Feb. 21, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference 2013 Class of Women's Legends showcases former student-athletes from all 14 SEC member institutions. Former Lady Vol and current assistant coach Kyra Elzy has been chosen as UT's honoree.
The class will be honored at the 2013 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament, March 6-10, in Duluth, Ga. Each legend will be honored during halftime of their team's first game of the tournament, and all 14 individuals also will be honored as a group during the halftime of the first semifinal game on March 9. The Greats then will participate in an autograph session on the concourse between the two games. Complimentary posters of the Greats will be available at the session.
As a student-athlete at Tennessee from 1996-2001, Elzy was a member of two national championship teams (1997 and 1998) and a national runner-up squad (2000). The native of LaGrange, Ky. (Oldham County H.S.) helped the 1997-98 squad to a perfect 39-0 record.
A four-year letterwinner who spent five seasons in a Lady Vol uniform because she missed the 1998-99 season with an injury, Elzy helped UT win four SEC Championships and three SEC Tournament titles during her stay in Knoxville. She played in 126 games and earned the Holly Warlick Defensive Player of the Year award in 1997, the Unsung Hero Award in 1998 and was on the 2000 USA Today All-Injury Team that recognized athletes that competed while overcoming medical issues.
Elzy became just the fifth freshman in Tennessee history to start her first game as a Lady Vol when she started at guard in the 1996-97 season opener against Austin Peay.
She was named to the 2000 and 2001 SEC Academic Honor Rolls and was a three-time member of the Lady Vol Academic Honor Roll and earned UT Dean's List honors each semester while in graduate school.
Elzy also became the first UT player to earn her master's degree while still playing.