Former Lady Tiger set for induction in state sports hall of fame

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Former Northeast Mississippi Junior College basketball standout Kunshinge Sorrell Howard will be inducted into the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) Sports Hall of Fame in a formal ceremony set for Tuesday, April 26 in Jackson.

A reception is set for 6:15 p.m. with the induction ceremony starting at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Jackson on County Line Road.

During her time at Northeast, Sorrell made a name for herself on the hardwood in Bonner Arnold Coliseum from 1984-86 and carried the Lady Tigers’ basketball team to the national championship game in 1986.

During her time under Northeast women’s basketball coach Ricky Ford, Sorrell was named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State teams in both seasons with the Lady Tigers and pulled off the rare double by being named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Region XXIII team in both years at Northeast as well.

During her sophomore season, Sorrell helped lead the Lady Tiger basketball team to the national basketball tournament and collected first-team All-American honors for her final season with the Lady Tigers.

During the 1985-86 season, Sorrell and the Lady Tigers dropped only one game all season and scorched the record books for a 31-0 season before facing off against Odessa, Texas in the national championship game.

Following her time at Northeast, Sorrell took her talents to Mississippi State University where she was named to the All-Southeastern Conference team both years — 1987-88 and 1988-89.

Sorrell’s final year with the Lady Bulldogs saw the former Northeast Lady Tiger lead the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 20.7 points per game with 662 points in 32 games.

Despite only playing two seasons for the Lady Bulldogs, Sorrell amassed 1,292 points (20.8 points per game) — good enough for eight all-time on the Lady Bulldog scoring charts. All seven Lady Bulldogs ahead of Sorrell on the list played for four seasons at Mississippi State.

Sorrell was also only one of two two-year players at Mississippi State to break the1,000-point plateau. Mary Boatwright, a Lady Bulldog from 1979-81, amassed 1,177 points during her career.

In October 2010, Sorrell was inducted into the Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame along with Michael Grier (football), Phyllis Stafford Dilworth(women’s basketball), Jack Martin (men’s basketball) and David Carnell, Sr. (softball coach, athletic director).

Sorrell-Howard joins eight other Northeast sports icons in being inducted into the state hall of fame.

During the 2007 induction, Northeast saw three members inducted with former basketballstandout Adrian Smith, former basketball coach and athletic director BonnerArnold and former football coach and athletic director W.B. ‘Bill’ Ward, all getting the call to the hall.

Over the past three years, Northeast has see four other standouts inducted into the state hall of fame. In 2008, Kenneth Lindsey (men’s basketball) and Harold T. White (football, college president) both were inducted.

Harvey Childers, former men’s basketball coach, was inducted in 2009 while David ‘Nub’ Strickland, who went on to play professionally for the Denver Broncos of the NFL, was inducted in 2010.

The MACJC Sports Hall of Fame was founded to recognize outstanding athletes and coaches who have made an impacted on the sports scene in one of the 15 community/junior colleges throughout the Magnolia State.