Jan. 26, 2007
Florida State will honor the careers of Seminole greats Tia Paschal and Wanda Burns-Jackson at halftime of the FSU-Virginia women’s basketball game Sunday, January 28th at 2 p.m.
Paschal’s versatility made her a weapon in every facet of the game. She still holds the records free throws made (14) in a game and career steals (269). Paschal is among FSU’s top 10 in five season and six career records and ranks second all-time in scoring with 1,662 points.
Honors came in abundance for Paschal throughout her career. After redshirting the 1988-89 season with a knee injury, Paschal took the conference by storm as a freshman, earning Metro Conference All-Rookie Team honors. She earned Metro All-Tournament Team honors two seasons and was twice named the conference Player of the Week.
Paschal continued playing the game that she loves professionally. Paschal’s professional overseas experience included stops in
Today, Tia works for IBM where she is a project manager overseeing security for five buildings in
Wanda Burns overcame adversity to become a successful women’s basketball player at
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.
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 still ranks among FSU’s top 10 in four career and 11 single-season statistical categories. Last fall, she was inducted in the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Burns-Jackson now works with the Secretary of State Office. She and her husband Andre Jackson are raising their two children Constance and Andre Jr. In December, Wanda completed her master’s degree in counseling and psychology with a focus on rehabilitation.