NORFOLK, Va. (ODUsports.com) – Old Dominion head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones is one of 12 finalists for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022, the organization announced late Thursday night. Milton-Jones has found success at every stop of her decorated basketball career.
“I am humbly honored to be recognized as a finalist for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Milton-Jones. “It would be the icing on the cake of my amazing career in the game I love dearly. What a great group of powerful pioneers of the game to be among. I am really grateful to you!”
Milton-Jones is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, did so in 2000 and 2008 and missed out on the 2004 Games due to injury. She also won a couple of WNBA titles, helping the Los Angeles Sparks return in 2001 and 2002. has since been broken up by fellow great Sue Bird. Milton-Jones was a WNBA All-Star in 2000 and 2007 and represented the U.S. Olympic team at The Game at Radio City in 2004, an exhibition between the U.S. Olympic team and a roster of WNBA stars who took the place of a traditional all-rounder. – star game. In total, Milton-Jones played for Atlanta, New York, Washington and San Antonio, in addition to Los Angeles. Her 5,571 career points rank 16th in WNBA history. She also made stops in Spain, Italy, Turkey, South Korea, the Czech Republic and Russia to play professionally.
Milton-Jones was the second overall pick in the 1997 ABL Draft and then fourth overall pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft, after an accolade-laden collegiate career in Florida. As a senior, she won the Wade Trophy as the best player in women’s basketball in 1996-97 and received First Team All-American honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the Associated Press and Basketball Times. Milton-Jones was SEC Player of the Year in 1997 and was voted First Team All-SEC. She was also named Most Outstanding Player of the Mideast Regional of 1997, leading the Gators to the Elite Eight and an iconic game with eventual national runner-up Monarchs. She also received first team honors in 1996, was an honorary member of the second team in 1995, and made the all-freshman team in 1994. In 2007, she was inducted into the Florida Gator Hall of Fame.
Her coaching career began in 2005, when she was named interim coach of the Los Angeles Stars mid-season. At the time, Milton-Jones was only the second woman to coach a professional men’s team. Milton-Jones took over the Pepperdine women’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season and led the Waves to one of their best-ever seasons in 2018-19 with a record 22-10 and an appearance in the WNIT Sweet 16. wins were the most since 2002 and 12 more than the season before. The WNIT bid was the first postseason tournament appearance in program history.
Milton-Jones took control of the storied Old Dominion program ahead of the 2019-20 season and led the Monarchs through turbulent times in her first season. ODU won seven of its last nine games that season and reached the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament as a shorthanded but determined number six. The Monarchs are currently 13-3 in its sophomore season.
Milton-Jones as finalists for the 2022 class are Debbie Antonelli (contributor), Alice “Cookie” Barron (veteran player), Evelyn Blalock (coach), Cathy Boswell (player), Doug Bruno (coach), Becky Hammon (player), Donna Lopiano (contributor), Lisa Mattingly (official), Paul Sanderford (coach), Bob Schneider (coach), and Penny Taylor (international player). The Class of 2022 will be selected from the 12 finalists and announced Feb. 14 during the game in Maryland in Iowa on ESPN2 (9:00 p.m. ET).