On this day in Alabama history: Basketball star Ruthie Bolton was born

On this day in Alabama history: Basketball star Ruthie Bolton was born
Ji-Yoon Kim of South Korea shoots past Ruthie Bolton-Holifield of the United States during the Women's Basketball competition, part of the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics at the Sydney Superdome on Sept. 29, 2000 in Sydney, Australia. The United States defeated South Korea 78-65. (Photo by: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

May 25, 1967

At Auburn University, Ruthie Bolton played guard on three conference championship teams and garnered numerous honors, including second team All-SEC in 1989, All-Final Four in 1988 and All-Academic SEC in 1988 and 1989.

Bolton competed on several European teams before becoming one of the first players in the Women’s National Basketball Association, launched by the U.S. in 1997. She played on U.S. Olympic gold medal teams in 1996 and 2000.

One of the first WNBA stars, Bolton played for the Sacramento Monarchs for eight years. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Raised in rural Mississippi, Bolton and her twin brother, Ray, were among 20 children born to the Rev. Linwood Bolton and his wife, Leola. Since retiring from the Monarchs, Bolton has released a gospel CD, launched a clothing line and started the Ruthie Bolton Foundation, a nonprofit for teens and student athletes.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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