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Krista Pray-Hobbins
Krista Pray-Hobbins

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members Saturday, April 16, 2011 in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will kick off the evening which will be followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony is being held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.

The third inductee into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame is Krista Pray-Hobbins. She lettered four years on the women’s basketball team from 1980-83. Pray-Hobbins is NMU’s all-time leading rebounder with 953 for her career and is seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,260 points. She also holds the record for best field goal percentage in her career at 58.3 percent. She was the team Most Valuable Player in 1982. Three other records that Pray-Hobbins holds are field goal percentage in a season (64 percent), rebounds in a game (21) and field goal percentage in a game (100 percent on 8-for-8 shooting).

“Krista was a dominant player in the paint for NMU, controlling the boards for four years,” NMU associate athletic director Steve Reed said. “It was a historical time period for NMU, moving from Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) to NCAA Division II. Krista was a very positive representative for NMU as a student-athlete in all facets of her time as a Wildcat.”

“Krista was the first of many great centers here at NMU,” current head women’s basketball coach Troy Mattson said. “She led the way for women in the sport of basketball. She was a great role model that our current players can look up to.”

Pray-Hobbins lives in Livonia, Mich.

Tickets are available for the evening at $20 for adults and $15 for students at the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 906-227-1032.

The banquet is sponsored in part by Superior Oasis and Downtown EyeCare.

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