31  Betty Booker
Betty Booker

Hometown:
Hampshire, Tenn.

High School:
Hampshire HS

Last College:
Memphis State, 1980

Height:
5-5

Position:
Guard

Experience:
4L

Honors:
All-Time Lady Tiger Scoring and Career Steals Leader..(1976-1980)


In 1976, then-Memphis State University offered its first-ever athletic scholarships to female student-athletes, offering scholarships to Betty Booker and Regina Street.

Booker-Parks still holds the University of Memphis all-time scoring record with 2,835 career points...Averaged 20.7 ppg for her four-year career at then-Memphis State University from 1976-1980...Played in 137 career games and was a 44.5 percent shooter from the field and a 74.6 percent shooter from the free-throw line...Also added 308 career assists and 360 steals and 628 rebounds, despite being a 5-5 guard...Her 41-points scored against Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 18, 1978 is still the third-best single game scoring performance in the Lady Tiger record books...Her 360 steals also remains a career record in the Memphis record book...She was named to the All-Tournament Teams at the Blue Mountain Tournament (Jan. 1977), the TCWSF Tournament (Mar. 1977), the Murfreesboro Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament (Nov. 1977), the Metro Invitational Tournament (Dec. 1977) and the Warrensburg (Mo.) Tournament (Jan., 1978)...She scored her 1,000th career point against Middle Tennessee State on Jan. 30, 1978...Toured Italy with the American All-Star squad through Athletes in Action in 1978, playing teams from Russia, Italy and Yugoslavia...Also toured Europe with Athletes in Action 1979, playing seven games with a 6-1 record on a tour through Switzerland, Italy and Yugoslavia...Was drafted following her senior season by the New Orleans' Pride of the WBL, playing there before being traded to the St. Louis Streak averaging 10 points a game before the league ceased operations following the 1980-81 season...Began her coaching career following her pro stint, coaching at West Memphis High School before joining her former coach, Mary Lou Johns, as an assistant coach...Following her Memphis State coaching career, she coached basketball, volleyball and track for 14 years at White Station High School in Memphis, where she also taught physical education...While at White Station, she was named the TSSAA District Coach of the Year six times in volleyball and four times in basketball...She was named the Commercial Appeal's Best of Preps Coach of the Year in 1991, 1992 and 1993...In 1994, Booker-Parks was selected to play for the newly-formed Memphis Blues professional basketball team...That same year, she also took over manager and coaching duties for the Blues and guided the team to a second-place finish...She was inducted in to the M-Club Hall of Fame in 1985 and was inducted in to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 18th, 2005...She went in to school administration following her teaching and coaching career, serving as an assistant principal at Kirby Middle School in Memphis and is currently the assistant principal at Sheffield High School in Memphis...She remained in sports by officiating volleyball and basketball at the high school and collegiate levels...She is married to Jesse Parks, an assistant principal at Whitehaven High School.

Betty Booker is the Lady Tigers' all-time leading scorer.


Booker was Memphis State's first-ever women's basketball draft pick, being chosen by the New Orleans Pride.


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