Lusia Harris’ legacy added another chapter when the documentary celebrating her historic story won an Oscar.
“The Queen of Basketball” won the Academy Award for short subject narrative at the Academy Awards event in Los Angeles on Sunday.
It follows the tale of Harris as the sole lady to be drafted into the NBA in 1977.
The documentary, which incorporates Shaquille O’Neal and Stephen Curry as leader makers, appeared in July 2021 and Harris passed on two months prior at 66 years old.
“If there is anyone out there who doubts that there is an audience for female athletes and questions whether their stories are valuable or entertaining or important … let this Academy Award be the answer,” director Ben Proudfoot said at the award ceremony.
Harris was power as a 6-foot-3 place for Delta State, driving the school to three straight AIAW public titles from 1975-1977.
The NCAA didn’t hold a ladies’ ball competition until 1982, 10 years after Title IX was passed.
She found the middle value of 25.9 places and 14.5 bounce back and shot 63.3% in 115 school games.
The New Orleans Jazz chose the three-time All-American in the seventh round of the 1977 draft. She didn’t give a shot since she was pregnant.
She featured on the debut U.S. Olympic ladies’ b-ball group at the 1976 games and turned into the principal lady to score a point in b-ball at the Olympics.
The silver decoration winning program included Nancy Lieberman, Ann Meyers and Pat Summitt.