Former Pro Basketball Players Cardte Hicks and Musiette McKinney unite and welcome the Las Vegas Aces at the Cox Pavilion
UNLV advocate Musiette McKinney and former pro women’s basketball player Cardte Hicks united this week at the Cox Pavilion to welcome Las Vegas Aces. The Aces first game in Las Vegas will be May 27 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Hicks and McKinney was reunited after 30 years and met with a lot of laughs and tears along with Aces players Moriah Jefferson and Sequoia Holmes.
When Hicks and McKinney met on the court, they weren’t playing in the fancy style arenas, have the fans, cameras or paydays that players have today. After three season the league was disbanded in 1981 and that was around the last time Hicks and McKinney last saw each other. McKinney said, “you just can’t find the films and stuff from those times and that’s history.” They have set the tone for women players like Jefferson and Holmes.
Watching Hicks and McKinney reunite was a joyous moment for everyone around. Jefferson says for them, “that was just like yesterday and for me it’s going to be the same. This is going to be gone in a blink of an eye for me. I want to do as much as I can to help the league grow in a positive was so the young kids before me have something to look forward to.” When it comes to the Las Vegas Aces, McKinney says it’s been a long time coming and it’s big.” Hicks says We’re just excited. We’re going to have a part of it, I might even sing the national anthem.”
Hicks played with the San Francisco Pioneers from 1979-81 and says, “This is one of the best places that you can come and see new things happening. We know what the Aces are getting ready to go through here, it’s not going to be as hard.” McKinney is the coordinator for UNLV Gear Up program but also wears many other hats on campus. She was also recently named the inaugural University of Nevada, Reno, Las Vegas Bruce Shively Advocate of the Year Award.