Lusia “Lucy” Harris-Stewart stopped by campus Thursday and met with President Emeritus Kent Wyatt (back, left), Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers and President LaForge.
According to the Basketball Hall of Fame, of which she is a member, Harris-Stewart is one of the greatest centers ever to play women’s basketball. She was big, relentless, and dominating in the paint. During her four-year career at Delta State, where she played under Hall of Fame coach Margaret Wade, Harris-Stewart changed the face of women’s basketball. Opponents called her unstoppable. She scored 2,981 career points (25.9 ppg), grabbed 1,662 rebounds (14.4 rpg), and graduated with 15 of 18 Delta State team, single game and career records. She led Delta State to a 109-6 record and three straight AIAW National Championships. Harris-Stewart was a member of the first-ever women’s silver medal Olympic team in 1976, and held the distinction of being the team’s leading scorer and leading rebounder.