BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Jan. 3, 2013) – The Southeastern Conference 2013 Class of Women’s Legends showcases former student-athletes from all 14 SEC member institutions. Prior to the season, Ole Miss self-imposed a postseason ban that includes the SEC Tournament. Therefore, the school will not be represented with a legend this year.
The conference is announcing the legends from its Western Division schools today while the Eastern Division schools were announced on January 3. Each legend will then be celebrated individually on each Sunday and Thursday between January 13 and February 28.
The class will be honored at the 2013 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 6-10 in Duluth, Ga. Each legend will be honored during half-time of their teams first game of the tournament, all 14 individuals will also be honored as a group during the half-time of the first semifinal games on March 9. The Greats will then participate in an autograph session on the concourse between the two games. Complimentary posters of the Greats will be available at the session.
Blair Savage began her collegiate basketball career as a standout post player at Arkansas. She capped her career in Fayetteville as the Razorbacks' 10th all-time leading scorer with 1,072 points and currently ranks among the top 25 all-time in scoring for Arkansas. Playing under coach John Sutherland, Savage also set two game records for the Razorbacks, grabbing 14 rebounds in a half and 12 offensive rebounds in a game, both against Arkansas rival Oklahoma during her freshman season. Savage ranks 10th all-time in rebounds (675) and in the top 20 in assists (233). In 2000-01, she was named to Arkansas' Razorback Silver Anniversary team after averaging 9.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in her four years in Fayetteville. A 6-1 post player, she shot over 50 percent from the field in all four seasons in Arkansas. Also a standout in the classroom, Savage was an Academic All-America nominee in both 1990-91 and 1991-92, the first-ever time that Arkansas had two women's basketball teammates nominated for the award. In 1993, Savage was selected as the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Arkansas, and also received the NCAA/Entergy Winning for Life postgraduate scholarship. She earned her degree in secondary mathematics education from Arkansas in 1994, while serving as a student assistant coach with the Razorbacks.
Savage joined the University of Memphis as an assistant coach in 1994-95 working as a restricted earnings coach for two years. She earned her master’s degree in sports administration in 1996. She moved to a full-time assistant position in 1996-97, a position she held until 2002-03.
Savage followed her family to Middle Tennessee State working as an assistant coach with the post players in the A-Sun, before returning to Memphis as the head coach.
Hometown: Gravette, Ark.
Husband Bill Lansden (Associate AD for Development at Memphis)
Twin daughters Delaney and Madeleine
AS A PLAYER
Played two seasons in the Southwest Conference and two in the Southeastern Conference
Ranks 23rd in points scored with 1072
Ranks 10th in rebounds with 675
Ranks 17 in assists with 233
Ranks ninth in rebounding average with 6.8 rpg
1993 SEC Academic Honor Roll
1992 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Two-time SWC Player of the Week
1993 NCAA Women of the Year state winner
Entergy Postgraduate Scholarship 1993
Below is the list of the 2013 SEC Women’s Legends representing Western Division institutions:
ALABAMA – Dominique Canty, Basketball, 1996-99
ARKANSAS – Blair Savage-Lansden, Basketball, 1989-93
AUBURN – Becky Jackson, Basketball, 1980-84
LSU – Sandra Smith-Thompson, Gymnastics, 1980-83
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Alexis Rack, Basketball, 2006-2010
TEXAS A&M – Kelly Krauskopf, Basketball, 1980-83