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Dec. 16, 1997

Wendy Palmer’s Number To Be Retired On Jan. 2

Number 31, worn by Virginia’s two-time All-American Wendy Palmer (Timberlake, N.C./Person), will be retired in a ceremony on Jan. 2, prior to the Virginia women’s basketball game with Florida State. Game time is 6:00 p.m.

Palmer will join Dawn Staley, Cathy Grimes and Donna Holt as the fourth women’s basketball player at the University of Virginia to have her number retired.

Palmer, a 6-2 power forward, was considered one of the nation’s top power forwards during her college career and became the first women’s player in UVa history to record over 1000 points and 1000 rebounds. She was a two-time ACC Player of the Year (1995, ‘96) and a three-time All-ACC First Team (1994, ‘95, ‘96) selection.

She followed Pam Leake of North Carolina and Virginia’s Dawn Staley as the third player in ACC history to win two consecutive Player of the Year Awards.

In the Virginia record book, Palmer ranks first in career rebounds (1221), second in career field goals made (780), third in career scoring (1918), seventh in career steals (219), seventh in career free throws made (327) and ninth in games played (126).

After she graduated in 1996 with a degree in history, Palmer played professional basketball in Europe and was selected in the elite draft by the Utah Starzz of the WNBA.

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