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Carla L. Chapman

It is easy to claim that Carla Chapman is one of the most successful women's basketball players to come out of Summit County. In a 1999 Akron Beacon Journal poll, area sports fans were in agreement as they voted Carla one of its Sports Figures of the Century. Chapman's claim to fame began her junior year at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School when she led her team to the 1980 Ohio Class AAA title. The following season, while averaging 25 points and 20 rebounds and earning a fourth team spot on Parade Magazine's All-America list, Chapman again led the Fighting Irish cagers to the state championship. Carla went on to become a dominant player at Ohio State under Coach Tara Van Derveer, helping the Lady Buckeyes capture four Big 10 Championships and berths in the NCAA Basketball Tournament from 1982 through '85. With Chapman in the lineup, OSU compiled seasons of 20-7, 23-5, 22-7 and 28-3, respectively. That '85 team reached the NCAA East Regional final before being eliminated. During her career Chapman netted 1,247 points and hauled down 633 rebounds in 99 games. She paced the 1983 squad in rebounding with 7.2 a game and in scoring in 1984 with a 15.3 average that earned her first team All-Big-10 honors. In 1994, Carla, who is a social service specialist for the Akron Public Schools as well as head girls basketball coach at Akron Garfield High School, was inducted into the St. Vincent-St. Mary Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 2000 | Basketball