Former Ohio State women’s basketball great Katie Smith found out Saturday she will be inducted into a second hall of fame in a matter of months.
The current head coach of the WNBA’s New York Liberty was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2018 class along with former NBA players Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Ray Allen Grant Hill and Maurice Cheeks, former coach Lefty Driesell, women’s basketball star Tina Thompson.
The announcement comes after Smith was already named to the 2018 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction will take place in September.
Smith was a key force as a freshman on the 1992-93 Ohio State women’s basketball team, the only team in program history to reach the NCAA title game.
She won two ABL titles with the Columbus Quest — the 1998 team received its championship rings Saturday night — two WNBA titles with the Detroit Shock and three Oly mpic gold medals, in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
After a stint as an assistant, Smith was named the Liberty’s head coach last fall.