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HCA: Kamie Ethridge to have jersey retired by Texas Longhorns

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Cougar coach will be honored at Texas-LSU game Saturday

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She wore 33 like Larry Bird and and was the National Player of the Year for women’s basketball. She lead an undefeated team to an NCAA championship and won an Olympic gold medal. WSU women’s coach Kamie Ethridge was truly one of the legends of the game. This weekend she will be justly recognized as the first female athlete in the illustrious history of the University of Texas to have her jersey retired.

Ethridge was a two-time All-American point guard in her career spanning 1982-86. Her undefeated national championship team in 1986 was the first of it’s kind in women’s basketball. The same year she won the Wade trophy for the nation’s best player. She also won the Honda-Broderick Cup given the nation’s top woman athlete overall. Ethridge went on to win a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Ethridge finished her career as Texas’ all-time assists leader. She went on to a successful stint as an assistant coach at Kansas State and head coach at Northern Colorado before coming to Pullman.

Ethridge will be honored at Saturday night’s nationally televised Texas-LSU matchup at 4:30 PST on ABC. Awesome and well-deserved honor for Coach Ethridge!

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