Stone to Be Inducted into WIAC Hall of Fame

Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics
          Release: 07/10/2012
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ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University head women's basketball coach Lisa Stone is a member of the inaugural class of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. Stone and 29 others will be inducted Aug. 4 as part of the WIAC Centennial Celebration Banquet in Madison, Wis.

"I am extremely honored to be inducted into the WIAC Hall of Fame," Stone said. "My career at UW-Eau Claire was a wonderful time that created many fond memories."

Stone took the UW-Eau Claire women's basketball program to a level of national prominence during a record-setting 12-year career at the institution (1988-2000).

For a program that never had won more than 17 games in a season or finished higher than third in the conference, Stone raised the bar in her first year and never let it slip. She guided the Blugolds to 20-win seasons and first- or second-place conference finishes in 11 of her 12 campaigns.

Stone took her team to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals in six of the program's 11 national tournament appearances. Eau Claire was the national runner-up in 1997 and placed third in 1994. Her 1999-2000 team won its first 28 games before losing to eventual national champion Washington University in the second round of the NCAA tourney. Stone registered an .824 winning percentage (277-59), and her teams won 90 percent of their home games.

Stone was named WIAC Coach of the Year five times and earned WBCA Division III National Coach of the Year honors in 1997. Earlier this year, she was selected as the WIAC All-Time Co-Coach in women's basketball in conjunction with the WIAC Centennial Celebration.
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