Tusculum College guard Jasmine Gunn’s jersey will be displayed at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville.
Gunn’s jersey will be on display in the Hall’s “Ring of Honor” in recognition of her outstanding play during the 2009-2010 basketball season. Gunn becomes the first player in the program’s storied history to achieve this special honor.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Gunn posted a tremendous season for Tusculum, leading the Pioneers (23-10) to their third straight 20-win season and the program’s first NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship. The two-time WBCA All-American ranks eighth in the nation in scoring (21.6 ppg), 27th in steals per game (2.8 spg) and 38th in assists per contest (4.8 apg).
The 2010 consensus All-American put her talents on display during Tusculum’s magical postseason run, averaging 26.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per contest in the seven-game span to finish the season with 713 points, which is the third-highest single-season total in program history. The 2010 Southeast Region and South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year turned in one of the most impressive performances of her career on Mar. 13 against No. 20 Francis Marion in the NCAA Regional semifinal, pouring in a SAC-record 45 points on 11-of-15 shooting, while setting a pair of NCAA Tournament marks with 23 free throws made and 29 attempts at the charity stripe.
“What an incredible accomplishment for Jasmine, Tusculum Women’s Basketball and Tusculum College,” said Head Coach Adell Harris. “She is a special individual that elevates everyone around her and now she has helped put Tusculum Women’s Basketball on a stage reserved for the “elite” in our game. The recognition is well deserved and well earned. I’m very proud of her.”
The Antioch High School graduate scored 20 points or more on 19 occasions this season, including five 30-point performances, while notching four double-doubles and the program’s first triple-double in recorded history. Gunn also established a program- and SAC-record with 216 free throws made this season, going a perfect 8-for-8 at the charity stripe in the Southeast Region Championship game against Lander to eclipse the previous conference mark.
Gunn has received numerous individual accolades this season, including region and conference player of the year honors while being named to the WBCA/State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team and the Women’s Division II Bulletin All-America First Team. The 4-11 guard was also named the Most Valuable Player of both the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament and the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament.
Gunn has jumped nine spots on the program’s all-time scoring list this season, currently sitting fifth in school history with 1,619 career points through 95 games. The three-time All-SAC performer also dished out 158 assists this year to climb into third in program history, and sixth on the SAC’s all-time list with 528 career helpers. Gunn is currently ranked in the top 10 in nine categories in the program record book, including assists per game (1st/5.6), free throws made (3rd/492), free throws attempted (3rd/625), and steals (3rd/220).