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Players selected for ODU Hall of Fame

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NORFOLK, VA–The 2008 Old Dominion University sports Hall of Fame induction class features a Honda Award winner in field hockey, a women’s basketball All-American, a three-time sailing All-American, a men’s basketball standout from the late 1960’s and a four-time CAA Swimmer of the Year. The 2008 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and Athletic Honors Banquet will be held Tuesday, April 29th at the Constant Convocation Center.

This year’s class includes Mimi Smith (Field Hockey), Nyree Roberts (Women’s .Basketball), Mary Kay Bolduc (Swimming and Diving), Heather Pescatello (Sailing) and Bob Pritchett (Men’s Basketball).

Mimi Smith was named the 1999 Honda Award winner as the nation’s top field hockey player, and the second African American to win the award. She helped lead the Lady Monarchs to the 1998 NCAA national title. The two-time All-American was a third team selection in 1997 and a first team selection in 1998. Smith was named to the NCAA All-Tournament squad in 1997. As a freshman, she was the 1995 CAA Rookie of the Year and as a senior, she was named CAA Defender of the Year. Smith ranks among ODU’s top ten with 50 career assists, and earned a spot on the U.S. National team. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.. Mimi earned a BA of Science in psychology from ODU. Smith’s high school coach Yogi Hightower-Boothe was ODU’s first Honda Award winner and first African American to win the award. Smith currently works in the Philadelphia Family Courthouse helping delinquent and dependent youth in residential facilities.

Nyree Roberts was one of the major cogs in leading the Lady Monarch basketball program to the NCAA finals in 1997 and two NCAA “Sweet 16” appearances. Roberts finished her career as ODU’s eighth all-time scorer with 1,854 career points and second on the same list in CAA history. She finished seventh all-time at ODU and fifth all-time in the CAA in career rebounds with 986. The 6-4 Roberts led the CAA in scoring (20.2), field goal percentage (.632), and rebounding (12.0) as a senior in 1998. That year, she was named CAA Player of the Year. As a junior, Roberts ranked third nationally in field goal percentage at .652 (257-394). Roberts earned CAA All-Tournament honors four straight years, she was named second team All-American by the Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Journal in 1998, and honorable mention by AP in 1997. She was a second round selection of Houston in the 1998 WNBA draft. and is currently playing professionally in Greece for Paghiakos. Roberts graduated from ODU with a degree in elementary education.



Written by Symphony

April 13, 2008 at 8:10 pm

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