Louisiana Tech Basketball – 1988 Corbett Award Winner
Teresa Weatherspoon, a basketball guard who led Louisiana Tech University to the 1988 NCAA Division I national championship and started all but one game for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal, reigns as the 1988 winner of the Sugar Bowl’s Corbett Memorial Award. The award is given annually to the outstanding college athlete in the State of Louisiana.
James J. Corbett Awards
During her senior season, Weatherspoon became the Lady Techsters’ all-time assists (958) and steals (411) leader. in addition to passing the 1,000 point mark in career scoring, finishing with 1,087 points. A two-time Kodak All-American, Weatherspoon also won the 1988 Honda-Broderick Cup as the top national female collegiate athlete and the 1988 Wade Trophy, awarded to the top collegiate women’s basketball player.
Named to the 1987 and 1988 Final Four all-tournament teams and tabbed the MVP of the 1988 Midwest Regional, the Pineland, Texas, native was also the American South Conference and Louisiana “Player of the Year” in 1987-88. Her career averages of 7.3 assists and 3.1 steals are the best in Lady Techster history. During her four-year career, Tech was 118-14, winning the national championship in 1988, finishing as national runner-up in 1987, and regional finalists in 1985 and 1986. Earlier this year (1988), Weatherspoon’s number 11 became the fifth Lady Techster jersey to be retired.
Weatherspoon’s primary competition for the award came from USL high jumper Hollis Conway, who was a silver medalists at the 1988 Olympics after clearing 7-8 3/4, which was the highest jump ever by an American collegian and just one-quarter inch short of the American record.
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.
[Reprinted from the 1985 Sugar Bowl History Book]