Lusia Harris Death: Basketball Pioneer Lusia Harris is Dead, Obituary News

Groundbreaking basketball star Lusia Harris, the only woman to be drafted by an NBA team, has died at the age of 66. However, details regarding her cause of death is still unknown.

“We are deeply saddened to share the news that our angel, matriarch, sister, mother, grandmother, Olympic medalist, The Queen of Basketball, Lusia Harris has passed away unexpectedly today in Mississippi,” the statement reads. “The recent months brought Ms. Harris great joy, including the news of the upcoming wedding of her youngest son and the outpouring of recognition received by a recent documentary that brought worldwide attention to her story.” Her family announcing in a statement.

Harris led Delta State to three straight AIAW national championships from 1975-77, when the AIAW was the equivalent to the NCAA for women’s collegiate sports. A 6-3 center, Harris averaged 25.9 points and 14.5 rebounds while shooting 63.3% from the field in 115 college games. She was a three-time All-American.

After her college career, the New Orleans Jazz selected Harris in the seventh round of the 1977 NBA draft. Per the Associated Press, she didn’t try out for the Jazz because she was pregnant.

Harris also starred on the inaugural U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team and made history as the first woman to score a point in basketball at the Olympics. She played alongside fellow pioneers Nancy Lieberman and Pat Summitt, who went by her maiden name Pat Head at the time. The United States won a silver medal at those Montreal Games.

Harris was the first Black woman to be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. She was also inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

She lived long enough to witness a documentary celebrating her life titled “The Queen of Basketball,” which made its debut in 2021.

Lusia Harris Obituary and Funeral Arrangements are still pending…

USA Basketball mourns the loss of The Queen of Basketball, Lusia Harris. Lusia was a 1976 Olympic silver medalist, scored the first points in Olympic women’s basketball history & became the first Black woman inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

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