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Lisa Van Goor



A 1980 Yankton High grad, Van Goor was the first female to be inducted into the Colorado University Athletic Hall of Fame, in 1999. The 6-foot-3 center is still the all-time leading scorer (2,067), rebounder (1,145) and shot blocker (289) in Colorado basketball history - and she did all that despite missing more than half of her senior season due to injury. Her number "25" was one of the first three jerseys officially honored in basketball at CU - and the first for women. She was a member of the second class to be inducted - Byron "Whizzer" White was the lone inductee in the inaugural class. Van Goor was the first player in Colorado history (male or female) to score 2,000 career points. She also was the first to get 1,000 rebounds. She averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds in her career. A three-time all-conference and all-district player for the Buffaloes (1981-83, under coach Sox Walseth), she twice was a finalist for the national Player of the Year award. Colorado was a Top-20 team in 1981 and '82 and earned a spot in the postseason both seasons. She played on three national teams: in the World University Games in 1981 and the Jones Cup in 1982 and '83. Before women's pro basketball started in the United States, Van Goor played professionally in Spain, Italy and France for seven years. An all-star performer, she once was second in the league in scoring while playing in Spain. At Yankton, Van Goor was first-team all-state in 1978 and '79 and helped Coach Bob Winter's Gazelles win three straight state Class A titles. As a senior, she was named to a number of All-America teams, including the prestigious Parade All-American team. She entered the Yankton High Hall of Fame in 1995 with former Yankton and Colorado teammate Diane Hiemstra.










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