Arledge has jersey retired at Western Carolina University
Monday, February 6, 2006
Arledge has jersey retired at Western Carolina University
Photo Credit: Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations
TIGERVILLE, SC- On Monday night (Feb. 6) the Western Carolina Athletics Department honored a women's basketball great as it hung the retired #25 jersey of all-time leading scorer, Jayne Arledge, from the rafters in the Ramsey Center. The ceremony preceded the Southern Conference battle between Western and rival, Appalachian State.

Arledge's jersey will hang alongside WCU men's basketball greats such as Ronald Rogers (1949-53), Henry Logan (1964-68), and Mel Gibson (1959-63).

“It is exciting to anytime you get honored, but it is an even bigger honor to go back to Western Carolina where I enjoyed going to school and playing basketball,” remarked Arledge.

A 1992 WCU Hall of Fame inductee, Arledge played for the Lady Cats from 1976-79, helping WCU to a combined record of 62-40. She continues to hold seven WCU single-season and career records. She scored 1,928 points in her career to rank as Western's all-time leading scorer, and also holds the all-time best scoring average of 19.5 points per game. Aside from the seven lists she tops, Arledge also appears in the WCU Top 10 charts for seasonal scoring average (21.7 points per game in 1979 and 19.4 ppg in `76); seasonal field goal percentage (55.1-percent in 1978); free throws made in a season (112 in 1979); free throws attempted in a season (168 in 1978); career field goal percentage (49.6-percent); and free throws made and attempted in a career (342-of-562).

“I am surprised that no one has come along and broken the scoring records,” said Arledge. “I thought by now that someone would have done it because players have gotten so much better and we have the three-point line now. I guess I just shot more than everybody else.”

Arledge was first female to receive athletic grant-in aid at Western Carolina University in 1976 and the first female to have her jersey retired in school history. Arledge was also Western Carolina's only four-time, all-state performer in the AIAW.

Arledge has spent the last twenty five years as head basketball coach at North Greenville University. Her team this season is 12-10. The team traveled to Cullowhee, NC Monday night to support their coach. “It means a great deal to me that the team came up,” said Arledge. “They had to practice at 6:00 a.m. to be able to make the trip, and had to give up a night and give up seeing the men’s team play. It is really special to me that they decided to come.”

RECORDS HELD BY JAYNE ARLEDGE:

* Points scored in a season - 544 (1979)
* Field Goals made in a season - 236 (1979)
* Field Goals attempted in a season - 461 (1979)
* Points scored in a career - 1,928 (1976-79)
* Career scoring average - 19.5 ppg (1976-79)
* Field Goals made in a career - 792 (1976-79)
* Field Goals attempted in a career - 1,596 (1976-79)