By ZACH BIRDSONG
In February, Tullahoma’s Carla Northcutt-Glick was honored by her alma mater after being inducted into the Cleveland State Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
Northcutt-Glick, who is originally from Pelham, is considered one of the best women’s basketball players to suit up for the Lady Cougars, playing during Cleveland State during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. She was honored at a gala at the Cleveland Country Club on Feb. 2.
Graduating from Grundy County High School in 1990, Northcutt-Glick headed straight for Cleveland State. During her time playing for the Lady Cougars, Northcutt-Glick averaged 19.5 points per game, while adding 5.6 assists and 4.5 steals per contest.
She is currently the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer and was able to set a pair of on-the-court records. Included in that mark was draining seven of 10 3-pointers in a game, a school record, in an upset win over nationally-ranked Louisburg College (North Carolina). Northcutt-Glick totaled 36 points in that victory.
“That was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen,” said Rusty Melvin, former Cleveland State coach to The Nashville Banner after that game. “She not only did it on the offensive end, but she played good defense and did a great job of handling the ball for us.”
That same season, Northcutt-Glick also netted another school record by draining 30 of her 67 3-point opportunities. Her performance on the court allowed her to twice be named the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association’s Player of the Year. Both of those seasons, Northcutt-Glick was also named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 7 Team.
“She [Northcutt-Glick] does things with a basketball that no girl can do,” Melvin once told The Chattanooga Times-Free Press. “She shoots a perfect jump shot and has tremendous balance with her body. She’s just phenomenal. She’s playing like a boy in a girls league.”
Following Cleveland State, Northcutt-Glick went on to play at Mississippi State University. While at Mississippi State her coach Jerry Henderson once commented that, “Carla has the quickest first step in the SEC.”
As a Lady Bulldog, Northcutt-Glick shot 32.1 percent during the 1993 season, knocking down 18 her 56 3-point opportunities. That same season, she was also named the offensive MVP at the University of Colorado Classic Tournament.
Currently, Northcutt-Glick, works for AT&T and lives in Tullahoma. She is married to Kurt Glick, who is the Tullahoma City Parks and Recreation Director.