Former UNC Women’s Basketball star inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

In honor of her stellar basketball career, former UNC women’s basketball player Sylvia Crawley has been inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

The native of Steubenville, Ohio, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Class of 1994. She double majored in communications and radio, television and films.

Crawley made a name for herself on the basketball court as she rose to stardom in Chapel Hill. Over her four collegiate seasons, Crawley made 101 starts over her 124 career appearances while recording 1,158 points, 582 rebounds, 123 blocks and 90 steals as a member of the Tar Heels.

During her senior season, Crawley was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament team and the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament team. She helped lead the UNC women’s basketball program to the 1994 national championship title.

In honor of her outstanding career as a Tar Heel, Crawley’s number 00 was honored in the rafters of Carmichael Arena on February 27, 2000.

After her time at North Carolina, Crawley went on to play professionally and later pursued a coaching career. She returned to Chapel Hill to serve as an assistant coach for her alma mater, later making a stop at Fordham University before being named Head Coach of Ohio University from 2006-2008. She then spent six seasons at Boston College and moved on to a role with the Indiana Fever before returning to the University of North Carolina as an assistant from 2016-2019.

Crawley is one of the most notable players to ever wear the Carolina Blue for the UNC women’s basketball program, as her legacy in the sport of basketball is one that will continue for generations to come. It’s great to see this North Carolina legend earning very high accolades from her home state for what she was able to accomplish on the court during her career.