January 5, 2015
Patricia Babcock McGraw

Patricia Babcock McGraw

Culver Girls Academy’s Patricia (Babcock) McGraw ’90 has been named to the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2015 Silver Anniversary Team. McGraw, who was Indiana’s 1990 Miss Basketball, is one of 18 former players selected based on their outstanding accomplishments as a senior 25 years ago.

The team includes McGraw and 10 other members of the 1990 Indiana All-Star squad. Seven other all-state players are included to comprise the best of Indiana’s high school class of 1990. The Women’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 14th Annual Women’s Banquet on Saturday, April 25.

McGraw scored 2,199 career points over her four-year CGA career, graduating as the state’s 2nd all-time leading girls high school scorer. She is still Culver’s all-time leading scorer – girls and boys – and is currently 14th on the Indiana high school girls all-time scoring leaders list. She scored 725 points her senior year and is currently 21st on the state’s single-season list.

McGraw led the state in scoring her junior year, averaging 32.2 points per game. She averaged 26.8 ppg over her career while shooting 57 percent from the field. She also averaged 13.2 rebounds per game. CGA won two sectional titles during her career.

Along with the 1990 Indiana Miss Basketball nod, McGraw was named the Gatorade Player of the Year, a Parade Magazine All-American, Naismith Indiana Player of the Year, USA Today Indiana Player of the Year, Indiana Coaches Association all-state, three-time Associated Press all-state, and three-time Hoosier Basketball all-state.

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.

Babcock shoots over two defenders.

Babcock shoots over two defenders.

McGraw went on to play basketball at Northwestern University, scoring 1,353 career points and grabbing 813 rebounds. She was twice named to the all-Big Ten team, two-time Academic all-Big Ten, two-time Big Ten Player of the Week and Sports Illustrated National Player of the Week. She led the Big Ten in rebounding (11.3 rpg) and averaged a double-double her senior season (17.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg). She helped the Wildcats reach the NCAA tournament in 1991 and 1993. She was named the Wildcats’ Most Valuable Player for the 1993-94 season. She graduated from Northwestern’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.

Since 1997, McGraw has been a columnist/sportswriter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago. She has also done color commentary for the Big Ten Network, DePaul University women’s basketball, and the WNBA Chicago Sky basketball games. In 2002, she won a Peter Lisagor Award for a series on the 30th anniversary of Title IX. She has also served as a voter for The Associated Press women’s college basketball Top 25 weekly poll, the John Wooden Award for the best player in in women’s college basketball, and the Nancy Lieberman Award for the best point guard in women’s college basketball games.

The daughter of retired mathematics instructor John ’58 and Linda Babcock, she is married to Daily Herald sportswriter Mike McGraw and has two children, Matthew and Kelsey.

The recognition ceremony will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, 2615 National Ave., Indianapolis. Reservations are available online now or through mail order in early 2015.  Call the Hall at 765-529-1891 or visit www.hoopshall.com for more information or email info@hoopshall.com.

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