Tina Gunn Robison's Basketball Jersey will be retired on Sat., 1/31/04, at half time of the BYU vs. Utah game (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
History will be made this Saturday, Jan. 31 at BYU when the jersey of former four-time All America Tina Gunn Robison will be retired. Gunn Robison who wore No. 44, becomes the first female athlete to have her jersey retired at BYU. The historic ceremony will take place at half time of the BYU vs. Utah game that tips off at 4 p.m., in the Marriott Center.
Gunn, who played for the Cougars from 1977 to 1980, had a record-setting career playing three seasons under head coach Courtney Leishman, and one season with head coach Elaine Michaelis.
"This is a great honor for me. I was very surprised when I was contacted by women's athletics," said Gunn Robison. "I appreciate this great honor and opportunity. It has brought back great memories from my time at BYU."
As a senior in 1980, she led the nation in points per game at 31.2 and in total scoring with 967 points. In addition, she ranked fourth nationally in rebounding with an average of 14.9 per game. For her efforts she was named the Women's Sports Federation National Player of the Year.
In her senior year, she was also named Kodak All-America First Team, American Women's Sports Federation First Team All-America, and was an Honorable Mention All-America for the Women's Basketball News Service.
During her career, the 6-3 center led BYU to three 20-plus win seasons, and three consecutive Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. She was twice named to the National Scouting Association All-America Team and was a two-time Wade Trophy Finalist. She was a first round draft choice for the Milwaukee WBL team.
Her BYU honors and records are just as impressive as she remains the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,759 points. Gunn is also the all-time Cougar scoring leader averaging 27.3 points per game and all-time rebounder with a total of 1,492 boards. She ranks second in field goal percentage .569 (1107-1943) and holds BYU's single game record for points with 56 vs. UNLV in 1979.
"This is a great moment for the women's program," said director of women's athletics Elaine Michaelis. "Tina was an outstanding performer, and exemplifies everything that BYU stands for. Throughout her college career, and even today, she has represented the school, the Church and the community with the highest standards."
The Cougar Club bestowed three prestigious awards to Gunn while at BYU. She received the Crowd Pleaser Award in 1979, the Outstanding Senior Award in 1980 and most recently was inducted into the Cougar Club Hall of Fame in 1990. She graduated from BYU with a B.S., degree in chemical engineering.
"Tina has been a perfect role model for so many young women throughout her life, and this indeed will be a special day for her, her family, and for all the past, present and future young women athletes," commented Michaelis.
She is currently working in the aerospace industry. Tina and her husband Scott Robison reside in Syracuse, Utah with their three children. Larry, (21) currently serving an LDS mission is Haiti Port-a Prince; Justin, (19) who is in the Russia Rustov Mission; and Kate, (16) a senior at Clearfield High School.
Family members, former coaches and teammates are expected to be in attendance at the halftime celebration of Saturday's game.