Back in 1999, Carolyn Peck became the first Black coach to win an NCAA women’s basketball title when her Purdue players defeated Duke. Peck shared a piece of her game net with Dawn Staley, who has reportedly kept it in her wallet over all these years.
On Sunday night, Staley, who has appeared at 3 Final Fours as a player at Virginia, took home the national championship title with her South Carolina Gamecocks. On this night, Staley also joined Carolyn Peck, becoming the second Black woman to win a women’s basketball title.
“I’m going to have to pass a piece of my net on to somebody else so they can share and hopefully accomplish something as big as this. I do have to give a shout-out to Carolyn Peck, and I will return her net, thankfully.” – Dawn Staley