Patricia Babcock McGraw ’90 will be officially inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The board of directors of the Hall of Fame announced the 2017 Women’s Induction Class early Tuesday, Dec. 20.
McGraw is one of 11 individuals selected for the honor. The undefeated 1987 Noblesville team and longtime sportswriter Bob Bridge with the Bedford Times-Mail will receive the Indiana Fever Silver Medal Award.
In 2015, the Hall of Fame named McGraw to the Women’s Silver Anniversary Team along with 10 other members of the 1990 Indiana All-Star squad. The daughter of retired mathematics instructor John ’58 and Linda Babcock, she is married to Mike McGraw, a sportswriter for the Chicago suburban newspaper, the Daily Herald, and has two children, Matthew and Kelsey.
McGraw finished her Culver Girls Academy career with 2,199 points. When she graduated, she was the second all-time leading scorer in IHSAA girls basketball history. She was three-time all-state selection and named Indiana’s Miss Basketball in 1990.
She led the state in scoring her junior year, averaging 32.2 points per game and held a career average of 26.8 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks. McGraw was also recognized as a Parade All-American and the Gatorade, Naismith, and USA Today Indiana Player of the Year following her senior season.
McGraw was named the 1990 CGA Athlete of the Year and received the Jane Metcalfe Bowl for her outstanding athletic and academic achievements. She won four varsity letters in basketball and was twice named the MVP of the volleyball team. She is in the Culver Academies Athletic Hall of Fame and a replica of her Indiana All-Star jersey now hangs in Fleet Gym.
McGraw continued her career at Northwestern University. Competing in the Big Ten, she was a two-time all-conference and two-time academic all-conference selection, helping the Wildcats to NCAA tournament appearances. She graduated as the fifth all-time leading scorer (1,353), third all-time leading rebounder (813) and fourth in career field goal percentage (.546).
Since 1997, McGraw has been a sportswriter for the Daily Herald, as well as a television analyst at the Big Ten Network, the WNBA’s Chicago Sky TV, DePaul University TV, and for the Illinois state basketball finals telecasts.
The Women’s Awards Banquet will be held at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. Reservations are available online now and tickets for the banquet will be made available in 2017. The day’s events will include a free reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum in New Castle that afternoon prior to the banquet.
For more information about tickets or the events, people may contact the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (765-529-1891).