Pitt announced that they will retire Jennifer Bruce’s No. 12 jersey in their game against Notre Dame on Feb. 19.
🚨 No. 1️⃣2️⃣ to the rafters 🚨
Jennifer Bruce will take her well earned place among Pitt basketball greats as her jersey will be retired!
🗓 Sunday, Feb. 19
📍 The Pete
⛹️♀️ Halftime Ceremony
— Pitt Basketball (@Pitt_WBB) January 12, 2023
Bruce played from 1981-85 and is one of the greatest players in Pitt history. She is second in points with 2,295 and first in field goals made with 896. She also played great defense, as she is third with 203 blocks, fifth with 998 rebounds and seventh with 203 steals in program history.
Her scoring average of 24.5 points per game as a senior in 1984-85 is the best in a season in Panthers history. She earned All-Big East honoree three times in her career and also Big East Co-Player of the Year in 1983-84 after she scored 23.8 points per game and grabbed 10.3 rebounds per game.
The ACC gave Bruce the Women’s Basketball Legends award in 2014, the first for Pitt and the Big East named her to their Silver Anniversary Squad, which recognized the conference’s best players in its first 25 years. Bruce scored 23.3 points per game and grabbed 9.7 rebounds per game in Big East conference matchups, which is the most and 11th most in a career, respectively.
Bruce also played high school at Carrick in the city of Pittsburgh from 1977-81. Her daughter, Shayla Scott, played for Pitt from 2007-11, scoring 998 points, getting 710 rebounds and creating 249 assists.
She joins the late Lorri Johnson (1987-91) as the second women’s basketball player to have Pitt retire her jersey, as Johnson wore the No. 24 jersey. The last person to wear the No. 12 jersey for Pitt is former guard Gabbie Green (2019-21).
She is also the sixth basketball player to have Pitt retire their jersey, joining Don Hennon (1956-59), Billy Knight (1971-74) Charles Smith (1984-88) and Brandin Knight (1999-2003).