100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 62

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Purdue's Joy Holmes (1991, women's basketball)
Purdue's first women's basketball All-American, Holmes earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1991, the same year she was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. She ranks among the top 10 in various Boilermaker career categories, including third in steals (323), fourth in field-goal percentage (56 percent), sixth in field goals (682) and free throws (372) made, seventh in points (1,747) and blocks (131) and ninth in rebounds (744). The Mansfield, Ohio native was a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection and led Purdue to the 1991 Big Ten Championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Holmes was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade Team and has been inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame. Her son, Gary Harris, was the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year with Michigan State and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors while being named to the All-Defensive team as a sophomore.

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