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Posted on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 11:38 a.m.

Eastern Michigan to retire Laurie Byrd's No. 4 basketball jersey

By Staff

The No. 4 jersey of former Eastern Michigan women's basketball star Laurie Byrd will be the fourth to hang from the rafters at the Convocation Center.

The school announced that it is retiring Byrd's number at a Feb. 5 basketball doubleheader. She joins George Gervin, Grant Long and Kennedy McIntosh as the only players to have their numbers retired.

Byrd has remained the program's all-time leading scorer for 29 seasons, ending her collegiate career in 1982 with 1,899 career points.

She is the only player in program history to lead the team in scoring and assists in every season she played. And she still holds EMU career records for scoring average (19.2 ppg), field goals made (854) and field goals attempted (1,788).

Currently an assistant coach for the WNBA's New York Liberty, Byrd was previously an assistant with the Houston Comets and the Detroit Shock.

She also had an extensive professional playing career in the American Basketball League, the Women's Baksetball Association and in European leagues.

Byrd will be honored during a halftime ceremony of a 2 p.m. game against Buffalo on Feb. 5. The men's team will play Miami 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.