Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
The Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame seeks to honor those who, in a superlative fashion, have contributed to the enhancement of women's basketball in Connecticut - either through participation, service, support, or achievement.
Excellence speaks with a voice of its own. On this web site we are privileged to share in that voice. The Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame honorees exemplify the finest achievements in the world of sport.
2024 Induction Luncheon
The 2024 Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (35th Annual) Luncheon will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at the Aqua Turf Banquet facility in Southington. This is a new location! 556 Mulberry St. - Plantsville, CT 06479.
Lee Franzman Team Recognition Award 2023
The 1976 Shelton High School Girls' Basketball Team coached by Bernice Nicolari is the recipient of the 1st Lee Franzman Team Recognition Award. The team was honored at the 2023 induction ceremony on April 23, 2023.
In 1976, the Shelton High School Girls' Basketball team earned the CIAC Class Double L (LL) State Championship with a victory over Lee High School of New Haven, which was the first state basketball championship won by any Shelton Gaelettes' basketball team. The team finished the season with 23 wins and one loss, earning their eighth straight Housatonic League Championship.
On the 40th anniversary of their state championship in 2016, the team was honored by the mayor of Shelton, Mark Lauretti, who said of the players and coaches, "they were pioneers for women's sports and helped to lead the way for future women athletes in Shelton." When expressing her deep appreciation for being honored by the town, Bernice Nicolari, the team's head coach from 1962 to 1979, stated, "her 1976 team took home the state title thanks to good players who had work ethics to match their talents."