June 14, 2014
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OXFORD, Miss. – Saturday night was induction night for several former members of the Ole Miss women’s basketball program as former head coach Lin Dunn was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., and former Rebels Van Chancellor, Renee Ladner and the late Eugenia Conner where inducted into the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame as members of the inaugural class.
Dunn, who led the Rebels from 1977-78, is the fourth Rebel to enter the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame joining Chancellor (2001), Jennifer Gillom (2009) and Peggie Gillom-Granderson (2013). Dunn’s induction marks the second consecutive Hall of Fame class that includes a Rebel. Former Ole Miss player, Peggie Gillom-Granderson, was inducted in the Class of 2013.
Dunn led the Rebels to a 25-15 mark in 1977-78 while being named the Mississippi Coach of the Year. Dunn, who also served as head coach at Austin Peay, Miami and Purdue, was a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, and boasts a .645 winning percentage and holds over 400 career wins at the collegiate level.
The Rebels were well represented in the inaugural class of the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame, as three with women’s basketball ties were inducted on Saturday night at the Lyman Community Center in Gulfport. Legendary women’s basketball coach Chancellor, who coached high school at Harrison Central, with stops at Ole Miss and with the Houston Comets, joined former Rebel player and head coach Ladner and the late Conner as members of the inaugural class.
Ladner, who coached at St. John high school, played for the Rebels and also coached the team from 2007-2012 while Conner played for Ole Miss from 1981-85. Conner prepped at Harrison Central and still holds the Ole Miss record for most rebounds in a game with 24 against Western Kentucky.
It’s not too early to get your tickets for the 2014-15 season. For women’s basketball ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587.). For all Ole Miss women’s basketball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWBB, Facebook at Ole Miss WBB and on Instagram at Ole Miss_WBB. Fans can also follow Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Matt Insell on Twitter at @minsell