Itoro Umoh was a common denominator on both of Clemson’s ACC Championship teams. She was a top reserve on the 1996 team as a freshman, then starting point guard on the 1999 championship team when she averaged 12.5 points per game and was the emotional team leader. Umoh was the unanimous selection as the tournament MVP when she scored 54 points in the three games, including 26 in the championship game vs. North Carolina.
Umoh joined Amy Geren in making first-team All-ACC in 1999, leading Clemson to a #10 final ranking in the Associated Press poll and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. That team won a school record 26 games.
Umoh was named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary team in 2003 and became the first former Clemson Tiger to play in the WNBA.
Inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2008, two years later she became the first African-American head women’s basketball coach in Clemson history.