Former Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw and longtime UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey are among the 10 finalists for the 2018 induction class at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2018 selections will be announced February 12, during the Louisville at CT game, and induction will take place on June 9.
Smith and Tina Thompson, also named to the list of finalists, finished their WNBA careers among the top five in the history of the league in win shares.
The Class of 2018 will announced on February 12, introduced at the NCAA Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, and formally inducted during a ceremony on June 9 at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. Auriemma was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. They have led the Huskies to 29 straight NCAA tournament appearances including 18 trips to the Final Four.
Chris Dailey, who has been by Geno Auriemma's side for all 11 national-championship runs by the UConn women's basketball team, was named as a finalist for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
Longtime New Jersey coach Rose Marie Battaglia is the 10th finalist. She became the WNBA's all-time leading scorer on August 8, 2010, scoring her 6,264th career point to pass Lisa Leslie - a former teammate of Thompson's at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. She was both an assistant and head coach during her many stints coaching in college.
In each of her first seasons at UT, the Longhorns finished second among Big 12 Conference teams in rebounding margin, out-rebounding opponents by an average of 9.9 boards per game over the previous two years. Helped develop 19 Huskies into First Team All-Americans and eight National Players of the Year. Inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. She was a WNBA all-star in 2001.
Valerie Still, who is Kentucky's all-time leading scorer (2,763) and rebounder (1,525). Ranks third all-time at Auburn University in scoring with 2,035 career points, leading Auburn to two NCAA Women's Final Fours (1988 & 1989). The three former WNBA stars were eligible for the first time this year.
After 12 seasons in Houston, the Los Angeles native returned to her hometown in 2009 as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks. A list of 20 finalists will be announced in February with the victor being announced when the regional finals in the NCAA tournament are being played. In 2015-16, Boyette became the first player in program history to reach the combined milestone of 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 200 career blocks. Boyette recently completed her second season in the WNBA with the Atlanta Dream in 2017.