EKU to honor women's basketball great Lisa Goodin and first NCAA tournament team
Eastern Kentucky University will recognize one of its all-time great women’s basketball teams and one of its most accomplished players on a new Wall of Honor at upcoming games.
On Jan. 27, EKU will recognize Lisa Goodin at its game against Jacksonville State.
The 1996-97 squad will be honored at the Feb. 13 game against Tennessee State. Each will be recognized uniquely on the new Wall of Honor located on the east side of McBrayer Arena near the video board.
“This is the next step in our goal to reconnect with our former student-athletes and honor those teams and individuals whose accomplishments brought great distinction to Eastern Kentucky University,” Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller said. “We look forward to having these women back on campus to recognize them on these two nights, and to permanently honor their contributions on our Wall of Honor.”
In addition to honoring the 1996-97 team on Feb. 13, all former women’s basketball players and coaches are invited back to campus for Alumni Weekend and will be recognized at the game.
Goodin, who played for Eastern from 1980 to 1984, is the all-time leading scorer in EKU women’s basketball history with 1,920 career points. The guard from Austin, Indiana is second in program history in field goals made, free throws made and free throw percentage (87.4 percent). She is fifth in assists (374) and 10th in steals (182).
A sharpshooter with consistent accuracy, she led the NCAA in free throw percentage as both a freshman (.897) and junior (.910).
Goodin earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors all fours years of her collegiate career and was later named to the All-Time Ohio Valley Conference Team. She was chosen as a first team honoree in 1983 and a second team selection in 1981, 1982 and 1984. Goodin was also picked for the OVC All-Tournament Team during her senior season. That year, 1983-84, she led the team in scoring with 15.5 points per game.
The 1996-97 team won a school record 24 games, finishing 24-6. The Colonels went 16-2 in OVC play and captured the regular season title, just the second-ever for Eastern Kentucky. Under the direction of head coach Larry Joe Inman, the Colonels won their first-ever OVC Tournament championship with a 69-65 victory over Tennessee Tech. EKU used a late 8-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a 66-60 lead.
Eastern went on to face Georgia in the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Current EKU Head Coach Chrissy Roberts led the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game. She hit on 46 percent of her shots from the field and 49 percent from three-point range. Laphelia Doss contributed 12.5 points and a team-best 8.7 rebounds per game. Both Roberts and Doss, along with Inman, are members of the Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Roberts and Doss scored 18 and 14 points respectively against No. 2 seed and sixth ranked Georgia in the NCAA Tournament.