RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Six names and faces are forever immortalized at Louisiana Tech, including current LSU women’s basketball head coach and former Lady Techster Kim Mulkey.
The Tickfaw native’s statue stands at the Sarah and A.L. Williams Champions Plaza. She was a star point guard for the Lady Techsters before becoming an assistant coach for 15 seasons, LSU Athletics said.
“It humbles you. It makes you reflect on your life, your career, the memories you have in college,” Mulkey said after her statue was unveiled on Wednesday. “I tell young people all the time college years are the greatest years of your life, and boy, was I blessed to play with some of the greatest players at a fine institution. So proud of Louisiana Tech, I pull for Louisiana Tech unless they’re playing against my teams.”
Five other statues were unveiled, including Terry Bradshaw, Fred Dean, Karl Malone, Willie Roaf and Teresa Weatherspoon.
Roaf said while he was in school it was all about women’s basketball, so it was on the football team to re-earn respect.
“This was my Alabama so I took a lot of pride in putting on that uniform every week and there are a lot of excellent football players who were making that transition that don’t have a statue out here that were excellent players but we look forward to somebody else coming forward with this program and having another one eventually,” said Roaf when talking to reporters.
Mulkey said she hopes one thing comes to mind when people see her statue.
“Women’s basketball meant something to this institution. Lady Techsters is a brand, it’s a brand. Anybody can be a Bulldog but when you say Lady Techsters, what are they talking about? They’re talking about the women’s basketball at Louisiana Tech University.”