Former Tiger Bolton-Holifield named to Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted by: Matthew Russell

AUBURN, AL - An Auburn basketball alumnus is to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Ruthie Bolton-Holifield is a McLain, Mississippi native who was apart of one of the great Lady Tiger basketball teams.

From 1986-1989m Bolton-Holifield helped the Tigers to combined record of 119-13, three SEC championships, an NCAA tournament appearance in all four years, and two runner-up finishes. Bolton-Holifield still holds the Auburn record for most games played (132), starts in a season (35) and steals in a game (10). She is 21st on Auburn's all-time scoring list and fifth all time in assists.

After an incredible career at Auburn, Bolton-Holifield went on to play 15-years in the WNBA, along the way winning two Olympic gold medals and being a WNBA All-Star. She was the WNBA's first Player of the Week in July of 1997 and was the 1991 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the year.  She is fourth on the WNBA's all-time 3-pointer list and is the only player in the history of the Sacramento Monarchs to have her number retired.

Bolton-Holifield is the first Auburn player to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn Athletics Dept.

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