Lynette Woodard became the first woman to ever play for the Harlem Globetrotters when she signed with the team prior to the 1985 season. She played with the Globetrotters until 1987 before joining a professional team in Italy. The six-foot guard also played professionally in Japan for three seasons (1990-93). Woodard was a four-time All-American (1978-81) at the University of Kansas, where she averaged 26.3 points per game during her college career.
The cousin of Globetrotter “Legend” Hubert "Geese" Ausbie, Woodard was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 1989 and was a member of the 1984 United States Olympic team that captured the gold medal. Woodard played for the Cleveland Rockers of the WNBA during the summer of 1997 and was selected by the Detroit Shock in the 1998 WNBA expansion draft by then Shock Head Coach and General Manager Nancy Lieberman-Cline, a former member of the Washington Generals. Woodard was presented with a Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Ring in 1996 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2004.
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