Three Former Hoosiers to be Inducted into the 2009 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Jan. 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 2009 Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame will include three former Hoosier women's basketball standouts. This year's induction will be of the Silver Anniversary team of players who graduated from high school in 1984.
Nancy Cowan Eksten played for the Hoosiers from 1986-88 where as a point guard. Eksten was an IU Scholastic Achievement Award honoree. In two season at IU, she played 48 games and totaled 118 points, 75 rebounds, 65 assists and 39 steals. She played at Crown Point High School, where she averaged 20.4 points, 9.5 steals, 8.8 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game. Eksten was an Indiana All-Star, a Converse and Carnation All-American and a two-time Academic All-American at Crown Point.
Diane Small played at Indiana from 1984-88 where she was a forward. In 54 games, she recorded 56 points and 50 rebounds as a Hoosier. The Decatur Central graduate was her high school team's Most Valuable Player twice, earning Marion County Girls Coaches Association Athlete of the Year honors. She was a Hoosier Basketball first team all-stater three times and was an Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Second Team All-American and the first selection in the 1980 Indianapolis Scarborough Summer Peace Games.
Noelle Young Hall lettered at IU in 1984-87 after leading the Hoosiers in steals with 43 her sophomore season at the center position. In 59 games as a Hoosier, she accumulated 301 points, 300 rebounds, 66 steals and 45 assists. She played at Rushville High School where she averaged 17.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and shot 55.0 percent from the field and 67.0 percent from the free throw line.
The Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame's Annual Women's Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 25. The ceremony will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis. Call the Hall at (765) 529-1891 for ticket information.
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