COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Women’s Basketball alum Nancy Rutter was named to the Southeastern Conference 2019 Class of Women’s Legends on Thursday, announced by the conference office. Rutter and representatives from each of the 14 SEC institutions will be honored at the 2019 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 6-10 in Greenville, S.C.
A four-time letterwinner for Mizzou in the 1970s, Nancy (Rutter) Huerd was an integral part of Mizzou’s early women’s basketball teams. Rutter saw Mizzou achieve groundbreaking success in her career, as she played on the initial Mizzou women’s basketball team in 1974-75, and by the end of her career, her team had finished as Big Eight Champions in 1978.
Rutter’s name is still etched all of the Mizzou record book, as she still holds the program records for most points on an opponent’s floor (40 at Graceland – Jan. 5, 1977), the most free throws made in a career (481 FT) and the most free throws made in a single-season (211 FT, 1976-77). She also ranks second in rebounds per game in a single season (10.2 rpg, 1975-76), second in total rebounds in a single season (356 rebounds), third in career rebounds per game (8.8) and fifth in all-time scoring (1,641 points).
Rutter helped lead Mizzou to a Big Eight Conference Tournament title in 1978 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Rutter is a 1991 inductee of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and a 2018 inductee in the Women’s Basketball League Hall of Fame for her participation in the WBL Trailblazers, the first women’s professional basketball league.
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