Adrian Mitchell-Newell, a Kansas City native who attended Central High, was honored Sunday as the fourth Kansas women’s basketball player to have her jersey retired at Allen Fieldhouse.
Mitchell-Newell, who is one of only two Jayhawks to post 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career, was recognized at halftime of the KU-Kansas State women’s game.
“I am truly excited to be back in this house and standing on this floor again,” Mitchell-Newell said during her acceptance speech. “I am so honored to receive this recognition, to be hanging up in the rafters with all these great athletes. But I am extremely proud to be hanging in the rafters with three other women All-American basketball players.”
Mitchell-Newell’s No. 21 jersey was placed beside those of Lynette Woodard, Angela Aycock and Tamecka Dixon at the south end of Allen Fieldhouse.
Mitchell-Newell ranks second all-time in KU history in scoring (2,124) and rebounds (1,288) while playing without a three-point line. A two-time all-Big Eight selection, the 5-foot-9 Mitchell-Newell was drafted into the Women’s Basketball League in 1979 and was an all-star for the St. Louis Streak in 1980.
KU and K-State also celebrated 50 years of women’s basketball on Sunday. The two programs played each other for the first time on Feb. 23, 1969.