Besides senior Tamika Whitmore
breaking a 21-year record with 45 points in the third-round win over Arkansas State, the Lady Tigers advanced to the second round of a post-season tournament for the first time since the 1994-95 season.One of McNelis' top recruits, Whitmore
finished the season as the national scoring leader with 26.3 points a game. In 1997-98, McNelis became the first coach to win two Conference USA tournament championships as her team, picked to finish third overall in the preseason, won the C-USA regular season championship for the second straight year, and then won the tournament championship for the second time in three years.
Also among McNelis'
top recruiting highlights is Tamika Whitmore
who ended her
stellar career last season as the second all-time leading scorer in school history.A five-time all-American as a senior, Whitmore
is the most decorated player in Lady Tiger history.A two-time Conference USA Player of the Year, Whitmore was the second player recruited by McNelis to be drafted to play in the WNBA.
Last summer, she
also became McNelis'
first player to participate on the USA Basketball R. William Jones Cup team that took the gold in Taipei, Taiwan. The University of Memphis Athletic Department
proudly announced the hiring of McNelis
on April 11, 1991.The former assistant coach at the University of Southern Mississippi
was very familiar with the Lady Tigers as she
had coached against U of M teams since 1986. McNelis had little time to recruit as she arrived at The U of M with just four days left in the spring signing period.
staff made up for lost time, signing six players during the fall of 1992.