This Day in Mountaineers History: Cindy “Sam” Booth Sets Single Game Steals Record


Today marks the 37th anniversary of the day that Cindy “Sam” Booth set the WVU women’s basketball single game record for steals.


Cindy “Sam” Booth came to West Virginia University as one of the first scholarship players in WVU women’s basketball history.

Booth was a talented 5’6″ guard that helped found the Mountaineers program, taking the Mountaineers from an inaugural 4-10 season to a competitive 19-7 squad by the time she graduated.

Booth recorded the program best 11 steals on January 20, 1975 in a road contest at West Virginia Wesleyan in just the second season of West Virginia women’s basketball.

Booth’s steals, paired with her 6 points from the field, helped fuel a 65-52 road victory for the Mountaineeers.

The record 11 steals would not be matched for 21 years until Maria Tchobanova would equal the mark in a January 4, 1996 victory over the Pitt Panthers.

Since her days in Morgantown, Sam Booth went on to earn her PhD in Athletic Training and currently serves as the Head Athletic Trainer at Moorhead State University in Minnesota.

Her professional and athletic accolades earned her induction into the Oak Hill High School Hall of Fame, where the photograph above is sourced (you can read more of her bio at their site).