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Olympic athlete Vicky Bullett was born on October 4, 1967, in Martinsburg. She grew up playing basketball with her six brothers, and at six feet, three inches tall, she held her own. One of her brothers coached her in high school where she averaged 35 points a game in her junior year. At University of Maryland, where she played basketball from 1985 to 1989, she averaged 16.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and set records for points scored, field goals made, and rebounds. She led University of Maryland to three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and a berth in the NCAA Final Four in 1989.

Bullett’s only option to continue her basketball career after graduating from college was to play abroad. She played professionally in Italy from 1990 to 1997 and was a four-time all-star in the Italian League. She also helped a Brazilian team win a league championship in 1998. She was selected to play on the U.S. women’s basketball teams in both the 1988 and the 1992 Olympic Games. After the 1988 team won the gold medal, the town of Martinsburg renamed a street in her honor. In the 1992 games, the women’s team earned a bronze medal.

Bullett was a charter member of the Women’s National Basketball Association, which began play in 1997 in the United States. She had a six-year career playing for the Charlotte Sting and the Washington Mystics. She was a versatile player, showing her skills in the front court by averaging 10.8 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. She scored 2,018 points in her six-year WNBA career. When she retired from basketball in 2007, she returned to Martinsburg. She has taught in the Berkeley County school system and coached at Hagerstown Community College. In 2011 she was named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

This Article was written by David Schau

Last Revised on December 03, 2015

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