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Lynette Woodard is a professional basketball player who made history in 1985 when she became first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
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As the story goes, Woodard developed her basketball scoring abilities from her older brother, who taught her to shoot using a stuffed sock. By the time she was in her final year at Marshall Junior High School in Wichita, the high school basketball coach asked her if she'd want to join the varsity team. Woodard declined. A year later she made up for lost time, when the five-feet 11-inch star sophomore led the club to a state championship in 1975. Two years later, Woodard was recognized as an all-American.
Choosing to stay close to home, Woodard enrolled at the University of Kansas, where she graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in speech communications and human relations. At Kansas, Woodard, who was as comfortable playing in the post as she was bringing the ball up the court, set new school and national marks. She scored the most points in NCCAA women's basketball history (3,649) and did the same with field goals made (1,572) and field goals attempted (2,994). She also set school records in such areas as rebounds (1,714), free throws made (505), steals (522), and games played (139).
After several more years of playing professionally overseas, Woodard returned to the U.S. In 1992, she was named the athletic director for the Kansas City, Missouri, school district. She then relocated to New York City to become a stockbroker.
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