Shelly Brand Adlard

Shelly (Brand) Adlard is an Evansville, Indiana native who was elected into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. She is also the first women’s basketball player inducted into the Univ. of Evansville Athletic Hall of Fame.

Early Life

Shelly started playing basketball at Helfrich Park Middle School on the northside of Evansville. She learned to play basketball by rebounding for her brother, Mike, and her father didn’t hold back from just teaching his son. Something that wasn’t common in that era for girls to learn and excel at sports. In order to ensure that she learned to dribble with her left hand, her father would use a shirt to tie her right hand behind her back at the waist. Her father also blindfolded her in order for her to learn to dribble without looking at the ball.

High School

Shelly attended and played basketball for Evansville Reitz High School. In 1981 she led Reitz to the Indiana state title. She was the leading scorer and state tournament MVP. She scored 52 points in the Panthers’ wins over Marion & one-loss Rushville in 1981 state finals, hitting 15-of-21 field goals for 31 points in 74-47 state championship victory.

She was averaged over 18 points per contest as a senior and was rewarded by being selected as all-city, all-SIAC, all-state & the 1981 Indiana All-Star squad.


Shelly stayed local to play college basketball for the purple aces at the University of Evansville. She quickly became a record-setter as she set career marks in points (1,713), field goals made (718), assists (448), free throws made (277), free throw percentage (.743), & steals (164). She remains Aces’ all-time leader in points & field goals made. She also still continues to rank third in assists with 448.

She also led the nation in free throw percentage (90%) in 1983-84, and received an NCAA post graduate scholarship in 1985. She is considered the top offensive player in the program’s history.

She was the first women’s basketball player inducted into the Univ. of Evansville Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2012 she was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

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