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Grace Daley
2021 Finalist
Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame

Basketball, 1997-2006
Tulane University/WNBA/Europe

The most decorated student-athlete in the history of Tulane women’s basketball, Grace Daley was a three-time All-American during her Green Wave career. She earned honorable mention recognition on the WBCA/Kodak squad in each of her final three years; was named to the Associated Press honorable mention team as a junior; and claimed third-team AP All-Amer­ica honors as a senior.

During her three All-American campaigns, Daley never scored fewer than 550 points, pulled down at least 100 rebounds and dished out at least 70 assists each year. In the three-year span, she averaged 20.8 points, 5.3 re­bounds and 3.3 assists per game, and shot .503 from the field (604-of-1200).

Daley was a three-time first-team All-Conference-USA selection, a C-USA All-Freshman Team honoree and the C-USA Tournament MVP in 1999. Daley helped lead the Green Wave to a combined 72-18 record from 1997-2000 as Tulane advanced to play in the NCAA Tourna­ment each year and won the C-USA Tourna­ment her junior and senior campaigns.

Daley graduated as the school’s career lead­er in points and free throws made and still holds those two top spots today. Daley also ranks second all-time in points per game (18.5), field goals made (747) and steals (289), fifth in made three-pointers (187), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.356) and ninth in offensive rebounds (263). Single season record wise, Daley still holds the top spot for points scored with 692 in her 1999-2000 season. Single-game record wise, Daley scored the fourth most points with a career high 38 points at SMU on Dec. 5, 1998.

Following her senior season, Daley was drafted fifth overall in the 2000 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx, and was just the second college player select­ed. Daley still stands as the highest-drafted player in Tulane women’s basketball history. She spent four seasons in the league – one each with the Lynx, New York Liberty, Houston Comets and Phoenix Mercury – and finished with career averages of 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Her best season came as a rookie in Minnesota in 2000 when she scored 173 points, pulled down 72 rebounds and handed out 57 assists.

She also played professionally in Spain, Italy, France and the Czech Republic. She led the Italy Pro League in scoring in 2002-2003 and was named MVP of the French Pro League in 2005-2006. They selected her to the European All-Star team and picked her to play in the International Basketball Federation competition.

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