Jan. 29, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C –
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the fourth annual class of ACC Women’s Basketball Legends to be honored at the 2008 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, held in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 6-9, at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Legends will be recognized during the annual ACC Legends Luncheon on Friday, March 7, as well as on the court at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 8.
Representing Florida State in this year’s class is Wanda Burns Jackson. Sue Galkantas was the school’s first honoree in 2005, followed by Tia Paschal in 2006 and Latavia Coleman last year.
Burns overcame adversity to become a successful women’s basketball player at Florida State. One of Marynell Meadors’ first recruits, Burns was a highly-touted 5-8 guard out of Macon, Georgia. Though she carried a 3.0 GPA in high school, her SAT scores were below the required score to meet the new NCAA Prop 48 rule and she had to sit out her freshman season. Burns used the year to hit the books and get acclimated to campus life.
She hit the court in 1988-89 with something to prove. She averaged 11 points a game and led the team with 92 assists, helping FSU to its first winning season since 1983. She electrified the team in 1989-90 and sparked FSU to a 21-9 record and to the NCAA Tournament. Burns set an FSU record for free throw percentage and led the team in scoring, three pointers and steals. She earned the first of three Metro Conference honors during the season 1989 with a spot on the All-Rookie team. The next two years she led the team in scoring and found herself as a First-Team All-Metro selection.
In 1990-91, her final season, Burns was named Metro Conference Player of the Week, set a single game record with 10 steals in a game and led the team in three-point shooting. FSU enjoyed one of its most successful seasons with a record of 25-7. Burns led the Metro Conference in scoring at 18.5 points per game and scored double figures in 38 consecutive games. She was named Metro Conference Tournament MVP and Player of the Year and also earned Hanes Her Way NCAA Woman of the Year and Second Team All-American honors.
Burns was the foundation of Florida State’s ’90 & ’91 squads that produced the school’s first back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In three NCAA Tournament appearances, she averaged 15.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game.
More than 15 years after the end of her career, Burns’ name came be found throughout the Florida State record book. Her 10 steals against Alabama is still the FSU single-game high and she holds the single-season free throw percentage after shooting .857 from the line in 1989-90. Burns is in the single-season top ten for points, scoring average, steals, assists, field goals, field goal attempts, free throw percentage and three-pointers made.
When she finished her career in 1991, her 1,394 career points was fourth and she currently occupies the number eight spot. She also holds the distinction of being one of two players to be in the FSU career top 10 for points and assists. In addition, she is second for scoring average (16.0) and third for free throw percentage (.777).
After receiving the highest honor possible from the Florida State athletics department with her Hall of Fame induction in 2006, Burns had her jersey hung from the rafters in 2007.
The ACC Women’s Basketball Legends program honors past players from each of the ACC’s twelve schools who have contributed to the league’s rich tradition. Included in the class are 11 former student-athletes and two former coaches that represent five decades of ACC Women’s Basketball competitors.
2008 ACC Legends
BOSTON COLLEGE – Kerry Curran DeShazo (1990-94)
CLEMSON – Mary Anne Cubelic-Grant (1979-83)
DUKE – Calla Raynor and Lorraine Woodyard (Co-Coaches 1968)
FLORIDA STATE – Wanda Burns-Jackson (1987-91)
GEORGIA TECH – Bonnie Tate Goff (1975-79)
MARYLAND – Jasmina Perazic (1979-83)
MIAMI – Octavia Blue (1994-98)
NORTH CAROLINA – Tresa Brown-Tomlinson (1980-84)
NC STATE – Linda Page (1981-85)
VIRGINIA – Heather Burge Quella (1989-93)
VIRGINIA TECH – Amy Wetzel Doolan (1996-2001)
WAKE FOREST – Tracy Connor-Riddick (1992-97)