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Kristin McArdle
Kristin  McArdle

Women's Basketball (Inducted 2006)



Kristin McArdle lettered for four seasons in women's basketball at GW between 1988-92. Within those four seasons, the Colonials program turned the corner' from an Atlantic 10 second division finisher (9-19 in 1989) to a 25-7 conference tournament champion and back-to-back entries in the NCAA Tournament. Though an overall solid 71-47 in her four seasons, McArdle's junior and senior clubs averaged 24 victories and made the University's first two women's NCAA appearances, defeating Richmond and Vermont in '91 and '92, respectively.

Though just 5-foot-11, she managed to play all five positions for her head coaches, Jennifer Bednarik and then Joe McKeown. In fact, McArdle was so versatile, she became the first women's players in Colonials history to record a triple-double. Against Rhode Island on Jan. 9, 1992, she had 11 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 14 assists.

While McArdle left the bulk of her teams' scoring to her teammates, her name dots the Colonials' career records in the areas of rebounds (fifth with 830), assists (seventh with 386) and steals (fifth with 260). She also is found in single season records in rebounding (245, tied for 11th, 1990), assists (154, sixth, in 92) and steals (third, in 92). Her single game bests which appear in the GW record book are 20 rebounds (tied for second with four others), 14 assists (tied for first with Colleen McCrea 97) and seven steals (tied for 12th on the all-time list).

In 1992, she earned A-10 Academic All-Conference and GTE/CoSida Academic All-America district honors as well as being named regional recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year.

McArdle, a native of Gettysburg, Pa., lives in New York City where she continues to choreograph and dance both on, off and off-off Broadway. Prior to moving to 'the Big Apple' and pursuing a career in dance, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Australia where she received a master's degree in environmental history and aboriginal studies from the University of Sydney.