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Rainbow Wahine hoops great Mosley-McAfee dies

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 06:31 p.m. HST, Sep 17, 2013

Judy Mosley-McAfee, the most decorated player to wear a University of Hawaii basketball uniform, died Monday after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 45.

Mosley-McAfee (just Mosley in her UH career from 1986-90), was a two-time District VII All-American and UH Circle of Honor inductee who led the Rainbow Wahine in career scoring (2,479 points), scoring average (21.7 ppg) and rebounding (1,441) among her dozen program records. She is the only player in UH hoops history -- men's or women's -- to eclipse 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and only player ever to lead the team in scoring and rebounding four straight years.

Mosley-McAfee, a 6-1 forward who hailed from La Puente (Calif.) High School, still owns the UH record for points in a game with 46 at Pacific on Feb. 20, 1989.

She was part of UH NCAA tournament teams under Vince Goo in 1989 (20-10) and 1990 (26-4) out of the Big West Conference.

"This is a sad day for the University of Hawaii ohana,"  former coach Vince Goo said in a UH release. "Judy Mosley was the most dominating basketball player -- male or female -- that ever played for UH. No one has come close to equaling her record in scoring and rebounding. She was a great student who graduated in four years and was someone who was very proud to be a Rainbow Wahine. Judy was an All-American in every sense of the word and we have lost one of the school's all-time greats."

Current UH head coach Laura Beeman said her team would play in memory of Mosley in the upcoming season.

"To have somebody who set such a wonderful example for all student-athletes taken from us much too early adds to the gravity of the loss," Beeman said.

Mosley-McAfee earned UH's Jack Bonham award for the school's most prestigious women's athlete in 1990, the same year she was Big West Co-MVP, carried the team to its first NCAA women's tournament victory at Montana, and won gold at the World University Games.

As a junior, she averaged a still-school record of 26.7 points per game.

She played in European leagues for seven years after her UH career, then was taken sixth by the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA's 1997 "Elite" draft. Mosley played 12 WNBA games that year and would play internationally for two more years through 1999. To date she is one of two UH alumnae to play in the WNBA.

Mosley-McAfee is survived by her husband Marvin McAfee and her four children. Services are pending.

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primo1 wrote:
RIP Judy Mosley-McAfee. One of the true greats to wear the green and white.
on September 17,2013 | 04:40PM
Lanaiboy wrote:
Wow. 27 years ago. It was during Mosely-McAfee that I started attending the Wahine basketball matches on a regular basis. I became of fan of hers and the Wahine program. My condolence to her family. We lost a great one.
on September 17,2013 | 05:59PM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
Didn't know she had cancer. Regardless, 45 is too damn young to die. The only positive is that she ain't suffering any longer.
on September 17,2013 | 06:34PM
redassbaboon wrote:
RIP Judy ..... Remember you from pickup games with the guys !!!!!
on September 17,2013 | 06:49PM
primowarrior wrote:
She was a marvelous player to watch and to represent the U of H. Her memory will live forever in the Circle of Honor. Aloha, and rest in peace.
on September 17,2013 | 07:18PM
kk808 wrote:
on September 17,2013 | 08:35PM
Eradication wrote:
A wonderful human being who happened to be an exceptionally gifted athlete. There have been many athletes, male and female, who have excelled both academically and in sportsat UH but none greater than Miss Mosley. Condolences and sincerest Aloha to the Mosley-McAvee ohana.
on September 17,2013 | 08:05PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Condolences to family and friends....
on September 17,2013 | 10:35PM
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