Dixie Woodall, a former Northeastern A&M basketball player who went on to win almost 400 games in a distinguished coaching career, will be honored here Thursday night.

A dinner is planned for 5 p.m. at NEO’s “O” Club room and she will present the first Dixie Woodall Inspiration Award to a sophomore member of the Lady Norse team between games.

Northeastern A&M closes out the home schedule Thursday by hosting Eastern State College. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m.

“NEO is proud to host this evening in honor of Dixie Woodall,” NEO president Dr. Jeffery Hale said. “Not only will this award give recognition to Dixie’s many achievements, it will highlight another successful Lady Norse leader. Both Dixie and her award recipient truly exemplify what it means to be a Norseman.”

A member of the 1959 Lady Norse Basketball Team, Woodall was voted MVP of the Okmulgee All-Indian Tournament. 

She was a three-time Amateur Athletic Union All-American in 1964, 1966 and 1967. 

Woodall played on the Nashville Business College’s 1960 AAU national championship squad.

She posted a 390-97 record in 14 seasons as head coach at Seminole Junior College and Oral Roberts University. 

In 1976, her Seminole Belles won the NJCAA national championship.

Woodall was inducted into the Junior College Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2005, she was inducted into the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and was also recognized as one of NEO’s Outstanding Alumni.

For more information, contact the NEO Development Foundation at 540-6250.