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Jill Livezey Graves
Jill Livezey Graves
Year Inducted: 2013
Area of Distinction: Women's Basketball / Softball
Graduation Year: 1999

Jill Livezey Graves is proud to represent the women’s basketball and softball programs as a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee.  A two-time All-Dixie Conference selection in both sports, Livezey’s three-year career as a Battling Bishop was highlighted by a 1999 season that saw her named N.C. Wesleyan’s Female Athlete of the Year.

As a member of the women’s basketball program from 1996 to 1999, Livezey ranked as the program’s third all-time leading scorer at the time of her graduation with 1,244 career points. She garnered First Team All-Conference honors in both 1998 and 1999, in addition to NCWC Most Valuable Player accolades those same seasons. Perhaps most impressive, however, is Livezey’s being named MVP of the 1999 Dixie Conference Tournament. Not only did she lead Wesleyan to just the second league championship in program history, but she also led the Bishops to the second round of the NCAAs.

Livezey’s success on the hardwood carried over to the softball diamond. The Maryland native, in fact, still holds season records for assists (110 in ’97) and doubles (20 in ’99). Livezey’s stellar career culminated in 1999 with her earning AFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Region honors after leading Wesleyan to its second straight Conference Tournament crown and NCAA appearance. The success of that season followed a program-record 31 wins in 1998.  Overall, her three-year tenure saw NCWC post an 83-42 mark and set team season records for hits (400), doubles (77), RBIs (250) and winning percentage (.705).

From a women’s athletics standpoint, the 1998-1999 season remains one of the most successful in Wesleyan history. The fact that Livezey was named the Department of Athletics’ 1998-1999 Female Athlete of the Year further solidifies her legacy as one of the most talented two-sport athletes to ever wear the blue & gold. She is a 1999 graduate of the College with a degree in Physical Education.