Currie honored for role in establishing GSU women’s hoops

Mary Currie, who averaged 20.7 points and 8.3 rebounds over her record-smashing career, helped turn the Grambling women’s basketball program into a SWAC power in the 1980s.

That’s earned her 2010 induction into the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame, with ceremonies set for 6 p.m. July 17 at the Monroe Civic Center.

She enters the hall of fame with her former high school and college coach, Patricia Cage-Bibbs.
“Mary was actually my first player,” said Cage-Bibbs. “She’s kind of like my daughter. That’s how close we were. She started for me as an eighth-grader.”

Tables and individual tickets are still available for the event. Price is $500 for tables of eight; call Al Dennis at (318) 261-0898. Individual tickets are $60, and can be purchased through Dennis or the Monroe Civic Center box office at (318) 329-2837. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Cage-Bibbs, having claimed a 1983 Class B state championship at Dubach with this 5-11 scoring machine, moved on to Grambling with her top weapon. Currie would help Grambling and Cage-Bibbs establish a record of 56-28 between 1984 and 1987. They claimed a trio of Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season championships between 1983-85, too.

Before Currie and Cage-Bibbs arrived, GSU had produced just four winning seasons in eight years — with no championships.

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