MIAMI (June 12, 2012) - FIU women's basketball Associate Head Coach Inge Nissen has been inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, as she was one of six Class of 2012 members honored at the WBHoF's 14th-annual Induction Weekend, held June 8-9 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Nissen joins Nancy Fahey (coach), Nikki McCray (player), Pam McGee (player), Robin Roberts (contributor) and Dawn Staley (player) as Class of 2012 inductees. With the addition of the Class of 2012, the list of individuals who have been recognized as Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductees increased to 127.
Fresh off her 24th season with the Panthers, Nissen has been essential to Head Coach Cindy Russo in recruiting and building a nationally-recognized women's basketball program at FIU.
After joining the staff as an assistant coach in 1989, Nissen was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 1992 season. Since then, Nissen and Russo have compiled an impressive 380-217 (.637) record, and have guided the Panthers to six NCAA Tournaments and six appearances in the Women's NIT, most recently in 2011-12.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at FIU, Nissen had an astounding playing career both collegiately and professionally. The Denmark native was one of the top amateur players in Europe in the early 1970s. During that time, she played an important role on five national championship teams with Denmark (1972), Norway (1973) and France (1974, 1975 and 1985). In 1976, Russo - a former assistant coach at Old Dominion University - recruited Nissen to ODU.
Nissen helped the Lady Monarchs to a top-15 national ranking in each of her four years. She led Old Dominion to the WNIT Championship in 1978 as the team finished the season ranked No. 12 in the final Associated Press rankings. Nissen then capped her collegiate career by leading the Lady Monarchs to AIAW National Championships in 1979 and 1980. From 1976-80, Kodak, WNIT and the National Scouting Association honored Nissen as an All-American. She was the team's MVP during the 1978, 1979 and 1980 seasons as well as the Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1980.
Nissen finished her career as the school's all-time leader in points (2,647) and rebounds (1,459) - marks that rank second in the ODU record book today. Her single-game career high of 28 rebounds remains a school record, as does her 148 free throws made in a single season and her 518 career free throws. Twice, she scored more than 40 points in a game, and her 20 field goals during the WNIT remains a tournament record. Eight times as a collegian, Nissen scored 32 points or more in a game, five of those times coming in the postseason.
Nissen was inducted into the Old Dominion Hall of Fame in 1985 and her jersey, No. 42, is one of only five numbers to be retired by ODU. She was selected to ODU's All-Time Lady Monarch squad, as voted by fans on the University's athletic website, in 2006. Nissen was also honored as one of ESPN.com's top-25 players of the pre-NCAA era for her accomplishments with the Lady Monarchs.
Nissen received her bachelor's degree in French literature from Old Dominion in 1990. Nissen and her husband, Lance Bennett, reside in Perrine, Fla.
For information regarding the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, visit www.wbhof.com.
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