Tuesday, January 17th 2017

Blalock announced as finalist for National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Legendary former Kilgore College women’s basketball coach Evelyn Blalock was announced Jan. 16 as one of 12 finalists for induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors will vote Feb. 12 to select the final six candidates for induction.

If selected, Blalock, a native of Hallsville (TX), will be inducted posthumously June 9-10 at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

Blalock, who died at age 72 in 2011, began the Lady Rangers’ basketball program in 1979 and won three national championships as head coach at KC for 18 seasons.

At KC, Blalock compiled a 408-166 record, winning national titles in 1988, 1990 and 1993.

Under Blalock’s leadership, the Lady Rangers won six Region XIV conference championships and qualified for the national tournament three other times in 1986, 1987 and 1991.

She was inducted into the NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999, inducted into the KC Hall of Fame in 2002 and named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Junior/Community College National Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1990.

The other 11 finalists for the 2017 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame include Sheryl Swoopes, Yelena Baranova, Rose Marie Battaglia, Sally Bell, Joan Bonvicini, Nora Lynn Finch, Christine Grant, Rick Insell, Louise O’Neal, Crystal Robinson and Kara Wolters.

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PHOTO ABOVE:  Head Coach Evelyn Blalock (far right) celebrates with the 1990 Lady Rangers after winning the NJCAA National Championship.  The Lady Rangers were 35-2 overall that season.