WBB Program Set to Honor Taylor

AMES, Iowa - Former Iowa State women's basketball player Megan Taylor will have her jersey retired at halftime of the Cyclones' game against Wisconsin on Sunday, Dec. 5, in Hilton Coliseum as a part of ISU's celebration of 30 years of women's basketball.

Taylor is the third women's basketball player to have her jersey retired. Tonya Burns and Jayme Olson had their jerseys raised to the rafters last season.

Taylor had a phenomenal career at Iowa State as one of the key parts of head coach Bill Fennelly's turnaround of the women's basketball program, putting Cyclone women's basketball on the national map as a perennial powerhouse. The 5-10 guard led ISU to its first-ever conference title in 2000 and two-straight Big 12 Conference Tournament championships. Taylor, a four-time all-conference selection, also led the Cyclones to four NCAA Tournament berths, including two Sweet Sixteen appearances and a trip to the Elite Eight.

Named the 1998 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year, Taylor started all 132 games of her career. She left ISU as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, and ranked among the top 10 in 17 career statistical categories. Taylor, an honorable mention All-America pick by the Basketball Journal, scored 1,866 points and pulled down 966 rebounds in her Cyclone career.

The Roseau, Minn., native was the third Cyclone to be drafted into the WNBA professional ranks after being chosen by the Minnesota Lynx in the fourth round. Taylor has returned to collegiate basketball, joining the women's basketball staff as a graduate assistant coach at St. Cloud State.

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