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Support Builds for Duke to Retire Schweitzer's Jersey

Posted March 21, 2001

— The Lady Blue Devils are headed to the Sweet 16. Many people say that one player's performance should set a new precedent at Duke -- having a woman's jersey retired.

In her four years at Duke University, Georgia Schweitzer has helped propel the Lady Blue Devils into the top spots of college basketball. She is the only player in the history of the women's program to earn more than 1,500 points, 400 assists and 150 steals.

There is growing support for retiring Schweitzer's No. 23 jersey. Signs flash at games and e-mail petitions are circulating around campus.

The school has no hard and fast rules for retiring jerseys, but the men whose jerseys have been retired have all received national honors. Coach Gail Goestenkors thinks this might be Schweitzer's year.

"Once all the awards come out, I think we'll sit down, and hopefully, the right thing will be done by her," she said.

Duke is one of three ACC schools that has never retired a woman's jersey.


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