Pitt women’s basketball will retire all-time leading scorer Lorri Johnson’s No. 24
Lorri Johnson will become the fifth Pitt basketball player -- and the first woman -- to have their jersey retired when she will be honored at halftime of the Boston College game Jan. 13 at the Petersen Events Center.
Johnson wore No. 24 while scoring a school-record 2,312 career points from 1987-1992.
“It is an honor to have my jersey retired,” Johnson said in a statement. “I’m excited to get back on campus and celebrate with my former coaches, teammates and this current group of Panthers. Pitt basketball will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Johnson will join men’s players Don Hennon, Billy Knight, Charles Smith and Brandon Knight who currently have their jerseys in the rafters at the Pete.
“She certainly sets the bar for our current and future Pitt basketball players,” athletic director Heather Lyke said. “Lorri is well deserving of this honor, not just because of her accolades but because during her four years at Pitt, she demonstrated a relentless pursuit of excellence. That is her true legacy as a Pitt Panther.”
Johnson, who led the team in scoring all four years, ranks eighth at Pitt with 908 career rebounds. She holds the single-season record for field goals (266) and the single-game mark for points with 45 against Kent State Dec. 18, 1990. Johnson also ranks third in program history with 677 points scored during the 1988-89 season.
She also is the leading scorer in New Castle High School history and ranks second in Lawrence County women’s basketball history with 2,110 career points.
“Lorri Johnson was one of the best to ever wear the Pitt script,” Pitt coach Lance White said. “Her name has been etched at the top of the record books for a long time, so I’m incredibly excited that we get to honor her by raising her jersey.”
Pitt will play Gannon in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Pete before opening the regular season at home Nov. 7 against Central Florida. The game will be the annual “School Day”, starting at 11 a.m. with another former great Shavonte Zellous scheduled to be in attendance.