The fourth Lady Razorback basketball player inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, Tracy Webb Rice was the fiery leader of the basketball team during its climb to power in the Southwest Conference era.
Webb’s scrappy play resulted in four consecutive 20-win seasons, the Lady’Backs’ first NCAA tournament appearance and first major title with the 1987 National Women’s Invitational Tournament.
The leader of a recruiting class that put Arkansas on the map, the Batesville, Ark., native stole more than the basketball during her four-year career.
Aside from 293 basketballs, Webb stole the show and the hearts of Lady'Back fans as one of the most popular on-the-court personalities of the mid-1980s. The first true point guard star, Webb finished her career holding almost all the Lady Razorback assist and steal records. She was the first Lady'Back player to earn "first team" all-Southwest Conference honors, a distinction that began her senior season.
She was also one of the first three Lady'Backs named conference player of the week. Her junior season team was the first in school history to earn an NCAA berth, losing by a point at Missouri in the opening round, 66-65. Her senior season was exciting as the Lady'Backs missed beating #1-ranked UT by a bucket in Fayetteville (59-56) and at the SWC Tournament (72-70), then was overlooked for a return trip to the NCAA. Fueled to prove they belonged in the NCAA, Webb's team crushed the WNIT field by a 16-point average as she was named the tournament MVP.
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