Women's Basketball To Retire Joanne McCarthy's Jersey

Former Flame Joanne McCarthy will have her jersey retired on Saturday.
Former Flame Joanne McCarthy will have her jersey retired on Saturday.

Jan. 31, 2001

Chicago, Ill. - The UIC Athletic Department will honor former women's basketball standout Joanne McCarthy (1992-97) at halftime of the UIC/Detroit men's basketball contest on Feb. 3, by retiring her #21 jersey.

The two-time First-Team All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference selection and 1996 MCC Player of the Year, McCarthy will become the first women's player at UIC to have her number retired.

"It's a great honor," commented McCarthy, who starred at Mother McAuley High School during her prep career. "I am so grateful to my parents, teammates and coaches who helped make all of this possible. Never in a million years did I think I would have my number retired, let alone be the first woman to have her jersey retired."

The Orland Park, Ill., native's jersey will join Sherell Ford (#24) and Mark Miller (#12) of the men's basketball team in the rafters at the UIC Pavilion.

Arguably the greatest women's player to ever don a UIC uniform, no player dominates the career record book like McCarthy. She finished her tenure in 1997 as the Flames' all-time leader in scoring (1,805), assists (430), three-point field goals made (238) and free throw percentage (.814) while also ranking third in steals (257) and field goals (552), and eighth in rebounding (556).

Her finest season may have been the 1995-96 campaign in which she led UIC to a 17-14 record - the most wins ever by a Flames' squad - and earned MCC Player of the Year honors after averaging 18.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest.

"Joanne epitomized the concept of the student athlete," remarked UIC Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. "She contributed great leadership throughout her career both on and off the basketball floor and is a real role model for young kids."

McCarthy currently resides in California where she is working as a make-up artist for television and movies in Hollywood.