WBHOF Class of 2023

by Last updated Feb 29, 2024Baron Rings


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The WBHOF Class of 2023 Enshrinement Ceremony took place on April 29, 2023. The inductees include Cathy Boswell, Donna Lopiano, Lisa Mattingly, Carolyn Peck, and Lindsay Whalen. View the Class Introduction below.

WBHOF 2023

January 13, 2024 We at Baron® express our gratitude for being included in the WBHOF Class of 2023 Enshrinement.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees were announced on November 27, 2022. The inductees include Cathy Boswell, Donna Lopiano, Lisa Mattingly, Carolyn Peck, and Lindsay Whalen.

The 2023 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony, took place on April 29, 2023, in Knoxville, TN, at the Tennessee Theatre.

The five inductees were formally honored and inducted as the 24th class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, which had its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999.

In addition to the Class of 2023, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame awarded the Trailblazer of the Game Award to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the For the Love of the Game Award to the Dust Bowl Girls.

The members of the Class of 2023 are Cathy Boswell (Veteran Player), Donna Lopiano (Contributor), Lisa Mattingly (Official), Carolyn Peck (Coach), and Lindsay Whalen (Player).

The Class of 2023 was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and received their coveted WBHOF Trophy and Hall of Fame Induction Ring by Baron® Championship Rings.

“I’m honoured to be a part of this amazing [WBHOF Class of 2023] Class, but I’m even more honoured to be inducted during this amazing time. My proudest accomplishment and most significant contribution, and probably the reason I’m on this stage today is for winning a National Championship. But it only seems appropriate to recognize the 1999 journey and who were along with me,” said Carolyn Peck.

What notable event took place during the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony in 2023?

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame celebrated the Class of 2023 during a grand Enshrinement Ceremony held on April 29, 2023, at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN.

Were there any special awards presented during the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony for the Class of 2023?

Yes, in addition to individual inductions, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame awarded the Trailblazer of the Game Award to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the For the Love of the Game Award to the Dust Bowl Girls.

Carolyn Peck shared her thoughts on being successful.

“For we all know no one is able to be successful by themselves. It’s truly a team effort. With success it all takes part with the administration, the staff, the players, the managers, practice players, fans, the media, family, and the support system,” said Carolyn Peck.

Cathy Boswell was asked about her feelings regarding the honor of being inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

“It’s just unbelievable. I am so very very honoured and I know when last year they called and said ‘Hey you’re nominated’, it totally shocked me, and then to be actually nominated this year, it’s just quite an honour.”

WBHOF Induction Process

The selection committee for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame consists of the Board of Trustees, responsible for determining the individuals to be inducted each year.

The voting process considers minimum candidate requirements, such as a notable record of performance, national or international recognition, and significant contributions to the game of women’s basketball.

WBHOF Class of 2023 Enshirment

CATHY BOSWELL
  • Member of Team USA Gold Medalists at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles
  • Two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Kodak All-American and two-time Wade Trophy finalist
  • Career standout at Illinois State University (1980-1983) finishing with 2,005 points and 1,054 rebounds

Cathy Boswell was asked about her feelings regarding the honor of being inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

DONNA LOPIANO
  • Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 1992 to 2007: Member of Fox Sports “The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports” list
  • Director of Women’s Athletics at The University of Texas from 1975-92: Women’s Teams won 18 National Championships in six different sports, including 1985-86 first Undefeated NCAA Champion (34-0) in women’s basketball, school hosted the first sold-out NCAA Women’s Final Four in 1987
  • Member of Texas and Connecticut Women’s Halls of Fame
LISA MATTINGLY
  •  38-year official: Officiated in 10 NCAA Women’s Final Four Championship Games (2001-2007, 2009, 2011, 2014) and seven semifinals (1999, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Officiated the WNBA League Championship Series from 2000-07 and the WNBA League Finals from 2002-06
  • Recipient of the 2002 Naismith Award as Outstanding Official
CAROLYN PECK
  • Head coach at Purdue University (1997-99): The Orlando Miracle (1999-01), and the University of Florida (2002-07)
  • Purdue’s 1999 NCAA National Championship still is the only Big Ten team to win a title in the sport
  • Named 1998-99 USBWA Coach of the Year, WBCA Coach of the Year, AP College Basketball Coach of the Year, and the Naismith College Coach of the Year
LINDSAY WHALEN
  •  In her four years, Minnesota compiled an 80-43 (.650) record, including 72-23 (.758) in her final three seasons (2002, 2003, 2004): One of only three sophomores in conference history to earn Big Ten Player of the Year honors (2002)
  • Four-time WNBA World Championship Team member (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017): All-WNBA First Team in 2008, 2011, and 2013…five-time WNBA All-Star (2006, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Two-time Team USA Gold Medalist in 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games: Member of Team USA 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Champions, Led Team USA to gold medals at the 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women (U21) and 2002 FIBA World Championship for Young Women Qualifying Tournament (U20)
Trailblazer of the Game – WBCA

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is a membership-driven organization, which encompasses more than 3,000 coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of the sport – from scholastic and non-scholastic youth to collegiate to the WNBA.

The association is dedicated to supporting its members and fostering the development of women’s and girls’ basketball through the provision of educational programs, networking opportunities, information and news updates, legislative and rules notifications, and serving as the unified voice of its membership to the NCAA and other governing bodies in the sport.

For the Love of the Game – Dust Bowl Girls

The Dust Bowl Girls capture a moment in American history when female athletes faced incredible scrutiny, and when a struggling nation most needed inspiration and hope.

Through sacrifice, determination, teamwork, and heart, this unlikely group led by a resourceful coach beat the odds, achieving much more than a championship season.

WBHOF Class of 2023

Baron® Championship Rings is the official supplier of Hall of Fame Rings for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame celebrated the Class of 2023 in a spectacular Enshrinement Ceremony held on April 29, 2023, at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN.

The inductees, Cathy Boswell, Donna Lopiano, Lisa Mattingly, Carolyn Peck, and Lindsay Whalen, were formally honored as the 24th class, joining the prestigious league of Women’s Basketball Legends.

In addition to individual honours, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame recognized the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) with the Trailblazer of the Game Award and the Dust Bowl Girls with the For the Love of the Game Award.

Each inductee, with remarkable achievements in their respective categories, was celebrated for their significant contributions to the sport.

The ceremony also highlighted the rigorous selection process overseen by the Board of Trustees, emphasizing notable records, national recognition, and substantial contributions to women’s basketball.

Congratulations to the inductees of the WBHOF Class of 2023! We appreciate and acknowledge your numerous accomplishments within the basketball community.

Baron® is the Official Ring Supplier to the WBHOF

Baron® Championship Rings is the Official Championship Ring provider to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, providing the Hall of Fame Rings presented each year to new inductees into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Inductee Ring signifies the inductee’s stories of achievement and represents a trophy that they can wear daily.

Each WBHOF Hall of Fame Ring is designed with the induction category, year of induction, and inductee name. Baron® Championship Rings preserves the memory of induction for a lifetime.

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