Lynette Woodard became the first woman to ever play for a men's professional basketball team when she signed with the Harlem Globetrotters in October 1985. The six-foot guard was a four-time Kodak All-American (1978-81) and two-time GTE Academic All-American at the University of Kansas, where she averaged 26.3 points per game during her college career. Woodard is also the all-time leading scorer in women’s college basketball with 3,649 points.
Woodard captained the 1984 United States Olympic team that captured the gold medal in Los Angeles, CA. She went on the play in the inaugural season of the WNBA for the Cleveland Rockers during the summer of 1997 and was selected by the Detroit Shock in the 1998 WNBA expansion draft. Woodard was presented with a Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Ring in 1996. She went on to be a twice inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first with the Harlem Globetrotters team in 2002 and individually in September 2004.
In December 2022, Lynette re-joined the Globetrotters as Special Advisor to the President, and is joined by the largest female roster in Globetrotters history!
THE FIRST LADY: LYRICAL LYNETTE
INSPIRATION FOR SONG BY WYNTON MARSALIS
NAISMITH BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
FIRST FEMALE PLAYER
BLACK LEGEND'S PROFESSIONAL HALL OF FAME
U.S OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL
CAPTAIN OF THE 1984 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
THE WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME
KODAK ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
AWARDED 4 TIMES IN 4 YEARS
AFRICAN AMERICAN HALL OF FAME
NCAA INCLUSION LEGACY CELEBRATION RECIPIENT
NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME
AMELIA EARHART PIONEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
STATE OF KANSAS HALL OF FAME
MOST PROLIFIC SCORER IN WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL
3,649 CAREER POINTS
TRIPLE CROWN WINNER
HONDA BRODERICK AWARD
NCAA TOP FIVE AWARD - 1st Female Awarded