Women’s basketball star to be inducted into MAC Hall of Fame

May 15, 2013 | News, UToday, Alumni, Engineering
By Brian DeBenedictis



Former Toledo women’s basketball great Kim Knuth will be inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame Thursday, May 30, at the MAC Honor’s Dinner at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.

Other members of the 2013 MAC Hall of Fame induction class are Dave Keilitz (Central Michigan, baseball), Bill Mallory (Miami/Northern Illinois, football), Brad Maynard (Ball State, football), John Offerdahl (Western Michigan, football), Christi Smith (Akron, track and field) and Gary Trent (Ohio, men’s basketball).

Knuth was a two-time MAC Player of the Year (1997-98 and 1998-99), a three-time first-team All-MAC selection (1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99), and the MAC Tournament MVP in 1999. The former Rocket standout also was named honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press in 1998-99.

She stands as the MAC’s all-time leading scorer (2,509 points) for both men’s and women’s basketball. She also ranks first in league history in steals (368) and field goals made (899); third in three-point field goal percentage (42.6 percent); sixth in free throws made (548); and 19th in assists (484).

In Toledo’s career record books, Knuth ranks first in points scored, scoring average (20.2), three-point field goal percentage and thefts, tied for first in free throws made, third in free throw percentage (82.3 percent), fourth in overall field goal percentage (54.6 percent) and minutes played (3,731), fifth in helpers and ninth in overall caroms (779). She led the Midnight Blue and Gold in scoring as a sophomore (20.4), junior (22.0) and senior (25.4).

Knuth and the Rockets played in the NCAA Tournament in 1996, 1997 and 1999, as well as advanced to the WNIT in 1998. During her four years with Toledo, the Rockets’ record was 101-23, including 60-10 in MAC play.

The St. Joseph, Mich., native also was named second-team Academic All-America as a senior in 1998-99. She was a three-time Academic All-MAC selection and graduated cum laude from UT’s College of Engineering in 1999.

The 1995-96 MAC Freshman of the Year married former Rocket football player Ryan Klaer.

The MAC Hall of Fame was approved by the MAC Council of Presidents in 1987. The charter class was inducted in 1988 and subsequent classes were added in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994. After six induction classes, the MAC Hall of Fame maintained 52 members until it was reinstated in May 2012. This year’s class brings the number of MAC Hall of Fame inductees to 65 individuals from eight classes with seven Rockets part of that select group.

Toledo’s Members in MAC Hall of Fame

Kim Knuth, Women’s Basketball (2013)

Bob Nichols, Men’s Basketball (2012)

Tom Beutler, Football (1994)

Mel Long, Football (1992)

Frank Lauterbur, Football (1990)

Steve Mix, Men’s Basketball (1989)

Chuck Ealey, Football (1988)

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