Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
University of New Orleans
Carvie Upshaw was the leader of the UNO women’s basketball team during its most successful stretch in history (1985-89). During her four years, the Privateers won 82 games (more than any other four-year stretch), including a pair of 25-win seasons (best in school history), advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the only time in school history (1986-87) and also had a third-place finish in the NIT (one of two NIT bids). Upshaw was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Louisiana player as she recorded 1,759 points (still third all-time at UNO), 1,124 rebounds (still No. 1 at UNO) and 492 blocked shots (also No. 1, would rank No. 4 in NCAA history but the NCAA did not recognize blocks until 1988). As a sophomore in 1986-87, Upshaw had 18.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game to lead the Privateers to a 25-7 record and their only NCAA appearance. A Freshman All-American in 1986, she earned overall All-America honors in 1987 (honorable mention) and 1989 (third team). The six-foot five-inch Upshaw also ranks second at UNO in career field goals (723), second in career field goal percentage (.556) and third in career scoring average (14.8). On the single-season charts, she ranks first in rebounds (341 in 1986-87), blocks (158 in 1986-87 which would rank No. 2 in NCAA history) and field-goal percentage (.619 in 1986-87). She owns the top four seasons in blocked shots at the school and she also owns the school-record for single-game blocks (12, would rank tied for ninth in NCAA history) and field goal percentage (11-11 vs. Lamar, 1989). Upshaw registered three of the nine triple-doubles in school history (school-leader).