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ODU great set the standard for shot-blocking stars

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: March 15, 2013
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March 15, 2013

ODU great set the standard for shot-blocking stars

WACO, Texas

Long before Brittney Griner was swatting away shots for top-ranked Baylor, there was another 6-foot-8 women's player getting blocks at a record pace.

Anne Donovan was a dominating center for Old Dominion three decades ago with 801 blocks, more than Griner's NCAA-recognized record for men or women of 736 - and counting.

That was in a much different era of women's basketball.

"It's so funny. Every time they post her shot-block record I get a lot of phone calls," said Donovan, who averaged 5.9 blocks in her 136 career games. "The AIAW is a whole lot different than the NCAA today."

Donovan was part of the Lady Monarchs' AIAW national title as a freshman in 1980. She played 73 games under the AIWA classification, and 63 more after that including the first two NCAA tournaments, with a Final Four appearance as the host team during Donovan's senior season.

Read the full story by Hawkins and the Associated Press here.


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