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Olympic team in and became the first woman to play with the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters. A high school and college star in Kansas during the s and early s, she played professionally in Europe and Asia before joining the inaugural season of the Women's National Basketball Association in As of Woodard had scored more points during her career than any other female player, and her dynamic, groundbreaking career remained an inspiration to many aspiring female athletes.
Woodard was born in Wichita, Kansas, on August 12,the youngest of four children born to Lugene and Dorothy Woodard. The Woodards were devout Baptists and raised their children to share their faith.
Woodard was introduced to basketball by her older brother, and she practiced playing in her bedroom by creating homemade balls of paper or rolled-up socks.
She took part in pick-up games in Piatt Park, across the street from her home, holding her own against the neighborhood boys. She was also inspired to become a ballplayer by her cousin Hubie "Geese" Ausbie, who was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters exhibition team from until The Globetrotters, an all-black basketball team that toured nationally and internationally, presented a unique combination of entertainment and sports, with players using their considerable athletic skill to perform comic antics.
When Ausbie visited, Woodard would learn techniques and tricks of ball-handling from him that improved her game.
She was a strong and flexible player who could perform well in any position, but she usually played forward.
Woodard's hard-driving, high scoring game helped her high school team win two state championships. In her senior year, she was named to the all-American high school team and was courted by several colleges and universities.
Even with a number of respected schools to choose from, Woodard decided to remain in her home state. She chose to attend the University of Kansas KUciting her admiration for Marian Washington, the women's basketball coach there.
As a Lady Jayhawk, Woodard continued her strong performance on the court, leading her team to three straight Big Eight championships. During her four-year career, she broke twenty-four school athletic records, earning the title for most rebounds in the nation during her freshman year.
By graduation she had amassed 3, career points, more than any other female player in the United States and only eighteen points less than Louisiana State University player Pete Maravich, who held the men's scoring record. Woodard averaged almost twenty-seven points and twelve rebounds per game, an exceptional record that prompted the university to retire her number 31 jersey upon her graduation.
While Woodard was a dynamo on the basketball court, she did not neglect her studies. Along with earning the title of Kodak All-American four years in a row for her athletic achievement, she was also an academic all-American, making the dean's list and maintaining a 3.
She graduated from KU in with a bachelor's degree in speech communications. Played Professionally in Europe While still in college Woodard began playing in international tournaments, traveling to the Soviet Union inwhere she helped the U.
In Woodard earned a place on the U. Olympic women's basketball team. This achievement was dimmed, however, when the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympic Games because of political differences with the Soviet Union.
She was also part of the U. Because there were no professional basketball teams for women in the United States before the late s, many promising female college players moved to Europe and Asia to continue their basketball careers.
Woodard took a job in the Italian women's professional basketball league. Though she was top scorer in the Italian league inWoodard found living abroad difficult at first.
The only American as well as the only English-speaker on her team, she felt isolated, unable even to understand television. However, she took steps to improve her situation. She studied Italian, beginning with the basketball and food terms she needed for day-to-day life, and she reached out to make friends among her teammates.
In Woodard returned to the United States to make another attempt at the Olympics. This time she not only made the team, but became its captain, and the U.
Joined the Harlem Globetrotters Following her Olympic triumph, Woodard had a chance to make a childhood dream come true.
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professional basketball league for women. The Women's National Basketball Association began play in June , and Woodard was determined to be part of it.