April 25, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
One year after being recognized as a member of the 2009 Silver Anniversary Team, Purdue head women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Indianapolis. Versyp was selected to the Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.
"I am really humbled by this honor and so appreciative of all of the friends and family that were here tonight to support me," Versyp said. "Basketball and this state are such a big part of my life and have given me many blessings, so to be inducted into the Indiana Hall of Fame is a real honor. As they say at the Hall of Fame, `In 49 states it's just basketball - this is Indiana!'"
Versyp was one of three former Boilermakers honored at Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Annual Awards Banquet. Former Purdue head coach Lin Dunn joined Versyp as part of the 10 person induction class, as the St. Vincent Silver Medal Award recipient and Anne (Kvachkoff) Equihua was one of eighteen women named to the 2010 Silver Anniversary Team.
Versyp played point guard at Mishawaka H.S. from 1980 to 1984, scoring 1,189 career points while leading Mishawaka to a 58-9 record that included back-to-back semistate appearances in 1983 and 1984. As a senior, Versyp was named Miss Basketball after averaging 23.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists. She also led her high school volleyball team to the state finals twice, winning the championship in 1983.
The Mishawaka, Ind., native became the first Indiana Miss Basketball to play for Purdue in the fall of 1984. Versyp remains one of just nine four-year starters in school history. She led the team in scoring for three consecutive seasons and finished with 1,565 career points. Versyp still has top 10 standings in 10 statistical categories for the Boilermakers, was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Team member and second team Academic All-American as a senior.
Versyp began her coaching career at the high school level, starting as a head coach at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, from 1989 to 1993, followed by Benton Central from 1993 to 1996. She spent five years as the head coach at Maine and one year at Indiana before returning to her alma mater in 2006. Versyp has amassed a 90-49 record in four years at Purdue and is 207-114 as a collegiate head coach. She has led the Boilermakers to two Big Ten Tournament Championships and two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances.
Dunn coached nine seasons at Purdue, from 1987 to 1996, and led the Boilermakers' to three Big Ten championships and their first Final Four in 1994. The Dresden, Tenn., native has an extensive WNBA coaching resume, including three years as the head coach of the Seattle Storm and the current head coach of the Indiana Fever. In 2009, Dunn directed former Purdue All-American Katie Douglas and her Fever teammates to the WNBA Finals, falling one game shy of the championship.
A teammate of Versyp's for three years at Purdue, Equihua played for Crown Point H.S. She was a first team All-State selection in 1984 and 1985 and a member of the 1985 Indiana All-Star team. She helped lead Crown Point to three state finals, winning in 1984 and 1985, amassing a record of 73-9 in her final three seasons. Equihua averaged 23.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists as a senior and was named Converse All-American.
In addition to the banquet in Indianapolis on Saturday evening, the Hall of Fame induction class had a ceremony at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, Ind., on Saturday morning.