Former Friendswood standout honored by UT-Dallas


FRIENDSWOOD — The UT-Dallas Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that former Comet Chelsea (Edwards) Cragin was inducted into the UT-Dallas Athletics Hall of Honors. Cragin is part of the eighth class into the Hall of Honors and was enshrined in an on-campus ceremony on Nov. 9 as part of UT-Dallas' Homecoming festivities.

Chelsea (Edwards) Cragin, a native of Friendswood, was the first recruit by current Comet head coach Polly Thomason and helped set the ground work for a program which has now made 10 consecutive post-season appearances.

The UT-Dallas Comet's all-time leader with 426 assists, Cragin was a four-time All-ASC performer during her career and was tabbed the ASC East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2010.

As a freshman, the Comets' point guard was a part of the first UT-Dallas team to qualify for the ASC Tournament in 2007 and helped lift UT-Dallas to its only ASC East crown as a junior in 2009.

A three-time Academic All-ASC selection, Cragin was also named first team Co-SIDA Academic All-District as a senior. To this day, Cragin still ranks second all-time at UT-Dallas in points (1,314) and eighth in rebounds (445). She earned her bachelor's degree from UT-Dallas in Business Administration in 2009, graduating Cum Laude, and her master's degree in Business Administration in 2010.

"Chelsea was a true all-around player for us when we needed her to be," said head women's basketball coach Polly Thomason. "She was my first recruit here and she was the reason we were able to make our team a conference contender. She was our best offensive player and best defensive player when she was here and well deserving on her induction."