1974 NCAA National Finalist Basketball Team Headlines List of 2006 Hall of Fame Inductees
Feb. 20, 2006
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University has selected seven individuals and one team to the Marquette Athletics Hall of Fame. The 1974 Men's Basketball Team, Dan Fax (Track and Field), Ana Fernandez (Women's Tennis), Elisa Penalvo (Women's Tennis), William Kumprey (Wrestling), Kelly Roethe (Women's Soccer), Tony Smith (Men's Basketball), and Abbie Willenborg (Women's Basketball) will be officially inducted into the Marquette Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held on September 9, 2006.
Coached by M Club Hall of Famer Al McGuire, the 1973-74 Marquette men's basketball team posted a 26-5 record in route to the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA National Championship Game. The 26 victories the team amassed that season tied for the most-ever in the program's history at that time and is currently is third-best win total for one season. The 1973-74 team reached a season-high ranking of No. 3 on March 19, 1974 and was ranked in all 18 Associated Press Top 20 polls that season and never fell lower than No. 11.
Led on the court by M Club Hall of Famers Bo Ellis (12.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and Maurice Lucas (15.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg), the team started the season winning 10-straight and 16 of 17. They went on to defeat five ranked teams during that season including three during the NCAA Tournament, No. 6 Kansas, No. 6 Vanderbilt and No. 12 Michigan. Team MVP, junior center Maurice Lucas earned NCAA All-Tournament team recognition and was named to the Converse All-America Second Team. Lucas, along with five other members from that squad, Marcus Washington, Jerry Homan, Earl Tatum, Lloyd Walton and Bo Ellis were selected in NBA Drafts from 1974 to 1978.
Registering a program record 129 singles wins during her time on the tennis courts, Ana Fernandez is arguably one of the greatest women's tennis player to ever play at Marquette. Numerous accolades succeed her name as she was the ITA Midwest Player of the Year after winning the ITA Midwest Regional Singles Championship in 1999. She helped lead Marquette to its first ever NCAA Tournament in 1997 along with two additional berths in 1998 and 1999. Fernandez is also heralded as one of two NCAA Singles Championship participants to represent Marquette in 1999. After earning her second consecutive First Team All-Conference USA Honor her junior season in 1998, she started the fall season off with a bang breaking Marquette's all-time wins record. Her 38 wins during 1998-99 rank atop Marquette's single season wins list. For her efforts, Fernandez was named ITA Midwest Region Player of the Year and Conference USA MVP in 1999.
Penalvo in her own right was also a tremendous singles player, one of the best. In 1997, her rookie year, not only was she named Conference USA Freshman of the Year, but also the league's player of the year and ITA Freshman of the Year. A four-time all Conference USA First Team Selection - the only Marquette tennis player to realize that feat - Penalvo represented Marquette at three NCAA Singles Championships in 1997, 1998, and 1999. Her 101 singles wins rank third all-time and her 36 wins in 1996-97 also rank third on single season wins list. Penalvo ranked as high as ninth in the nation in singles play in which marks Marquette's highest individual tennis ranking. Before teaming with Fernandez, she paired up with Joanna Bauza for her freshman season in 1996-97 and together held on to the longest doubles winning streak Marquette has ever seen, 18 consecutive wins.
Penalvo and Fernandez teamed up during the 1997-98 season to form one of the nation's top doubles teams. A season later the twosome ranked as high as fifth in the nation, the highest doubles ranking in Marquette's history, and won the doubles championship at the ITA Midwest Regional in the fall of 1998. Penalvo and Fernandez three consecutive years advancing as far as the second round in 1999 and share 98 doubles wins including 22 their senior seasons in 1998-99.
A four-time Marquette Track and Field MVP, Dan Fax earned All-American honors in the shot put back-to-back years in indoor competition in 1997 and in outdoor competition in 1998. Fax holds the school record in the shot put both inside and out thanks to a 60-feet, 8 inches throw indoors and 61-feet, 0 1/4 inches throw outdoors. In 1999 he won the Conference USA Championship in the 35lb. Weight throw with a heave of 62-feet, 7 3/4 inches.
William Kumprey, one of Marquette's most accomplished grapplers, amassed a career record of 146-31 over four years. His 146 career victories stand atop MU's all-time wins list. He left Marquette after achieving All-America status his senior season in 1993 and ranked sixth in the nation after reaching the semifinals of the 1993 NCAA Tournament defeating two-time All-American and unbeaten Chris Kwortnik of North Carolina State. Kumprey, known for getting his opponents shoulders to the mat, led the nation in pins in 1992 and 1993. In 1993, he tallied a college best 32 pins to go along with a 49-win season.
Renowned as one of Marquette's most decorated women's soccer players ever to step foot on Valley Fields, Kelly Roethe is Marquette's most prolific scorer with 123 points and all-time leading goal scorer with 49 goals. Roethe owns the second, third, fifth and sixth best goal scoring seasons in Marquette history. She is the only women's soccer player in the 11-year history of the program to be a first team All-Conference in each of her four years. Along with her first team all conference honors, Rothe was named Freshman-of-the-Year in 1996. A year later she received the league's top honor as she was selected as Conference USA`s Most Valuable Player. Roethe earned regional honors each of her four seasons. With her 123 career points, Roethe inked her name in the Conference USA Record books as its all-time leading scorer and for that was named to the All-C-USA Decade Team. Roethe excelled in the classroom as well and capped her career as being named a First-team NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-American, Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year and was named GTE Academic District V First Team in 1999. She earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2000.
A 1990 Associated Press Honorable Mention and a Second Team Midwest All-America selection, Tony Smith was a four-time letterwinner at Marquette from 1986-1990. He accumulated United Press International, Sporting News and Basketball Times All-American honors for the 1989-90 season while his AP honor at the time was the first for Marquette in 12 years. Smith ranks fourth-all time in scoring (1,688), third in free-throws made (406), fourth in assists (469), fourth in steals (190), fifth in field-goals made (615), ninth in field-goal percentage (52.0 percent) and third in three-point field-goal percentage (42.9 percent). He is one of only seven players in the program's history to record over 1,000 points and 400 assists during his career and still holds the Marquette single-season record for scoring average (23.8 ppg in 1989-90) and points scored in a game (44 vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 19, 1990). During his senior season, he set the class record for total points scored with 689. After being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft, Smith went on to enjoy an eight-year playing career with five teams including the Phoenix Suns, the Miami Heat, the Charlotte Hornets, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Lakers.
When looking at the Marquette women's basketball record books one would notice the abundance of Willenborg's name. While helping the Golden Eagles to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, Abbie Willenborg is Marquette's all-time leading scorer with 1,818 points and all-time leading rebounder with 1,167 rebounds. During her career she went to the charity stripe a program high 635 times converting 435 free throws. Willenborg ranks in the top five in rebounding average (9.9 rpg, third), field goals made (677, second), scoring average (13.0 ppg, fourth), and blocks (82, fifth). She played the fifth-most games among all Marquette players, playing in 118 games helping the Golden Eagles to compile a record of 86-32 over four seasons. She was an All-Conference USA Freshman Team selection in 1997 and went on to establish herself as one of the top centers in the nation during her career as she was a three-time First Team All-Conference USA selection in 1998-2000 and was named to Women's Basketball News Service Second Team All-America for the 1999-2000 season.
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