TENNESSEE – Kyra Elzy, Basketball, 1996-2001
As a student-athlete at Tennessee from 1996-2001, Elzy was a member of two national championship teams (1997 and 1998) and a national runner-up squad (2000). She helped the 1997-98 squad to a perfect, 39-0 record.
A four-year letterwinner who spent five seasons in a Lady Vol uniform after missing the 1998-99 season with an injury, UT won four SEC Championships and three SEC Tournament titles during Elzy’s stay in Knoxville. She played in 126 games and earned the Holly Warlick Defensive Player of the Year award in 1997, the Unsung Hero Award in 1998 and was on the 2000 USA Today All-Injury Team that recognized athletes that competed while overcoming medical issues.
Elzy became just the fifth freshman in Tennessee history to start her first game as a Lady Vol when she started at guard in the 1996-97 season opener against Austin Peay.
She was named to the 2000 and 2001 SEC Academic Honor Rolls and was a three-time member of the Lady Vol Academic Honor Roll and earned UT Dean's List honors each semester while in graduate school.
She also became the first UT player to earn her master's degree while still playing.