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Kelly M. Stacey

It is not often that an injury proves to be beneficial for an athlete, however, when it happened to Kelly Stacey, it did. A knee injury in 1985, prior to Stacey¹s junior year on the Barberton High School basketball team, caused Ohio State and several other NCAA Division I schools to back-off their recruiting efforts of the 5-11 center. Up stepped Coach Vicki Staton of Washington & Jefferson, who looked beyond the injury. Staton¹s gamble in recruiting Stacey proved to be Ohio State¹s loss and W & J¹s gain. On Coach Staton¹s office wall was a picture of Cindy Kelly, W & J¹s all-time leading scorer with 1517 points. Stacey, who quickly became a starter under Staton, set her sights on that record. In fact, she attacked it with a vengeance, scoring a school record 431 points as a freshman. As a sophomore Stacey averaged 21.4 points a game to better her previous record with 450 points and also paced the Lady Presidents with a career high 8.3 rebounds. The Barberton native then topped that scoring mark with 452 points the following season. As a result of her performance in 1989-90, Stacey became the first woman cager at Washington & Jefferson to be named to the District Kodak All-American team. She began her senior season of 1990-91 needing 185 points to become her school¹s all-time men¹s and women¹s scoring champion. Stacey reached that goal and then some, netting 433 points for a career mark of 1766 points. In one game she connected for 40 points and another W & J record. Stacey culminated her outstanding career as a four-time first team selection in the President¹s Athletic Conference and was the PAC¹s leading scorer in 1988, ¹89, ¹90.

Inducted 1998 | Basketball