TEMECULA, Calif.—The University of Hawai'i is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Rainbow Wahine basketball great and UH Circle of Honor member, Judy Mosley-McAfee on September 16, 2013 after a three-year battle with cancer.
Mosley-McAfee came to UH as a freshman in the 1986-87 season as a 6-foot-1 forward after a standout career at La Puente High School in California. She went on to be the most decorated player to ever don a Rainbow Wahine jersey. The two-time All-American (1989, 1990) still holds more than two dozen UH records and is only player ever to lead UH in scoring and rebounding for four consecutive seasons (1987-90). Mosley-McAfee also was a member of the Sacramento Monarchs during the WNBA's inaugural season (1997).
"This is a sad day for the University of Hawai'i 'ohana," former Rainbow Wahine head coach Vince Goo said. "Judy Mosley was the most dominating basketball player—male or female—that ever played for UH. No one has come close to equaling her record in scoring and rebounding. She was a great student who graduated in four years and was someone who was very proud to be a Rainbow Wahine. Judy was an All-American in every sense of the word and we have lost one of the school's all-time greats"
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Judy's husband Marvin, her four children, and her family and friends." says current Rainbow Wahine head coach, Laura Beeman. "To have somebody who set such a wonderful example for all student-athletes taken from us way too early adds to the gravity of the loss. As our team prepares to play this season, we will remember and play in memory of Judy as we honor her contributions to the Rainbow Wahine basketball program, the University of Hawai'i, and the State of Hawai'i."
"Judy was an outstanding basketball player; a team leader; and just a great person." says Associate Athletics' Director and Senior Woman Administrator Marylin Moniz-Kahoohanohano. "It's just so sad that she has left us too soon. But, I'm glad we were able to honor her when she returned to UH for our 30th anniversary of Rainbow Wahine Athletics a few years ago. She will always remain in our hearts because of how much she contributed to the Rainbow Wahine basketball program. She always followed and expressed her aloha for our basketball program."
For her career, Mosley-McAfee averaged 21.7 points and 12.6 rebounds a game and Mosley-McAfee is still UH's all-time leading scorer with 2,479 points (the only Rainbow Wahine to ever score 2,000 points) and the all-time rebounder with 1,441 boards. She is the only Hawai'i player to ever score more than 40 points in one game (46 at Pacific on Feb. 20, 1989) and she scored over 30-points 19 times in her illustrious career. Mosley-McAfee led UH to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament in her junior and senior seasons, earning All-America honors both years. The Pacific Coast Athletic Association Freshman of the Year in 1987, she was she was selected as the Big West Co-Player of the Year three years later.
In 1990, Mosley-McAfee won a gold medal at the World University Games. She then went on to play nine years professionally overseas in several different countries. In 1997, Mosley-McAfee became one of only 32 players chosen by the Sacramento Monarchs in the inaugural WNBA draft and is one of just two Rainbow Wahine players to ever compete in the WNBA. In 1997, she was also inducted into the Univeristy of Hawai'i Athletics' Circle of Honor.
Mosley-McAfee, who was 45 years old, is survived by her husband, Marvin McAfee and her four children. Funeral services are pending.
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