Interview: Vanderbilt women's basketball great Cathy Bender

Cathy Bender, who starred for Vanderbilt women's basketball from 1978-82, was named to the Vanderbilt Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Bender spoke with after the induction ceremony.


• First person in her family to attend college.

• First African-American woman to receive full VU athletic scholarship.

• Second female to receive full athletic scholarship at Vanderbilt.

• Senior year was her strongest, setting team record for assists in a season (262) and game (14) against Tennessee.

• The Commodores improved every season and reached 20 wins for the first time in 1981-1982.

• Helped the team make post-season AIAW Tournament (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women), 1979-80 and 1980-81

• Active member of the Vanderbilt and Nashville community as a board member of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, co-chairing the school’s first African-American endowed scholarship, and serving on the Metropolitan Nashville Sports Authority Board.

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