Peggie Gillom just tried to do her job as she understood it.
Taking that approach throughout her life and having a heap of talent too has gotten her inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Now Peggie Gillom-Granderson, Ole Miss’ career scoring leader joins her sister, Jennifer Gillom, and her Lady Rebels coach, Van Chancellor, in the Hall. The induction ceremony is Saturday in Knoxville.
The Ole Miss Spirit’s Jeff Roberson and I visited with Gillom-Granderson Wednesday afternoon. She maintained the humility for which she’s known. Her biggest concern for the weekend in Knoxville was how she was going to thank everyone who’s helped her along the way and fit them all into an induction speech that is limited to five minutes.
She mentioned a number of people, one of them the late Eugenia Conner, who played for Ole Miss from 1981-1985 and was an All-SEC center. Conner now has an Ole Miss award named in her honor. It’s presented each year to a junior or senior female student-athlete who exemplifies character and leadership on an off the court.
“You don’t have time to thank all those people. I’ve got to get it out. You just don’t have time, and there were so many people who were instrumental in my life, and some are gone,” Gillom-Granderson said. “One that really comes to mind is Eugenia Conner. She was my first recruit at Ole Miss, and I hate that she’s not here to share this with me. Not only her, but some of the fans. Oh my gosh, so many people, and I was just sitting here thinking, how can I thank all those people?”