|Megan Matthews Buning|
2017 is the second year in a row that an ex-softballer has been recognized, with Buning following Mississippi State's Chelsea Bramlett in 2016.
A former all-American pitcher for the Gamecocks, Buning ended her career with her name atop three of the program's all-time records and her 1,090 career strikeouts was good enough for #11 all-time in NCAA history at the time of her graduation. She twice earned all-conference honors during her career and was named the Gamecocks' Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2002, her senior season. She followed her collegiate career with a stint in the National Pro Faspitch professional league, where she was part of the 2004 league runners-up New England Riptide.
In more recent times, Buning has served a color commentator for Gamecock softball games on the SEC Network and SEC Network+ and works as an assistant professor at Augusta University in Georgia.
The 2017 Class of Women's Legends honorees will be recognized and honored individually during half-time of their team's first game of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament on March 1-5, and will be honored as a group during the tournament.