TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Families, friends, and supporters of Indiana
State athletics will gather Thursday evening as four Indiana State basketball
greats will be inducted into 21st class of the Indiana State University
Athletics Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Sycamore Banquet Center in the
Hulman Memorial Student Union. The presenting sponsor of the event is Old National Bank.
Women’s basketball All-American Melanie Boeglin will be joined by men’s basketball greats Nate Green, Michael Menser, and Matt Renn when the class is inducted which will begin at 7:15 p.m. (ET). A social time will begin the festivities at 6 p.m. with the dinner served at 6:30 p.m.
The four will also be featured in the Indiana State Homecoming parade Saturday morning in downtown Terre Haute and will be introduced during halftime ceremonies at the Indiana State-Missouri State football game which kicks off at 3 p.m. (ET).
Boeglin will become the 10th women’s basketball player at Indiana State to be inducted into the Sycamore Athletics Hall of Fame. She will join Amy Amstutz, Barbara (BJ) Graves, Amy Hile, Maybelle Steeg Lammers, Patricia Porter, and Denise Sharps along with multi-sport athletes Jan Conner, Ann Elizabeth Reifel, and Eleanor Forsythe St. John.
Green, Menser, and Renn join 24 former men’s basketball players who have already been inducted into the Indiana State Athletics Hall of Fame. Those include Bob Barker, Larry Bird, Ward Brown, Jerry Newsom, Carl Nicks, George Pillow, Sam Richardson, Charles E. (Butch) Wade, and John Sherman Williams along with multi-sport athletes Dick Atha, Birch Evans Bayh, Roy Burris, Charles A. (Cocky) Bush, Jim Carr, George Chestnut, Ray Goddard, Duane M. Klueh, Dr. John Miklozek, Lenny Rzeszewski, Howard L. Sharpe, Raymond Sparks, Fred Wampler, Paul (Billy) Williams, and Paul Wolf.
Boeglin was a dominate player for Indiana State from 2002 to 2006 and received numerous national and Missouri Valley Conference honors during her playing career. She was the first athlete in the history of the MVC to win the Jackie Stiles Player of the Year award and the Prairie Farms Women’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year award in the same season, both coming in 2006.
She was also named to several All-American teams in 2006 including honorable mention on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association/Kodak All-American Team, honorable mention on the Associated Press All-American Team, and third team on The Sporting News All-American Team. She was also named a First Team Academic All-American by ESPN the Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA).
Boeglin was the 2005 MVC Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Defensive Team and All-Conference Team all four years at Indiana State. She was also named to the 2003 MVC All-Freshman Team and was selected as the MVC Player of the Week nine times.
During her Sycamore career, Indiana State posted an 88-36 record, won or finished second in the MVC regular season three times, and participated in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament three times.
She holds numerous ISU records including career steals (436), career assists (685), career games player (124), and career free throws made (576), points scored in a season (600 in 2005-2006), free throws made in a season (166 in 2005-2006), assists in a season (237 in 2005-2006), steals in a season (123 in 2004-2005), points scored in game (46 against Drake on Jan. 26,2006), and field goals made in a game (19 against Drake on Jan. 26, 2006).
Green played for Indiana State from 1996 to 2000 and was the first player to earn Most Valuable Player recognition from the Missouri Valley Conference as a first team member of the All-Conference team while also being the Most Valuable Player as a first team member of the All-Defensive team.
He led the 1999-2000 Sycamore team to their first outright Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and the school’s first NCAA tournament bid in 21 years where ISU lost to Texas 77-61 in the West Region at Salt Lake City, Utah, the same site of the last Sycamore NCAA appearance in 1979.
Green was also an honorable mention All-MVC selection in 1998 and a second team pick in 1999 while being named to the Men’s Basketball All-Academic team three straight years.
He holds or shares several Indiana State records including career steals (240), steals in a season (92 in 1999-2000), and average steals per game in a season (2.9 in 1999-2000). He also tied the single game school record with eight steals against Eastern Illinois on Dec. 19, 1999. Green is also fourth in career blocks (109) and fourth in career assists (496).
Menser and Matt Renn were teammates throughout their basketball careers at Indiana State as they played from 1997 to 2001.
Both were on the 2000 team that made the school’s first NCAA appearance and won the first MVC regular season title in 21 years. They followed that up by leading the Sycamores to ISU’s first MVC tournament title since the 1979 season, their second straight NCAA appearance, and the Sycamore’s first NCAA tournament win (a 70-68 overtime win over Oklahoma in the South Region at Memphis, Tenn.) since 1979.
Menser was named to the MVC All-Newcomer Team in 1998, was named to the 2000 Honorable Mention All-MVC team, and was named to the All-MVC second team in 2001. He was also a three-time selection to the MVC Men’s Basketball All-Academic team three straight years.
He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the MVC Tournament in 2001 after averaging 21.0 points and 6.3 assists over the Sycamores three-game championship run. He also led the nation in assist/turnover ratio as a senior (184/46, 4:1) and recording nine turnover-less games during the season.
He holds the school record in career three point field goals made (283) and career three point field goals attempted (727) while also holding the top spot in three point field goals made in a season (92 in 2000-2001) and three point field goals attempted in a season (239 in 2000-2001). Menser also finished his career fourth in steals (188) and fifth in assists (184).
Renn was an All-MVC first team selection in 2001 after being a second team pick in 2000. He was a four-time MVC Men’s Basketball All-Academic team selection and was named a 2001 CoSIDA Academic All-American.
He twice led the Sycamores in scoring and rebounding with 523 points and 248 rebounds during the 2000-2001 season and 301 points and 184 rebounds during the 1998-1999 campaign. He also led the team in rebounding during the 1999-2000 season with 233.
Renn finished his Indiana State career as the fourth best rebounder (789 career rebounds) and ninth in points scored (1,347). He was also fifth in steals (165) and seventh in assists (426).