Bauman Has Jersey Retired Before Hometown Fans
DES MOINES, IOWA — Former Drake women's basketball standout Lorri Bauman had jersey retired during halftime of the Drake-Iowa State women's basketball game Sunday at the Drake Knapp Center.
"This has been one of the most fantastic weekends of my life," said Bauman. "The people at Drake have really made me feel welcomed. My family has been included in everything."
Bauman, a native of Des Moines, was the first woman in NCAA history to reach the 3,000 career point plateau.
She also set an NCAA Tournament record that still stands, scoring 50 points in the 1982 NCAA West Regional final against Maryland.
Sunday's special presentation also marked Bauman's first appearance in the Drake Knapp Center which opened during the 1992-93 season.
"I have a lot of fond memories of playing games at the Drake Fieldhouse but this facility is fantastic," said Bauman.
Bauman, who played at Drake from 1980-84, is the school's all-time scoring leader with 3,115 points and holds four of the top six single-season scoring marks in school history. She still owns the Missouri Valley Conference single-game scoring record of 58 points against Missouri State Jan. 6, 1984.
"You never forget those things," said Bauman. "It is still nice to hold some of those records after 20 years."
Bauman, who now resides in Gillette Wyo., still owns Drake single-game records for free throws made (22 vs. Northern Illinois, Nov. 26, 1982), field goals made (27 vs. Missouri State, Jan. 6, 1984)
During her career, the Bulldogs posted a combined 96-29 record while advancing to the 1982 and 1984 NCAA Tournaments as well as the 1981 WNIT.
Bauman was an all-state player at East High School and members of the current Scarlet girls' basketball team attended the game, sitting behind the Drake basket.
"I turned around after the halftime ceremony and saw them (players) in the crowd," said Bauman. "It was pretty emotional."