Dr. Kristi (McCulough) McTaggert
Year Inducted: 2011
Schools / Organizations: Taylorville High School
The University of Illinois
Biography: Dr. Kristi (McCullough) McTaggert graduated from Taylorville High School in 1992 after a record setting basketball career. A four-year letter winner in basketball, Kristi became the career leader in scoring with a total of 1836 points giving her a career average of 17.8 points ppg. She also made a record 108 career three-point shots. During her career, Kristi was credited with setting sixteen school records. As a senior, Kristi led the team in scoring and assists. Twice selected the team’s MVP, in 1990 and1992, Kristi was the floor leader and was also voted team captain of the Lady Tornadoes her senior year. During her career, the Taylorville girls compiled a 63-45 record and were Apollo Conference Champions in 1992. She was selected to the Apollo Conference All Conference Team all four seasons and was a pre-season USA Today All-American Player pick in 1991. She was selected to the Decatur Herald and Review and the Springfield Journal Register All Area First Teams and the Springfield paper also named her Area Player of the Year in 1992. The Chicago Sun Times recognized her on their All-State First Team and the Chicago Tribune named her to their list of Top Twenty Players in the State in 1992. Following her senior season, Kristi, was selected to play in the Edinburg All Star Game and the Illinois Basketball Coaches’ Association All Star Game. She was 3rd runner up in the voting for Ms. Basketball of Illinois. Basketball was not the only sport in which Kristi excelled. She was a four-year letter winner on the volleyball team and track teams. Following her high school career, Kristi accepted a scholarship to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and after red shirting her freshman year due to an injury, she became a three-year starter on the Women’s Basketball Team. In 1994, the Bluejays advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, beating Bowling Green in their opening game and then losing to defending National Champions, Texas Tech. During her career at Creighton, Kristi was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Academic All-Conference Team three consecutive years. Her performance on the court placed her in the top ten players at Creighton in both 3 point and free throw percentage. She was voted team captain and Most Inspirational Player in 1997. Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from Creighton, she attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, graduating in the top 10% of her class.