As a college student, the Wichita native had qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, but the U.S. boycott of those games left her benched. She spent time playing in Europe and coaching at her alma mater before she got another chance to grab the gold in the 1984 Olympic games. As team captain, she led the U.S. to victory over the South Koreans.
Winning a gold medal is a worthy accomplishment for any elite athlete, but Woodard never forgot her childhood desire to become a Harlem Globetrotter. Her cousin, Globetrotter legend Hubert “Geese” Ausbie, had shown her a few tricks whenever he visited her family during holidays, and it left a strong impression.