WNBA assistant coach Jenny Boucek, along with three other former University School of Nashville basketball players, had their jerseys retired on Friday evening.
Boucek, a 2,000-point scorer at USN, played collegiately at Virginia, helping lead the Cavaliers to four regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference championships and three NCAA Elite Eight appearances, before beginning her career in the WNBA — one that has spanned 17 seasons as a player and a coach.
“It’s humbling to be part of this historic institution,” Boucek said of USN. “It’s renowned all over the country, and I am honored to have attended.”
Boucek, who played for the Cleveland Rockers during the WNBA’s inaugural season, spent three years as head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs (2007-2009), becoming the first in league history to serve as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
Other honorees on Friday included Ginnie Myers (’77), Fred Humphries Jr. (’79) and Will Howard-Downs (’99) — each of whom eclipsed the 2,000-point mark during their careers at USN.
“It’s quite an honor to be recognized in this way, but I never would have had the opportunity to do this without my teammates,” said Humphries, who, as a sophomore, set the Nashville Interscholastic League’s single-season scoring record with 883 points. “As I look back on my life journey, I remember fondly the memories made as a part of this great institution and the friendships I made during my time at USN.”
Added Howard-Downs, a two-time Mr. Basketball winner (1998, 1999) who went on to play four seasons at Belmont, “Having the opportunity to play all over the country in college basketball, it’s my memories at USN that I cherish the most about my playing career.”
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