Hall of Fame Inductees

As a way of honoring former athletes, coaches, contributors and teams, the Eastern Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1996. Currently, there are 61 individuals and nine teams in the Hall of Fame, as well as 12 recipients of the Hall of Fame Service and Contribution Award. The EWU women's basketball program has seen three former players, one former coach and one team inducted in the Hall of Fame.

Brenda Souther-Robinson (Inducted Feb. 21, 1998)



A dominating 6-foot-2 post from 1984-87 in the Mountain West Conference (now Big Sky), Souther was an honorable mention All-America selection and was a four-time All-MWC selection. She earned three first team honors and was a second team pick as a freshman, and in 1992 was selected to the Big Sky All-Decade team. Eastern teams were 74-38 (.661) in her four seasons as the Eagles placed in the top three and advanced to the Mountain West tournament all four years. In her senior season in 1987, Eastern upset regular-season champion Montana in the tournament's championship game and advanced to the NCAA Tournament against Oregon. She set Mountain West records for career rebounds (1,045) and blocked shots (364), as well as for single-season blocked shots (100 in 1984) and numerous tournament records. A standout from Arlington High School near Everett, Wash., Souther established more than 10 school records including career points (1,733) and field goal percentage (.582) in her 100-game career.

















Maria Loos Loefler (Inducted Sept. 25, 2009)

    Helping establish Eastern as a powerhouse in collegiate women's basketball, Loos scored 1,346 points (12.0 per game) with a school-record 1,407 rebounds (12.6) in 112 games from 1979-82. Eastern won 84 games in that span and appeared in the 1979 AIAW National Tournament. Loos, her teammates and head coach Bill Smithpeters laid the foundation for Eastern to earn membership in the Mountain West Conference starting in the 1982-83 school year. As a senior, she averaged 15.3 points and a remarkable 14.4 rebounds per game. She was an All-Northwest Women's Basketball League selection and was an all-tournament selection in both the Santa Clara Classic and the UC Irvine Christmas Tournament. She was also team captain twice and her team's most valuable player three times. Besides her career rebound record, she still holds Eastern records for most rebounds in a season (422) and game (27 versus U.S. International on Dec. 21, 1981). Loos, a 6-foot-2 post player, had a career high of 24 points against both Idaho and Boise State her senior season. A native of The Netherlands, Loos grew up in Royal City, Wash., and enrolled at Eastern in the fall of 1978. She earned her degree in recreation in 1982. Maria and her husband Rex have three boys.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Lisa Comstock-Schultz (Inducted Sept. 27, 2003)



Comstock was first team All-Mountain West Conference as a junior and senior in the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons on teams that had a collective 41-14 record and 23-5 conference mark (second both seasons). She still holds Eastern's career assists (658), steals (212) and free throw percentage (.769, 310-of-403) records while playing from 1982-85. She scored 1,336 points in her career to rank third in Eastern history. She also holds three single season records and two single game marks. She played one season of professional basketball in Wuppertal, Germany, where she led the team in assists and averaged 18 points per game. She returned to EWU to earn her bachelor's degree in recreation management in 1988, and a degree in physical education the following year. She began her coaching career as an assistant at her alma mater -- West Valley High School in Spokane before becoming a head coach at Lakeside High School in the 1991-92 school year. Now going by her married name of Lisa Schultz, as a head coach she directed Lakeside to girls' State 2A titles in 1998 and 2001. In 2001 her team finished 26-0 after rallying from a 22-point deficit to defeat defending champion Ephrata 63-61 in the championship game. Her first Lakeside team finished 0-14 in league play and 4-16 overall, but in her third season the Eagles qualified for State to start a string of 10-straight trips. Lakeside won eight trophies (top eight finish) in those 10 trips, with two titles to go along with finishes of third (twice), fifth, sixth and seventh (twice). In 2002 Lakeside finished third and was 25-1, and in 2003 the Eagles were 21-4 and placed fifth. In her 12 seasons at the helm, Lakeside was 252-55 for a winning percentage of .821, including a 50-game winning streak snapped during the 2001-02 season. Under Schultz, Lakeside had a string of nine-straight Great Northern League titles, as well as nine consecutive Northeast District titles. Those nine teams all won at least 21 games.

















Bill Smithpeters (Inducted Oct. 9, 2010)



Smithpeters compiled a 290-227 record in 18 seasons as Eastern's women's basketball coach from 1977-1994. He helped Eastern emerge as a success story in the AIAW, followed by NCAA affiliation through the Mountain West and Big Sky conferences. His teams won 20 or more games six times, and were conference runners-up three times during the regular season and three more times in the post-season. In all, his teams reached the conference post-season tournament six out of a possible 12 years. Eastern won the 1987 Big Sky Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship. In his second season as head coach in 1977-78,  Eastern advanced to the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Tournament and finished 24-9 overall. Three victories in the Region IX Tournament helped Eastern advance, including a 56-45 victory over Seattle University in the championship game. Eastern held its three opponents to an average of 41.3 points per game as Jae Jae Jackson was selected to the All-Tournament team. Three of the players he coached have been inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame -- Brenda Souther-Robinson (1998), Maria Loos-Lefler (1999) and Lisa Comstock-Schultz (2003).














 

1986-87 Team (Inducted Oct. 5, 2013)



The Eagles won the Mountain West Conference Tournament title to become the first Eastern team to earn a berth to the NCAA Division I Championships. The 1986-87 squad finished the year 18-12 and was 8-4 to finish third in the regular season in the Mountain West (now Big Sky). But the Eagles knocked off second-seeded Weber State 71-65 in the conference tournament semifinals, then upset host Montana 77-74 in the title game at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont. Eastern went on to lose in the NCAA Tournament to Oregon 75-56 on March 11, 1987, in Eugene, Ore., and snap EWU’s 10-game winning streak. The 1986-87 team was coached by Bill Smithpeters, who was inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2010 after winning 290 games as Eastern’s head coach. The squad was led by 6-foot-2 post Brenda Souther, a 1998 Eastern Hall of Fame inductee, as she averaged 21.9 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per game to earn honorable mention All-America honors. Souther was a four-time All-MWC selection, and in 1992 was selected to the Big Sky All-Decade team. Eastern teams were 74-38 (.661) in her four seasons as the Eagles placed in the top three and advanced to the Mountain West Tournament all four years. She set Mountain West records for career rebounds (1,045) and blocked shots (364), as well as for single-season blocked shots (100 in 1984) and numerous tournament records. A standout from Arlington High School near Everett, Wash., Souther established more than 10 school records, including career points (1,733) and field goal percentage (.582) in her 100-game career. Junior point guard Roj Johal joined Souther as a team captain in 1986-87, and averaged 10.9 points and 6.3 assists per game. She had a school-record 17 assists in a 74-71 road win at Idaho on March 1, 1987, a record that still stands. Other starters included Lisa Danner (12.4 points, 7.3 rebounds), Susan Smith (12.0 points, 43-of-90 three-pointers) and Sonya Gaubinger (5.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists). Other members of the squad who played that season were Angie Coleman, Karen DeVoir, Monica Dickson, Kelly Fitzgerald, Laurie Hattemer, Kris Karnes, Collette Smith and Bridget Vietz. Others on the team’s roster for that season included Deanie Burrous and Jodi Erickson, and the team’s assistant coaches included Soni Adams, Mike Divilbiss and Kellie Green.























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