July 24, 2014
KNOXVILLE - Former Tennessee women's basketball player Nikki McCray was part a 10-person 2014 class inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night at the Knoxville Convention Center.
McCray was enshrined along with UT football standouts John Bruhin and David Douglas, former UT men's basketball coach Wade Houston as well as baseball player Atlee Hammaker, coach Joel Helton, swimmer and former UT assistant coach Jenna Johnson, figure skater Peter Oppegard, former UT tennis player Jimmy Pitkanen and coach/official Jerry Wrinkle.
During her Lady Vol career from 1991-95, McCray helped the Lady Vols to three SEC regular-season titles and a 122-11 record. A two-time All-American and SEC Player of the Year (1994, 1995), McCray accumulated 1,572 career points, which still ranks her among the program's all-time top 20.
After graduating from UT, she played in the American Basketball League and was the MVP for the 1996-97 season. She then played in the WNBA for eight seasons and was named to WNBA All-Star teams in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
McCray was a member of the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic gold medal teams and America's 1998 FIBA World Championship team.
Following her final professional season in 2006, McCray launched her coaching career at Western Kentucky, where she spent two seasons before joining the coaching staff at South Carolina for the 2008-09 season. She now is in her seventh year with the Gamecocks.
McCray is married to Thomas Penson, and the couple has a son, Thomas Nikson Penson.