Birthdate: January 7, 1975
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Ohio
High School: Eastern High School, Beaver, Ohio (1993)
Colleges: Ohio State, Ohio University (1998)
Year Inducted: 2015
Marlene Stollings grew up in the small town of Beaver in Pike County and is considered one of the finest scorers to ever play in the basketball rich state of Ohio. At Eastern High School she became the all-time leading scorer (men and women) in Ohio with 3,514 points. She averaged 28.4 points per game as a freshman, 34.7 as a sophomore, 40.3 as a junior and 42.5 as a senior.
A four-time Southern Ohio Conference Player of the Year, she also averaged seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists per game as a senior. She was a two-time Division III Player of the Year and was named Ohio’s Miss Basketball in 1993. She earned Kodak All-American honors her senior season and her name currently appears more than 30 times in the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association) record books.
Stollings began her collegiate playing career at Ohio State University where she was a two-time scholar athlete for the Buckeyes. Stollings then transferred to Ohio University where she earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors after finishing eighth in the nation and leading the league in scoring at 22.9 points per game her senior year. She served as team captain for the Bobcats and earned Kodak All-American honorable mention honors in 1998. Stollings remains in the Ohio record books with 10 three-point baskets and 41 points scored in a single game. A school-record 87 three-pointers contributed to her 642 points — the third highest total in OU history.
In her honor, Feb. 19th was declared Marlene Stollings Day in Pike County Ohio. Marlene Stollings is currently the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Minnesota.