Ruth Riley, a three-time All-America center at Notre Dame and the 2001 consensus national player of the year, was inducted into Notre Dame's Ring of Honor on Friday Nov. 12, 2010, during a pre-game ceremony before the Fighting Irish opened the 2010-11 season against New Hampshire inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
A banner honoring Riley's number 00 was unveiled Friday and now permanently will hang in the rafters of Purcell Pavilion, making her the first women's basketball player added to the Ring of Honor, and the second player overall following last spring's induction of men's basketball All-America forward Luke Harangody.
Beginning in 2010-11, the Notre Dame athletics department made plans to annually honor former and present men's and women's basketball and volleyball players who have made distinguished and noteworthy contributions during their career while student-athletes at the University.
The only player in Notre Dame women's basketball history with 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds, Riley ranks as the program's all-time leader in rebounds (1,007), blocked shots (370) and field goal percentage (.632). What's more, the Macy, Indiana, native ranks fourth in school history with 2,072 points, and holds the Fighting Irish single-game scoring record with 41 points (tied with Jewell Loyd) in a January 1998 win over Providence. Riley also played a pivotal role in Notre Dame's run to the 2001 NCAA national championship, earning Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors after scoring 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the title game victory over Purdue, capped by her game0winning free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining.
A 12-year WNBA veteran, two-time WNBA champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Riley was also the general manager of the San Antonio Stars from May 2016 until the team's sale and relocation to Las Vegas in the 2017-18 offseason. She currently serves as the Miami Heat's radio and studio TV Analyst. She earned her executive MBA from Notre Dame in 2016.