Kara Wolters is one of 10 women's basketball players in history to win a NCAA national championship, a WNBA title and gold medals from the Olympics and FIBA world championships.
And while Knoxville, Tennessee, isn't the former University of Connecticut center's favorite place, her basketball legacy could find a permanent home there.
Wolters is among 12 finalists for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017, it was announced Monday. The Hall's board of directors will vote next week and the six-member class will be announced next month, either on Feb. 12 or 13.
The Women's Hall is located in Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee. The Class of 2017 will be inducted June 10.
Wolters, a 6-foot-7 native of Holliston, Massachusetts, and a studio analyst for SNY since its coverage of the Huskies began in 2013, played at UConn from 1993 to 1997. Twenty years after graduating, she still ranks eighth in program history in points (2,141), second in field-goal percentage (62.8), eighth in rebounds (927) and third in blocks (137).
She became the first player with the Huskies to be named to a postseason all-tournament team in all four of her seasons and was twice (1995-96) named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big East tournament.
In 1997, Wolters was named the Big East and the Associated Press national Player of the Year. She was also selected to the WBCA All-America team and was part of the first class inducted into the Huskies of Honor in 2006. Her No. 52 has not been worn since she graduated.
UConn compiled a 132-8 record in Wolters' four seasons, won four Big East regular season and tournament titles, advanced to the Final Four twice and won the 1995 national championship, finishing off a 35-0 season with a 70-64 win over Tennessee.
After receiving her degree, Wolters began her professional career with the American Basketball League's New England Blizzard. After the ABL folded, she joined the WNBA's Houston Comets and won a championship there under coach Van Chancellor. She would go on to play for Indiana and Sacramento before wrapping up her career in 2003.
On the international stage, she was named to the 1994 United States national team at 19 years old. She would win gold with Team USA at the 1998 FIBA world championships and 2000 Olympics.
The other nine players to win NCAA and WNBA titles and world championship and Olympic gold are Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Brittney Griner, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore, Sheryl Swoopes and Diana Taurasi.
Coach Geno Auriemma and players Rebecca Lobo and Jennifer Rizzotti from the Huskies' 1995 national championship club have already been inducted into the Hall in Knoxville.
The other finalists are Swoopes, a former Texas Tech and Houston Comets star, Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell, the inaugural chair of the NCAA Division I women's basketball committee Nora Lynn Finch, referee Sally Bell, former Kilgore College coach Evelyn Blalock, former Long Beach State and Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini, 1992 Olympic gold medalist from Russia Yelena Baranova, veteran coach Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia, founding member of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Christine Grant, former Southern Connecticut State coach Louise O'Neal and three-time NAIA All-American Crystal Robinson.