CFISD alumna inducted into Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame

September 27, 2018

CFISD alumna inducted into Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame
Cy-Fair High School alumna and former Bobcats basketball star Lindsey Harding speaks during her induction into the Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 21 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

By Mackenzie Kody, Cy-Fair HS

Sept. 27, 2018—Cy-Fair High School alumna and former Bobcats basketball star Lindsey Harding was inducted into the Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 21, joining seven other honorees – marking the largest class since the inaugural induction in 1975 – at a ceremony at the historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.

This is the latest accolade for Harding, adding to an impressive résumé that includes titles and championships, numerous awards and other honors. The recognition comes on the heels of Harding becoming only the second former WNBA player to be hired for a full-time scouting position with an NBA team after she joined the Philadelphia 76ers in August.

: Cy-Fair High School alumna Lindsey Harding (second from left) poses with three of her former basketball coaches during a reception at the Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony.
Cy-Fair High School alumna Lindsey Harding (second from left) poses with three of her former basketball coaches during a reception at the Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony. Posing with Harding are (from left) former Los Angeles Sparks head coach Carol Ross, former Duke University head coach Gail Goestenkors and Cy-Fair girls’ basketball coach Ann Roubique. (Photo courtesy Duke University Athletic Department)

Harding also excelled academically at Cy-Fair, which was a contributing factor in her decision to attend Duke following her high school graduation in 2002.

“I loved basketball from an early age and I wanted to use that to get the best education,” Harding explained in her speech at the induction ceremony.

And she did exactly that. In 2007, Harding was the recipient of the Mary Garber Award, which is an honor presented to the top female student-athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Harding has impressed on the basketball court since her time in CFISD. She received all-district first-team honors all four years playing for the Bobcats, averaging 25 points and 8.9 rebounds per game during an All-American senior year.

: Cy-Fair High School alumna and former Bobcats basketball star Lindsey Harding (third from right) joins six other honorees who were inducted into the Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame
Cy-Fair High School alumna and former Bobcats basketball star Lindsey Harding (third from right) joins six other honorees who were inducted into the Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 21 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Harding was an All-American standout at Cy-Fair who later was named the National College Player of the Year in 2007 and selected No. 1 overall in the WNBA draft. (Photo courtesy Duke University Athletic Department)

“It was apparent – very early – that she was a special, special player,” said longtime Cy-Fair varsity basketball coach Ann Roubique, who attended the ceremony. “Her gift of athleticism, basketball skill and knowledge of the game was beyond anything we had ever had here at Cy-Fair up to that point for me as a coach.”

In her speech, Harding thanked Roubique, saying “You pushed me, you expected 100 percent and you really prepared me for the next level. Because of the solid foundation, you helped me become the player I was in college.”

At Duke, Harding continued to excel on the court, starting with an opening season in which she was named to the all-ACC Freshman team and was a leading candidate for 2002-2003 ACC Rookie of the Year.

Four years later, Harding was both the Naismith and ESPN.com National College Player of the Year and the top overall selection by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2007 WNBA Draft. Following a playing career both in the WNBA and overseas, Harding retired in 2017 and completed the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associates Program, which opened the door for her eventually landing with the 76ers.

In addition to joining Duke’s Athletics Hall of Fame, the university retired her No. 10 jersey in 2008. The year before, Cy-Fair retired her No. 12 jersey.

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