Pam KellyLouisiana Tech Basketball – 1981 Corbett Award Winner
Pam Kelly, a three-time All-American and collegiate women’s basketball “player of the Year” from national champion Louisiana Tech, reigns as the 1981 winner of the Sugar Bowl’s Corbett Memorial Award as the top amateur athlete in the State of Louisiana.
“An amazing player, always seeming to make the right play at the right time,” in the words of her coach, Sonja Hogg, Kelly led Tech to the AIAW and NCAA titles in successive years, setting seasonal and career scoring marks, seasonal and career field-goal percentage records, and a career rebounding standard on the way.
Quickness, strength, and an exceptionally soft touch let her score 2,979 points over the four years, with a high of 932 during her sophomore year.
During that four-year run – Louisiana Tech was in the national tournament all four years – she led her team to a 143-10 mark, with only one of those losses coming during the last two campaigns, that defeat ending a 54-game winning streak.
The first winner of the award from Louisiana Tech, Kelly also ranks as the first woman to be so honored.
The award, which was incepted in 1967, is named in memory of the late Jim Corbett, the Louisiana State University director of athletics at the time of his death, who contributed so much of his time and talent to the Sugar Bowl during his tenure as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics.
Among the nominees this year were LSU’s Rudy Macklin, an All-America basketball performer; Tulane’s Rodney Holman, an All-Southern Independent tight end; Northwestern Louisiana’s Mark Duper, a national champion sprinter; and teammate Angela Turner, who also attained All-America honors.
[Reprinted from the 1982 Sugar Bowl History Book]