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WILLIAMSBURG, VA - William & Mary Director of Athletics Terry Driscoll announced today that Lynn Barry, formerly Lynn Norenberg, the most decorated women’s basketball player in school history, will have her jersey, No. 22, retired at a special dinner in her honor on February 16th at the Fort Magruder Inn in Williamsburg. The dinner will be open to the public, with ticket information coming at a later date.

“Lynn’s achievements here are comparable to the men, John Lowenhaupt, Jeff Cohen, Bill Chambers, Keith Cieplicki, and Chet Giermak, who have had their numbers retired,” Driscoll said. “It is only appropriate that she receives the highest level of recognition that is bestowed upon athletes here at William & Mary.”

Along with the dinner, she will be honored at halftime of the William & Mary-Hofstra men’s contest that afternoon, and again on Feb. 17th, when the Tribe women take on Delaware, where her jersey will be raised to the rafters at William & Mary Hall.

Barry, the wife of NBA Hall of Fame member Rick Barry, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College in 1981 with a degree in Kinesiology. She compiled a 3.97 GPA and graduated seventh in a class of 869.

“Lynn’s success beyond William & Mary is a wonderful example of the student-athlete concept in her achievements here and her successes in her career after she graduated,” Driscoll continued. “She is someone who the current student-athletes here can admire and respect because they are participating in the same demanding athletic and academic environment that Lynn experienced.”

Considered the premiere female player in school history, Barry starred at William & Mary from 1978-81, where she was a four-year starter and team captain her last two years. She currently holds 11 school records, including career points (1,504) and career scoring average (18.3), along with the most points scored in a single game, with 39 against Virginia Wesleyan in 1980. All of her records were accomplished without the benefit of the three point shot, and she was hampered by injuries her last two seasons. A two-time Academic All-America selection, she was inducted into the William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.

“This is a proud moment for the William and Mary women's basketball program,” Tribe head coach Debbie Taylor said. “Lynn's success both on and off the court has set the standard of achievement for all William and Mary student athletes. We are all very excited about the opportunity to recognize Lynn for her many accomplishments.”

After graduating from the College, Barry earned a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky, compiling a perfect 4.0 GPA. After earning her master’s degree, she went to work as an enforcement representative for the NCAA, where she was the only woman on a 10-person staff of field investigators.

“Lynn was a leader both on and off the court as she epitomized the student-athlete concept,” said William & Mary Associate Athletics Director Barb Blosser, who served as Tribe head basketball coach from 1979-86. “Through my twenty-plus years at the College, I would consider Lynn to be the best offensive player to come through the program. She is a wonderful person and an excellent role model for female student-athletes. For her contributions at the College and beyond, she is very deserving of this very special recognition.”

Credited for being instrumental in the development and growth of women’s basketball both domestically and internationally, she served as an assistant executive director of USA Basketball from 1985-1996, where she organized all women’s basketball teams for participation in the Olympics, World Championships, Pan Am Games and numerous other events.

Following the United States gold medal winning performance in Atlanta in 1996, she left USA Basketball to become a special advisor to the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), where she currently assists the league with all facets of its operations and its many women’s initiatives.

Along with her WNBA duties, she has served on boards and committees for numerous women’s sports organizations, including the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the United States Olympic Committee.

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