Hall of Fame

Dollye Strickland Smith, Class of 1938

Induction Class of 2000

The Sunflower Junior College alum feels that one of her most important accomplishments may have been laying the foundation for today’s women athletes. She said that in those days women athletes were not really recruited like they are today and in order to get scholarships they would have to work for them at school. She remembered with a laugh, that “ in those days, girl athletes were endured-not endorsed.” Although there are no record of victories and defeats, Mrs. Smith remembers that the basketball team won lots of games, but no tournaments. One of the high points of her basketball career came in February of her freshman year when she scored 63 points against Northwest at Senatobia with her patented “sky hook.”

Dollye Strickland was a standout in high school in Earl, AR where she played for four years and earned All-District honors for three years. During that time she averaged an astonishing 32 points per game while her highest scoring game was 56 points.

Dollye’s basketball career at SJC was interrupted the summer after her freshman year when she met her future husband and they were married in 1939 and enjoyed 44 years together before he passed in 1983.

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