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Shelly Wallace


Inducted 2022

A 1985 Delano High School graduate, Wallace was an all-East Yosemite League selection in basketball, volleyball and softball several times. As a senior she led Delano to a 26-1 record and the program’s first Central Section girls basketball title. That season she was the EYL Most Valuable Player and The Bakersfield Californian’s All-Area Player of the Year.

She accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of Arkansas where she had a spectacular career. Wallace holds the school’s career rebounding record with 1,013 and is fifth on Arkansas’ all-time career scoring list (1,583). She is one of only two players in Southwest Conference history to surpass 1,000 career rebounds.

Wallace also holds the Arkansas school records for most points in a game (44) and most rebounds in a game (22). She also holds Arkansas records for most games with at least 30 points (7), most double-doubles (48), most points in a season (692), highest scoring average for a season (23.1), most rebounds in a season (381) and highest rebounding average for a season (12.7).

She helped Arkansas earn the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 1986 and helped the Razorbacks win the Women’s National Invitational Tournament in 1989. Wallace was an All-SWC first-team selection as a junior and senior.

Wallace was recognized as a Southeastern Conference Great in 2008 and was inducted into the University of Arkansas Ring of Honor (the Razorbacks Sports Hall of Fame) in 2019.

Wallace earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at the University of Arkansas. She declined an offer to play basketball overseas, choosing to return to Kern County after graduating and spent seven years as an accountant for the County of Kern. She works as a business consultant for Robert Half International in Dallas.