March 4, 2009
Former Florida State women’s basketball standout Beverly Burnett will be among 12 former ACC student-athletes and coaches, who comprise the fifth annual class of ACC Women’s Basketball Legends, to be honored at the 2009 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, held in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 5-8, at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The honorees will be recognized during the ACC Legends Luncheon on Friday, March 6, as well as on the court at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 7. The ACC Women’s Basketball Legends program honors past players from each of the ACC’s 12 schools who have contributed to the league’s rich tradition.
Included in the class are 11 former student-athletes and two former head coaches that represent four decades of ACC Women’s Basketball competitors.
Tallahassee native Bev Burnett rounded out her Florida State career as one of the most prolific scorers in school history. A four-year letterwinner from 1985-89, Burnett finished her career with 1,509 points, a mark that ranks fourth in FSU history. She also ranks sixth all-time in scoring average at 15.6 points per game.
A team captain, the 5-9 forward earned All-Metro Conference First Team honors in both 1988 and 1989 and led the Seminoles in scoring in each of those seasons with averages of 21.3 and 15.9 points per game, respectively. Her 21.3 points per game average in 1988 still ranks as the second highest single-season mark in Florida State women’s basketball history.
Burnett is a six-time member of the FSU 30-point club and her 34 points vs. both Florida A&M (1986) and Virginia Tech (1988) ranks sixth for most points scored in a game by a Seminole. She was also named a third team All-American by the American Women’s Sports Federation in 1988 and has numerous conference player of the week honors to her credit.
She currently teaches sixth grade language arts and geography at Jennings Middle School in Seffner, Fla.
Burnett joins a star-studded list of Seminoles who have been honored as ACC Legends for women’s basketball: 2005 – Sue Galkantas; 2006 – Tia Paschal; 2007 – Latavia Coleman; 2008 – Wanda Burns.
2009 ACC Legends
BOSTON COLLEGE – Holly (Porter) Little (1993-97)
CLEMSON – Jessica Barr-Dennis (1992-94)
DUKE – Barb Krause (1978-81)
FLORIDA STATE – Beverly “Bev” Burnett (1984-89)
GEORGIA TECH – Karen Lounsbury Russell (1988-92)
MARYLAND – Chris Weller (Head Coach 1975-2002; Player 1962-66)
MIAMI – Kym Hope (1995-99)
NORTH CAROLINA – Jennifer Alley (Head Coach 1977-86)
NC STATE – Trena Trice-Hill (1983-87)
VIRGINIA – Valerie Ackerman (1978-81)
VIRGINIA TECH – Michelle Bain-Brink (1984-88)
WAKE FOREST – Alice Neal Maneval (1985-89)