The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors announces the 2020 Women’s Induction Class to be honored on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
|Tina (Reece) Bennett||Austin||1985|
|Kristin (Mattox) Cox||Charlestown||1992|
|Debbie (Benziger) Dudukovich||Kokomo||1994|
|Tiffany Gooden||Fort Wayne Snider||1994|
|Angela Hamblin-Blakely||Gary Lew Wallace||1994|
|Sandy Herre||Benton Central||1988|
|Danielle McCulley||Gary West||1993|
|Erika (McCoy) Robinson||Seymour||1986|
|Amy (Walker) Sundt||Bedford North Lawrence||1991|
Indiana Fever Silver Medal Award
(New Castle) – Loaded with basketball talent and tradition, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame proudly announces their 2020 women’s induction class, to be honored at the 19th annual Women’s Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
Tina (Reece) Bennett was a 1985 Indiana All-Star, setting Austin H.S. records with 478 career assists and 376 career steals, and totaling 1,596 career points while teaming with fellow Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jodie Whitaker on teams that went 88-9 with three sectional titles, three regional championships and reaching the 1985 state finals. She finished in Austin’s top three in at least 14 statistical categories also including rebounds, free throws, and field goals and averaged 22.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game as a senior. At Eastern Kentucky University, she earned all-conference and two-time academic all-conference honors, leading her teams two seasons in assists and among conference leaders in three-point field goal percentage. She is the superintendent of Clarksville Community Schools.
Amy Brauman was a 1991 Indiana All-Star, averaging 25.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, leading Brownsburg to the 1991 state finals with a 25-0 record. A member of teams that also won three sectionals, two regionals and one semi-state, the four-sport letter winner scored 1,496 career points and held 14 school records at Brownsburg. At Illinois State University, she earned Missouri Valley all-academic honors, Most Improved Player, and the Scholar Athlete Award, before completing her eligibility at Marian College, averaging 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds for their 20-6 squad. From 2007-2015, she was head coach of the Brownsburg girls basketball team, leading teams to a 120-64 record, including a 2010 Hall of Fame Classic championship and being named a 2014 Indiana All-Stars assistant coach. She is an attorney at Brauman Moore Law Offices, which she co-owns in Brownsburg.
Kristin (Mattox) Cox was a 1992 Indiana All-Star and runner-up for Miss Basketball after a decorated career at Charlestown High School. She totaled 1,414 career points and 631 rebounds on Charlestown teams that went 76-17, including three sectional titles and two regional championships and a 23-3 campaign as a senior, in which she averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game. Setting school records for season steals (117), single-game steals (12), season 3FG% (.531) and career 3FG% (.501), she was named to various all-state teams and MVP of 1991 HOF Classic. At the University of Louisville, she graduated as the 2nd all-time leading scorer with 1,737 points, as well as 670 rebounds. Leading the nation in season FT% (.921), she also set school records in career FT% (.852), season scoring average (20.6 ppg) and career three-point field goals (271). A two-time Metro all-conference selection, 1996 City of Louisville Athlete of the Year and 2009 U of L Athletics HOF inductee, her jersey was honored in 2014 with a banner hanging at the KFC YUM Center. She is now Youth & Family Sports Director for the City of Charlestown.
Debbie (Benziger) Dudukovich enjoyed tremendous individual and team success, setting school records and winning two state championships in three state finals appearances. A 1994 Indiana All-Star and honorable mention All-American, she totaled 1,439 career points and 20 Kokomo H.S. records, including 102 career games, 888 career rebounds, 39 career double-doubles and 41 career double-digit rebound games, in addition to 10 season records (points, rebounds, FG made, FT made, scoring average and rebounds average) and six single-game records, including 40 points, 16 FG made and 23 rebounds. She averaged 24.6 points and 13.2 rebounds per game as a senior for the 1994 state runners-up and averaged double-figures for the 1993 and 1992 state champion teams. A three-time all-state finals, all-semi-state, all-regional, all-sectional and all-conference selection for teams that were 97-7, she was a part of teams winning four sectionals, four regionals, three semi-states and two state titles… At Butler University, she graduated 8th in career scoring with 1,214 points and set five school records, including 167 career 3FG made, 439 career 3FG attempts, 82.6 % career FT, 100% single-game game three point field goals and still holds the 92.3% season FT record. A 1996 1st team all-MCC selection, she was named MCC Tournament MVP and was a member of three 20+ win Butler teams. Employed in education for over 20 years, she is an intervention specialist with Lakota Local Schools in Liberty Township, Ohio.
Tiffany Gooden gains Hall of Fame induction after garnering the highest of prep accolades. The 1994 Naismith National Player of the Year, Parade Magazine National Player of the Year, 1st team Kodak All-American, USA Today All-American, Indiana Miss Basketball and Indiana All-Star, she graduated as the 5th all-time leading scorer in IHSAA girls basketball history with 2,198 points at Fort Wayne Snider. A three-time high school All-American and three-time 1st team AP all-state, she averaged 28.7 points and 9.0 rebounds as a senior and totaled 859 career rebounds, 329 assists and 253 steals. Gooden still holds the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game records of 31 points in one game and 55 points over two games. At the University of Iowa, she was the 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, leading scorer of the 1995 Big Ten All-Star team, and named 1996 All-Big Ten after leading Iowa to a conference title as their leading scorer. In all, she was a part of Iowa teams to win two Big Ten titles and one Big Ten Tournament, earned two-time Academic All-Big Ten honors, participated in the Olympic Festival Team and totaled 1,024 career points. Drafted by the Colorado Explosion in the 1998 ABL Draft, she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors and graduated from University of Iowa College of Law. Since 2002 she has been an attorney, focusing on sports and entertainment and labor and employment law.
Angela Hamblin-Blakely earned All-American honors before a pro career. Earning 1994 All-American honors by Kodak, USA Today and Parade Magazine, she earned 1st team AP all-state and Indiana All-Star selection. A four-year varsity starter at Gary Lew Wallace High School, she graduated with 2,053 career points, graduating 6th in IHSAA girls basketball career points after averaging 26.2 points, 18 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 2 blocks her senior year, finishing 3rd in Miss Basketball voting. A three-year starter at the University of Iowa, she earned two-time All-Big Ten Conference honors and was named the 1997 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, leading the Hawkeyes with averages of 13.3 points and 6.8 rebounds that season. The 23rd pick of the 1998 WNBA Draft, she played with the Detroit Shock. A teacher and coach in Northwest Indiana, she has taught at Gary Schools and been a part of sectional championship coaching staffs at Lake Central and Bishop Noll high schools. She is in her 2nd season as head women’s coach of Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting.
Sandy Herre of Benton Central was the 1988 winner of IHSAA Mental Attitude Award for girls basketball. Scoring 1,000 career points, she set school records with 350 career assists, 177 steals and set a single-season record with 133 assists. A co-captain for three seasons, her teams were 86-11and won three sectionals, two regionals and one semi-state, averaging 18.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4 rebounds as the only senior on Benton Central’s 1988 state finalist team. She was named the 1988 Mini Miss Basketball by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, USA Today honorable mention All-American, a member of the 1988 AAU National Champion Lady Hoosierettes and was valedictorian of her graduating class. A three-year starter and tri-captain at University of Indianapolis, she fought through both knees being reconstructed and six total surgeries. Named the 1992 school Female Student-Athlete of the Year, she was a part of their 1993 conference champions that finished 24-3 and nationally ranked, named Mental Attitude Award winner and Academic All-American. She is in her 27th year teaching at Benton Central, and served as the school’s head girls basketball coach from 1997-2001, with a record of 71-48.
Danielle McCulley was a 1993 Indiana All-Star and AP and ICGSA 2nd team all-state selection after averaging 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior and totaling 1,206 career points in four-year career at Gary West, as well as 604 rebounds and 319 steals.
At Purdue University, she was a freshman on their 1994 Big Ten champion and NCAA Final Four team and averaged 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds as a sophomore, before a transfer. At Western Kentucky University, she averaged 12.8 points and 8.7 rebounds as a junior for and 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior to finish with four-year college career totals of 1,437 points, 894 rebounds and 186 steals in 131 games. A 1st round pick in the 1998 ABL Draft, she played with the Portland Power, eight years with FIBA International European League and stints with the WNBA Indiana Fever and Seattle Storm. Since 2013, she has been an insurance broker in Lake Stevens, Washington.
Erika (McCoy) Robinson set the Seymour career scoring record, earning 1986 Indiana All-Star honors and Converse honorable mention All-American accolades after averaging 15.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over her high school career. Totaling 1,072 points, she helped Seymour teams to a 67-23 record with four sectionals titles and a regional championship, she was three-time all-conference, three-time all-sectional and three-time all-regional. A four-year player at Butler University, she totaled 636 career points and 538 rebounds, with career-high averages of 9.0 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior. She has worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer and run three marathons.
Stacie Shepherd was the runner-up for Miss Basketball after leading Richmond to hoops success. Totaling 1,926 career points and averaging 24.8 points per game her senior season, she led Richmond to a 21-1 record, #8 state ranking and sectional and conference championships that year. She earned Indiana All-Star honors, was named a Street & Smith’s All-American, and earned four-year all-North Central Conference recognition. Shepherd set the Richmond single-game record (girls or boys) of 47 points and prior to her high school career, won the 1985 12-13 year old Elks National Hoop Shoot championship. Playing in 26 games as a freshman at Indiana University, she transferred to St. Joseph’s College in Renssalaer to complete her career. She has been a business owner of Good Life Wellness and resides in Richmond.
Amy (Walker) Sundt was a member of two state finalist teams at Bedford North Lawrence before stardom at Indiana State University. A 1991 Indiana All-Star, she was a member of BNL’s 1991 state championship and 1990 state runner-up teams, as part of three consecutive undefeated regular seasons. She was part of teams winning three sectional and conference championships, three regional and two semi-state titles and an overall record of 78-2. She averaged 15.2 points and 5.1 steals per game as a senior and was named Associated Press state finals MVP. At Indiana State University, she totaled 1,333 career points and was the first player in ISU women’s history to tally a triple-double. She averaged 19.8 points per game as a senior and held eight records in scoring and assists and led the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring in 1995. She has been employed in the medical field for the past 23 years, the last 15 with IU Health.
The Indiana Fever Silver Medal Award, including induction for contributions other than as an Indiana high school basketball player or Indiana high school basketball coach, is presented to Harold Metheny. Metheny was heavily involved in Indiana high school girls basketball through his organization and involvement in summer leagues and teams. He created the summer Baxter YMCA league for high schools that drew the top girls basketball teams from throughout Central Indiana. As part of coaching teams in the Baxter League, AAU, White River Games, Peace Games, Lutheran League, Catholic League, Municipal Gardens, Garfield Park, Fletcher Place and Riverside leagues, he provided opportunities to and coached more than three dozen players to earn college scholarships, 11 of them Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductees. Employed in education, he retired from Perry Township Schools, where he was a guidance counselor for nearly 30 years.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 19thAnnual Women’s Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The day’s events will include a free reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum that afternoon and a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. Reservations are available online now or through mail order in early 2020. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891, visit www.hoopshall.com/events or email email@example.com for more information.