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Alice Ruth Bolton (born on May 25, 1967 in Lucedale, Mississippi), better known as Ruthie Bolton and also by her former married name of Ruthie Bolton-Holifield, is a former collegiate, Olympic and professional basketball player. Bolton played in the WNBA from 1997 through 2004 with the Sacramento Monarchs. She played collegiately at Auburn University. Bolton has also served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves as a transportation officer.
After being released by the Monarchs' as an active player in 2005, she returned to the Monarchs to work in their front office, specializing in public relations. Since 2004, she also has been serving as the Head Coach for the women's basketball team at William Jessup University, a California Pacific Conference school in Rocklin, California; she also dabbles in gospel singing.
She currently lives in Elk Grove, California.
Averaged 10.9 ppg (.396 FG%, .326 3FG%, .727 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.06 bpg and 23.0 mpg in 32 games played (one started)…Recorded a season-high 21 points twice against Portland, most recently (7/7)…Tied her career-high in steals per game with six at Portland (7/7)…Ranked second in the WNBA in steals per turnover (1.29)…Bolton’s average of 1.4 spg was her highest mark in a season since the inaugural 1997 WNBA season when she averaged 2.4 spg…Ranked ninth in the league with most three-point field goals made (43.0) and ninth in the league with most three-point field goal attempts (132.0)…Received three votes for the 2002 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award.
Averaged 7.2 ppg, (.388 FG%, .364 3PT%, .692 FT%), 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.90 spg, 0.03 bpg and 18.8 mpg in 31 games played (0 started) in the 2001 season… Had season–high 21 points and season-high nine rebounds at Seattle (8/4). . . Selected as a starter for the WNBA All-Star team, scoring six points, four rebounds, three assists and a game-high six steals. . . Ranked 14th in the WNBA in three-point FG made (40). . . PLAYOFFS: Averaged 11.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 121 minutes played in five playoff games.
Averaged 13.1 ppg (.361 FG%, .313 3pt%, .762 FT%), 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.17 spg, and 29.9 mpg in 29 games played (started 29) . . . Ranked 20th in the league in scoring . . . Recorded 10-plus points 20 times and 20-plus points four times . . . Led the team in scoring seven times and rebounding once . . . Tallied a season-high 28 points (10-20 FG, 2-7 3pt, 6-8 FT) at Portland (7/7) . . .Recorded a season-high six assists at Minnesota (8/4)… Played a season-high 40 minutes vs. Orlando, missing her career-high by only two minutes of play…Notched 25 points and five steals at Utah (6/26) . . . Missed three games due to injury
Averaged 13.6 ppg (.364 FG%, .321 3pt%, .798 FT%), 4.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.00 spg, and 31.3 mpg in 31 games played (started 30) . . . Ranked 14th in the league in scoring and 19th in free throw percentage . . . Finished third in the league in three-point field goals made (60), trailing only New York’s Crystal Robinson (76) and Minnesota’s Tonya Edwards (66) . . . Led the team in scoring eight times . . . Scored in double figures 24 times and tallied 20 or more points six times (Monarchs 4-2) . . . Played in the Inaugural WNBA All-Star Game (7/14) . . . Was named WNBA Player of the Week for games played Monday, August 9 through Sunday, August 15 after averaging 22.0 ppg (.558 FG%, .454 3pt%) and leading the team to a 2-1 record . . . Tied a franchise/career-high with 34 points, including a team record 13 free throws at Washington (7/2) . . . Matched own franchise-high with six three-pointers twice (8/13 vs. Cha., 6/24 vs. Utah) . . . Grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the season finale vs. Houston (8/21) . . . Dished out a career-high seven assists at Washington (7/2) . . . Missed one game due to back spasms (8/7) … Started and scored a team-high 15 points (6-15 FG, 1-6 3pt, 2-2 FT) and added one rebound, four assists, and one steal in 32 minutes played at Los Angeles in the First Round of the 1999 Western Conference Playoffs (8/24)
Averaged 11.0 ppg (.364 FG%, .154 3pt%, .759 FT%), 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.20 spg, and 26.6 mpg in five games played (started four) in 1998 . . . Missed 25 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on 6/29 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a partially torn lateral meniscus in her left knee
Selected First-Team All-WNBA after averaging 19.4 ppg (2nd in WNBA), 5.8 rpg (10th in WNBA), 2.6 apg, 2.35 spg (5th in WNBA), and 35.3 mpg (4th in WNBA) in 23 games played . . .Finished second in the WNBA in three-point field goals made (66) and also ranked 10th in three-point percentage (66-192, .344 3pt%) . . .Named the first-ever WNBA Player of the Week (6/21-6/29) . . .Twice scored a Monarchs record 34 points (8/8 vs. Utah and 8/12 vs. Cle.) . . . Led team in scoring 16 times, rebounding seven times, and assists four times.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Played in Turkey for Galatasaray of the Euroleague in 1996-97 . . . Averaged 25.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg during the 1994-95 season and 28.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg in 1993-94 with Erreti Faenza in the Italian League . . .Was the first American woman to play in Hungary (1991-92) and Sweden (1990-91).
Averaged 17.1 ppg for the Lavezzini Basket Parma of the EuroLeague in Italy during the 2002-03 off-season…Member of the gold medal-winning U.S. National Team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia . . . Trained with the National Team in the 1999-2000 off season, averaging 7.5 ppg (.413 FG%, .356 3pt%, .789 FT%), 1.9 rpg, and 1.3 apg in 31 games played . . . Helped Team USA capture a gold medal at the 1998 FIBA Women’s World Championships in Germany... Played in Turkey for Galatasaray of the EuroLeague in 1996-97 . . . Averaged 13.0 ppg (.447 FG%, .441 3pt%, .714 FT%), 4.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 2.87 spg as a starter in eight games for the gold-medal winning U.S. Women’s Olympic Team during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta . . . Member of the 1995-96 USA Basketball Women’s National Team that compiled a 60-0 record versus college and international competition . . . Averaged 25.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg during the 1994-95 season and 28.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg in 1993-94 with Erreti Faenza in the Italian League…A veteran of many USA Basketball teams including 1994 World Championship (bronze), 1994 Goodwill Games (gold), 1993 World Championship Qualifying, 1991 World University (gold), 1990 USA Select . . . Named the 1991 USA Basketball Female Player of the Year. . .Was the first American woman to play in Hungary (1991-92) and Sweden (1990-91).
Averaged 8.9 ppg (.511 FG%, .688 FT%), 3.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, and 1.8 spg in 132 games played during four-year collegiate career at Auburn University (1986-89) . . .Guided the Tigers to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and three Southeastern Conference Championships . . . Named Second-Team All-SEC as a senior . . . Led Auburn to a 32-3 record and the NCAA Tournament title game as a junior (1987-88) . . .Returned to NCAA Tournament title game the following season with 32-2 record before losing to Tennessee . . . Selected to the SEC All-Academic Team (1988, 89).