty Acres

Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil

Clarissa Davis came off the bench as a freshman to become the NCAA Tournament MVP. She was UT’s second-leading scorer at 13.5 points per game and top rebounder at 7.7 per game. In the Longhorns’ seven postseason games, Davis scored in double figures six times and rebounded in double figures four times. She went on to play professionally in the ABL and WNBA….then went on to serve as Chief Operations Officer for the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars….and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.


Michelle Eglinger

Michele Eglinger was a sophomore who appeared in 20 games during the season. She received her exercise physiology degree in 1989….and later received a master’s in healthcare from Regis University. She lives in Tomball, Texas, and is the Executive Director of Personnel and Patient Care for Cole Healthcare….while also working as a women’s college basketball official.


Kamie Ethridge

Kamie Ethridge was Jody Conradt’s floor leader….who averaged 5.2 assists for the Lady Horns….who played every minute of the championship game against USC and totaled 10 assists and three steals….as seen in this video herewith. She was the consensus player of the year and was also honored with the Honda Broderick Cup Award as the Collegiate Women’s Athlete of the Year. She is now a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and is associate head women’s basketball coach at Kansas State University.


Pennee Hall

Pennee Hall transferred from Louisiana Tech and was not eligible to compete in 1985-86 due to NCAA transfer guidelines. She is now an associate athletic director and head girls basketball coach at Livingston High School in Livingston, Texas.


Fran Harris

Fran Harris started every game and was the Longhorns’ leading scorer at 13.8 points a game. During the national semifinal against Western Kentucky….Harris scored 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting. She was named to the Southwest Conference All-Decade Team (1980s)….and is a member of UT Women’s Hall of Honor. Harris received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from UT….and currently lives in Dallas, Texas….where she is the CEO of Fran Harris Enterprises, LLC and Fran Harris Basketball.


Gay Hemphill

Gay Hemphill was a senior in 1985-86….who played nine minutes in the championship game against USC….and scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. Her .619 season field goal percentage still ranks as the best in UT’s womens basketball history. She went on to work as a teacher in New York City at the independent school of Ethical Culture School…. while running her own after-school basketball program called “Hemphill’s Hoopster’s.” She played professional basketball in Italy.


C.J. Jones

C.J. Jones battled a foot injury that limited her playing time for the Longhorns. She came off the bench to appear in 24 games….and saw action in all but one of UT’s NCAA Tournament games. She went on to play professional basketball in Italy.


Andrea Lloyd

Andrea Lloyd was one of the Longhorns’ top rebounders, averaging 7.5 a game. She finished with 14 points and four rebounds in the NCAA Mideast Regional championship game against Oklahoma. A three-time All-American….Lloyd graduated in 1987 with a sociology degree….and currently lives in Idaho Springs, Colorado….where she works as an independent contractor as a color analyst for men’s and women’s basketball….and is a summer volunteer firefighter in Lake McMurray, Washington.


Paulette Moegle

Paulette Moegle appeared in 12 games in a reserve role,….but was known for her shooting ability….as she hit 57.9 percent from the field….while scoring a season-high 14 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting against Miami on Feb. 17, 1986….and Paulette would then captain the 1987-88 team. She passed away in April 1997 following a car accident in Arlington, Texas.


Cara Priddy

Cara Priddy set the tone for the Longhorns’ victory against USC….when in the dressing room before tip-off when she mused to no one in particular….“What am I going to wear to the White House after we win?”….plus Priddy did her part by scoring 15 points with five rebounds against the Women of Troy. She averaged 4.9 points and 2.1 rebounds that year as a senior.


Audrey Smith

Audrey Smith was noted as UT’s fastest player….which was a trait that served her well defensively….but an injury limited her play during the NCAA Tournament. She graduated in 1987 with an education degree. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas at the Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center.


Annette Smith-Knight

Annette Smith returned from a devastating knee injury to shoulder the Longhorns to the national title….as she averaged 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds to cap a heroic UT career. Her 2,523 career points rank Annette as the all-time leading scorer in Texas Womens Basketball history….and a 2002 UT Women’s Hall of Honor inductee….who currently works as the community service coordinator for UT Athletics. An All-American and two-time Southwest Conference Player of the Year….Annette Smith was inducted into the UT Women’s Hall of Honor in 2002….and the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2006….after graduating from UT in 1986 with a degree in speech communication.


Beverly Williams

Beverly Williams earned notice as the unsung hero during UT’s championship run. As the team’s third-leading scorer….as she was both consistent and athletic….who scored in double-figures in UT’s final 15 games….while averaging almost 15 points a game during postseason play. An All-American, Williams was inducted into the UT Women’s Hall of Honor in 2004….who played professionally overseas and with the ABL and WNBA. She works at her high school alma mater, Del Valle High School as a private basketball trainer and coach.


Yulonda Wimbish-North

Yulonda Wimbish claimed fame as the first left-handed player recruited to UT by Jody Conradt….who was known for her swiftness and shooting accuracy….while averaging 6.3 points as one of the first reserves off the bench during postseason play….plus she was one of five Longhorns to score in double figures in the championship game. She graduated in 1988 with a communications degree….who currently lives in Victoria, Texas where she teaches and coaches at Victoria East High School.

Any way you cut the pie….this 1986 Lady Longhorn National Championship team was something very special….and any time folks get a chance to watch them play….it leaves little doubt as to how talented the team really was.

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