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Pitt Women’s Basketball Great Lorri Johnson Dies



Pitt women’s basketball great Lorri Johnson has died, according to multiple media reports.

Johnson, who had her No. 24 jersey raised to the rafters of Petersen Events Center in 2019, is Pitt’s all-time leading scorer with 2,312 points in her Pitt career from 1987-91.

Johnson became the first female athlete in Pitt history to have her uniform number retired last season. She was also selected as part of the Pitt Hall of Fame.

“Lorri Johnson was one of the best to ever wear the Pitt script,” Pitt head coach Lance White said last January at her jersey retirement. “Her name has been etched at the top of the record books for a long time, so I’m incredibly excited that we get to honor her by raising her jersey.”

A New Castle native, her career point total is the most by any Pitt basketball player, male or female. She played in 113 games for Pitt, averaging 20.5 points per game and also grabbed 908 career rebounds, eighth all time at Pitt. Johnson was a three-team All-Big East selection.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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