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BYU basketball: No. 22 jersey retired in honor of Beene McBride

By Mason Porter

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Feb. 23 2013 6:20 p.m. MST

PROVO, Utah – The No. 22 jersey of Jackie Beene McBride was retired in a halftime ceremony during the BYU vs. Gonzaga game Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center.

Beene McBride became the second Cougar to have her jersey retired, next to No. 44 Tina Gunn Robison.

"This is home for me, so it's nice that they're willing to hang some of my laundry up in the rafters," Beene McBride said during the ceremony. "The best four years of my life were right here on this court and right here at this university."

BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe, who was a contemporary of Beene McBride's during his athletic career at BYU, also spoke during the ceremony.

"The teams, championships and All-Americans that we have today are results of what you and your teammates have done and the traditions that you set," Holmoe said.

The 6-foot-0 guard/forward, who played at BYU from 1978-1982, was a two-time Wade Trophy Finalist (national player of the year). As a senior, she was an American Women’s Sports Federation first team All-American, a Basketball Weekly third team All-American and an AWSF All-America Honorable Mention honoree. In her junior season in 1981, she garnered an AWSF National Player of the Week honor and was a Kodak All-America nominee.

During her sophomore year, she ranked eighth nationally in field goal percentage, shooting 52.2 percent. As a junior, she ranked ninth nationally in scoring with a 22.5 points average. She concluded her career as the second women’s basketball player at BYU to score 2,000 points with a total of 2,191. She remains as one of only four players to have reached 2,000 points. In her senior, season she ranked 29th nationally in scoring averaging 21.4 points per game.

The four-year letterwinner is currently the third all-time leading scorer in BYU history. Her 680 rebounds rank seventh all-time, her 390 assists are ninth, her 293 steals are third and her 92 total blocks rank fifth.

Her career included three Intermountain Athletic Conference Western Division First Team citations and two AIAW Region VII All-Tournament Team awards. She was named to six all-tournament teams and picked up two tournament MVP honors.

The Cougar Club bestowed Beene McBride two prestigious accolades. In 1981 she received the Crowd Pleaser award and was the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete in 1982. Beene McBride was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in November 1999.

Beene McBride graduated from BYU in 1984 with a degree in family sciences and child development. She is married to Brent McBride. The couple, who reside in Meridian, Idaho, has three children — Erin, Michael and Andi — and three grandchildren.

Mason Porter is a Sports Information Director for BYU Athletic Communications. Contact him at mretrop@gmail.com.

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