- Associated Press - Friday, June 12, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - This year is proving doubly rewarding for Lisa Leslie.

The three-time WNBA most valuable player and four-time Olympic gold medalist will enter the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Three months later, the former Southern California and Los Angeles Sparks star will enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

This year’s induction class for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame also includes former Houston Comets and Brazilian national team star Janeth Arcain, former Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, former Duke and Texas coach Gail Goestenkors, former Georgia star Janet Harris and former Oregon high school coach Brad Smith.

Budke, who was killed in a plane crash in 2011, is the first person to be inducted posthumously since Ora Washington in 2009.


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