University of Louisville Hall of Famer Maureen “Reene” Wilkins Maloy passed away on Wednesday. She was 69-years-old.
Wilkins Maloy was a star athlete at Louisville from 1967-71, lettering all four years in both field hockey and basketball. On the hardwood, she led the Cardinals in scoring in each of her final three seasons, and served as team captain in both her junior and senior years.
As a senior in 1970-71, Wilkins Maloy was one of the top performers in all of women’s college basketball, averaging 21.2 points per game. That total would place her in U of L’s all-time top five for single season scoring average, but the NCAA (jn its infinite wisdom) did not start keeping statistics for women’s sports until 1976.
After college, Wilkins Maloy remained a fixture in the Louisville basketball scene. She served as Assumption’s head coach from 1977-80, was an assistant for the U of L women’s basketball team from 1980-87 (helping the Cards to three Metro Conference championships), and coached numerous youth teams around the city in the years that followed. She was inducted into the U of L Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Assumption High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
Before there was Angel McCoughtry or Shoni Schimmel or Asia Durr, there was Reene Wilkins Maloy. May she rest in peace.