New York Liberty Guard Crystal Robinson to be Enshrined

Robinson during her SOSU playing days.
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DURANT, Okla., Nov. 12, 2002 - New York Liberty guard Crystal Robinson adds another honor to her prestigious resume as she will be enshrined into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame in recognition of her remarkable collegiate career at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The NAIA announced that Robinson will be inducted in to the NAIA Hall of Fame Women's Basketball Athlete category on March 18, 2003, at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Jackson, Tenn.

"It's a great honor to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame," said an elated Crystal Robinson. "My goal was never to receive recognition only to play the game that I love. Although I'm very happy and proud that my hard work has earned me this honor."

Robinson completed her fourth season with the New York Liberty in 2002 leading the team in three-point field goals made per game (67), third in points per game (11.8 ppg) and third in three-point field-goal percentage (.371). The Atoka, Okla., native recorded a season-high 24 points including 6-of-9 shooting from three-point land versus the Indiana Fever on June 25, 2002.

"I can not think of anyone more qualified for this honor," said SOSU Director of Athletic Dr. Don Parham. "She is the best women's basketball player ever produced by Oklahoma high schools and certainly is the greatest female athlete in Southeastern's history."

Robinson and Teresa Weatherspoon honored by Liberty GM Carol Blazejowksi and fans. Crystal for scoring 1,000th career point and Weatherspoon for recording her 1,000th career assist.
(Credit MSG Photos)

Robinson was named the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship Most Valuable Player in 1995 and 1996 after leading the Lady Savages to back-to-back runner-up finishes. She earned First Team NAIA All-America recognition in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and led the NAIA's Division I in scoring in 1994 and 1995.

After her stellar career with the Lady Savages from 1993-96, Robinson left SOSU as the NAIA's fifth all-time leading scorer with 3,023 career points. As of today, she still holds the career national tournament scoring record with 177 points in SOSU's three trips to the event. She is the Lady Savages all-time leader in points, rebounds (1,165), assists (547) and steals (376).

Over her four years at Southeastern, Robinson averaged 27.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest, both SOSU career records, over her 112-game career. Throughout that span, the Lady Savages boasted a 90-22 overall record including a 35-2 record during the 1995-96 season when SOSU claimed its only Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference regular-season title. Robinson was a four-time First-Team All-OIC selection and was selected as OIC Player-of-the-Year after the 1994, 1995 and 1996 seasons.

"Crystal is a once in a lifetime player," said Lady Savage head coach Nick Keith. "I have always felt that it was one of the greatest joys in my life to coach her. Not only was she one of the greatest players around, she was an unbelievable teammate. I have never coached a more unselfish player."

Robinson, who was chosen to The Daily Oklahoman All-Century Team for both Oklahoma high schools and universities, becomes just the third women's basketball player ever to be enshrined by the Association, joining Kelly Litch of Southwestern Oklahoma State University (1991) and Jo Metzger of Western Washington University (1992).