Holmes-Harris to be Honored Sunday
Jan. 11, 2017


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Joy Holmes-Harris will be honored at halftime of the Purdue women's basketball game against 11th-ranked Ohio State on Sunday.


Simply put, Holmes, who played for the Boilermakers from 1988 to 1991, could do it all.

At the conclusion of her Purdue playing days, she was the school career record holder in points (1,747), field goal percentage (.559), steals (323) and double-doubles (20), while ranking second in blocked shots (131) and third in rebounds (744).

Twenty-five years later, her name remains in the top 10 in each of those categories, including third in steals, seventh in points and blocks, and ninth in rebounds.

As a senior, Holmes led Purdue to its first Big Ten Conference championship. She averaged a school-record 21.5 points - now the second-most ever - and 9.2 rebounds per game to go with 99 steals and 42 blocked shots and became the first Boilermaker to be named first team Kodak All-American, Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. The Boilermakers posted a 26-3 overall record, including a 17-1 Big Ten mark.

Holmes was nicknamed the "Magnet from Mansfield," in reference to her hometown in Ohio, and her 100 steals as a sophomore set a school record that presently ranks fourth all-time. She then tallied 99 steals both her junior and senior seasons.

The Boilermakers played in their first three NCAA tournaments the last three seasons of Holmes' career, reaching the Sweet 16 in 1990.

With no women's professional league in the early 1990s, Holmes played in Japan after college before joining the American Basketball League with the Seattle Reign (1997-98) and the Nashville Noise (1998-99) and subsequently the WNBA with the Detroit Shock (2000).

Holmes-Harris was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Tipoff between the Boilermakers and the Buckeyes is 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

The first 2,000 fans will receive a Joy Holmes commemorative bobblehead. Holmes-Harris is the third women's basketball player to be honored with a bobblehead giveaway, following Stephanie White (2014-15) and Katie Douglas (2015-16).

Tickets are available online.
 

 

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