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When Jo Ann Osterkamp Henderson injured her ankle early in her senior year, the coaches weren’t sure she’d make it off the bench. But Henderson recovered, and the 1984 graduate went on to become the first basketball player in the University’s history to attain 2,000 career points.

Henderson has a history of firsts in her athletic career—the most recent happening on Feb. 22 when she became the University’s first female athlete to have her number retired. During a special halftime ceremony, Henderson’s No. 32 jersey joined men’s basketball players Byron Larkin (23) and Tyrone Hill (42) as the only players to have their numbers retired.

Other firsts for Henderson: leading the Musketeers to the AIAW State Championship and being named Third Team All-American as well as First Team All-North Star Conference. She was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

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