A year after winning the 1340 The Fan Greatest Texas Tech Athlete of All Time poll and being named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of fame in 2016, Sheryl Swoopes has now been named as a finalist for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

According to texastech.com, Swoopes joins a group of 12 finalists for the Class of 2017, which includes, Yelena Baranova, Rose Marie Battaglia, Sally Bell (official), Evelyn Blalock, Joan Bonvicini, Nora Lynn Finch (contributor), Christine Grant (contributor), Rick Insell, Louise O'Neal (veteran), Crystal Robinson and Kara Wolters.

From these 12 finalists, six will be announced as inductees into the Hall of Fame on February 12, 2017. The actual induction will take place on June 10, 2017.

Swoopes led Texas Tech to an NCAA Championship in 1993, winning Naismith Player of the Year in 1993. Following her career at Tech, Swoopes won three Olympic gold medals and led the Houston Comets to four WNBA Championships.