MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State Director of Athletics Bob Krause announced Wednesday that the Wildcats will retire the jerseys of basketball greats Tammie Romstad (1978-82) and Priscilla Gary (1981-83) in a halftime ceremony during the Texas A&M game on Sunday, March 1, 2009.
“We are excited to announce the selection of Tammie Romstad and Priscilla Gary for jersey retirement at Kansas State,” said Krause. “Each of these individuals played a tremendous role in the development of our storied women’s basketball program. They represent much more than just All-America honors, victories and NCAA Tournament appearances for K-State. They have each enjoyed very successful careers beyond the basketball court and have served as great ambassadors for this university.”
In addition to the retirement ceremonies at the Texas A&M game, scheduled for 12 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum, the two women, along with this year’s men’s retirees Willie Murrell and Mitch Richmond, will be honored at a public luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 28, at the Clarion Hotel. Tickets to the luncheon can be purchased for $20 by calling the K-State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS.
Romstad’s No. 33 and Gary’s No. 10 will join the K-State women’s basketball retired numbers of Nicole Ohlde’s No. 3 (March 2004) and Kendra Wecker’s No. 53 (March 2005) in the rafters of Bramlage Coliseum.
Both players were under the guidance of K-State coaching legends, as Romstad began her career under Judy Akers (1968-79; 206-94, .687) and was followed by Lynn Hickey (1979-84; 125-39, .762).
A two-time Wade Trophy finalist, Romstad was K-State’s first women’s basketball All-American with her third team honor from the American Women’s Sports Team Federation (AWSF) in 1982. The 6-1 center from Independence, Mo., finished her career as K-State’s all-time leading scorer with 1,548 points and second in career rebounds with 779. She currently ranks seventh in both categories, while her career scoring average of 15.2 ranks fifth.
During her four-year career at Kansas State, Romstad helped the Wildcats to four straight 20-win seasons and a 95-37 (.720) record. She also appeared in two national tournaments including the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history during the 1981-82 season.
Romstad tallied 113 points (5.4 ppg) and 75 rebounds (3.6 rpg) in 21 games during her freshman season. She returned to the floor of Ahearn Field House for her sophomore season with a vengeance, recording K-State single-season records in scoring with 686 points (19.6 ppg) and rebounding with 337 (9.6). Both records still remain in Romstad’s name in K-State history. Romstad’s points per game of 19.6 ranks second in school history behind Wecker’s 21.0 from the 2004-05 season.
Romstad’s effort during her sophomore season helped K-State earn its first Associated Press national ranking since the 1976-77 season and earn K-State an appearance in the 1979-80 AIAW National Tournament in Atlanta, Ga.
After playing just 14 games during her junior season, which saw Romstad score 233 points (16.7 ppg) and pull in 116 rebounds (8.3 rpg), she returned to the floor for her senior campaign. Romstad was joined by incoming junior guard Gary to help propel the Wildcats to the first Big Eight title in the program’s history and the first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Romstad was the second-leading scorer in her final season with 516 points (16.1 ppg) and led the team with 251 rebounds (7.8 rpg) during her final season in Manhattan. In K-State’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game, Romstad carded a double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds while playing the full 40 minutes in K-State’s 78-75 win over Stephen F. Austin. Romstad’s 15 rebounds remain a Kansas State, NCAA Tournament record.
Prior to her arrival on the K-State campus, Romstad was a member of the 1977 U.S. Select National Team.
Gary garnered Kansas State’s first-ever Kodak All-American honor and was also a Wade Trophy finalist following the conclusion of her senior year in 1982-83. The product of Memphis, Tenn., was also a two-time All-Big Eight first team selection and two-time All-Big Eight All-Tournament team selection. She concluded her two-year career at K-State with 1,169 career points and 172 career assists. She currently ranks 18th in school history for career points and 25th for career assists. Her career point per game average of 18.3 is the highest career average in school history.
In her first season in Manhattan in 1981-82, Gary garnered her first All-Big Eight first team honor as she teamed with Romstad to lead the Wildcats to the first Big Eight crown in school history and the first NCAA Tournament appearance. In her NCAA Tournament debut, Gary tallied a game-high 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting in the win over Stephen F. Austin.
Gary followed her first round effort with another game-high performance of 18 points in 36 minutes of action in an upset win over No. 1 seed Old Dominion, 76-67, in the Sweet 16. The win propelled the Wildcats to the program’s only Elite Eight appearance against No. 2 seed Cheyney State. In the Elite Eight contest, Gary finished with 22 points. Her three-game tournament performance netted her on the NCAA Tournament All-Regional team (East).
She finished her inaugural season in 1982 with the Wildcats by scoring 583 points (18.2 ppg) and grabbing 157 rebounds (4.9 rpg). Gary received second team All-America honors from AWSF, second team All-America honors from Fast Break magazine.
While helping the Wildcats to a second straight Big Eight title and a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, Gary scored 586 points (18.3 ppg) and was named a1983 Kodak All-American and a 1983 Wade Trophy finalist. She also received first team All-America honors from Fast Break magazine, named the Middle America Player of the Year, garnered Kodak All-District V honors, All-Big Eight first team and All-Big Eight Tournament team honors.
In her second NCAA Tournament in 1983, Gary tallied 18 points in K-State Sweet 16 overtime loss to No. 2 seed Texas, 73-70. Gary earned NCAA Tournament All-Regional team (Midwest) honors for the second time.
In 1998, Gary
became the first woman to be inducted into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame.