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MSU Honors Longtime Lady Bear Coach, Cheryl Burnett, During Hall of Fame Weekend

The Missouri State University Athletics Department rolled out the red carpet to more than 100 former student athletes during a celebration honoring former Lady Bears basketball coach Cheryl Burnett. KSMU's Rebekah Clark reports.

During Sunday’s halftime ceremonies at the Lady Bears' home game against Illinois State, Burnett, along with over 4,000 spectators, watched the university ceremoniously retire a jersey in her honor from the ceiling of JQH Arena. Burnett became the fourth Lady Bears legend to have her jersey retired.  

According to the Missouri State Bears website, Burnett accumulated 319 wins during her 15 years of coaching the team from 1987-2002. During that time, Burnett led the women to NCAA Final Four appearances in 1992 and 2001. Her teams had 10 NCAA Tournament appearances.

During Sunday's ceremony, over 100 alumni female student athletes joined in the celebration to pay tribute to Burnett and to celebrate the 40thanniversary of Title IX.  That's the legislation that prevented educational institutions from excluding women and girls from sports based on gender.

For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.