March 3, 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former Vanderbilt women's basketball player and current Senior Woman Administrator Candice Storey Lee was selected as Vanderbilt's 2011 Southeastern Conference Great and will be recognized at halftime of Vanderbilt's SEC Tournament game at 9 p.m. on Friday at Bridgestone Arena.
Lee is one of 12 former female student-athletes from each Southeastern Conference member institution who will be recognized at the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.
In addition to Lee, the 2011 class includes: Shalonda Enis, Alabama (Basketball); Delmonica DeHorney Hawkins, Arkansas (Basketball); Margaret Hoelzer, Auburn (Swimming & Diving); Muriel Page, Florida (Basketball); Tracy Henderson, Georgia (Basketball); Rachel Komisarz, Kentucky (Swimming & Diving); Jenny Lidback, LSU (Golf); Jackie Martin, Ole Miss (Basketball); Tiffany McWilliams-Dudley, Mississippi State (Track & Field); Kim Pietro, South Carolina (Softball); and Melissa McCray Duke, Tennessee (Basketball).
All 12 individuals will also be honored as a group between games of the second session on Friday, March 4. The Greats will then participate in an autograph session on the concourse before game eight. Complimentary posters of the Greats will be available at the session.
"We are excited to again showcase the talent and dedication in women's athletics in the Southeastern Conference," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. "Honoring these former standouts gives the conference the opportunity to thank those who helped establish the rich women's athletic tradition in our conference."
Lee was a four-year letterwinner for the Commodores and helped lead the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2002 SEC Tournament Championship.
The former Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama, Lee graduated from Vanderbilt in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree and then went on to receive her master's degree in education from Vanderbilt in 2002.
Lee has served as Vanderbilt's Senior Woman Administrator and Compliance Director since 2004, overseen the operation of Vanderbilt's women's basketball program since 2008 and in July began overseeing Vanderbilt Student Services.
This marks the 11th year of the Greats program. Vanderbilt's previous honorees were: 2001 - Jim Foster; 2002 - Sheri Sam; 2003 - Wendy Scholtens-Woods; 2004 - Heidi Gillingham; 2005 - Barbara Brackman Capobianco; 2006 - Jackie Cowan Ransom; 2007 - Ryan Tolbert Jackson; 2008 - Karen Booker; 2009 - Misty Lamb Thompson; 2010 - Chantelle Anderson.