Lucy DeMartin & Tianna Kirkland Honored During Homecoming Activities

The Ferris State University women's basketball program retired the jerseys of two former standout players in conjunction with FSU's homecoming activities last weekend (Oct. 20-21) in Big Rapids, Mich.

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Jerseys Retired
The Ferris women's basketball program retired the jerseys of Lucy DeMartin (left) and Tianna Kirkland (center) during homecoming. They are joined by head coach Tracey Dorow (middle). Photo courtesy of Hoop Match Photography.
The jerseys of both Tianna Kirkland (1997-01) and Lucy DeMartin-Prior (2000-04) were officially retired as part of a number of ceremonies over the weekend. The two were honored at halftime of Ferris' homecoming football game against Ashland on Saturday (Oct. 20) at Top Taggart Field and presented with jerseys they wore during their playing careers. Additionally, a banner bearing their names was unveiled and will hang on permanent display in FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

Kirkland became the first FSU women's basketball player to earn All-America honors as she was named to the Division II Women's Basketball Bulletin Third Team All-America squad as a senior (2000-01). She was also the first All-Great Lakes Region selection in Bulldog history after leading FSU to a 16-11 overall record in her final campaign. As a collegian, Kirkland led the Bulldogs in rebounding three consecutive years and was the team's top scorer in both her junior and senior campaigns. The four-year letterwinner helped the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance in 1999-00.

Kirkland, now an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Michigan, finished her career with 926 points, 705 rebounds and 40 blocked shots. She presently ranks 16th on the program's career scoring list and is fourth in total rebounds at Ferris State. Kirkland led the GLIAC in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and earned All-GLIAC First Team honors as a senior after attaining second team recognition her junior campaign. A two-sport athlete, Kirkland also competed in track and field at Ferris. She claimed All-America accolades three times during her Bulldog track career. Kirkland placed fifth in the shot put and sixth in the discus at the 2002 NCAA-II Outdoor Championships along with fourth in the shot put at the 2002 NCAA-II Indoor Championships. She continues to hold the school's outdoor record (153-7) in the discus.

DeMartin-Prior attained Division II Women's Basketball Bulletin Honorable Mention All-America accolades in 2003-04, joining Kirkland as the only FSU players to achieve All-America recognition at the time. DeMartin, who also attained both first-team 2003-04 Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region and All-GLIAC North Division honors, concluded her career as the school's all-time scoring leader with 1,721 career points. In addition, she posted a school single-season record 567 points in her final season and received first-team 2003-04 Verizon Academic All-America College Division kudos.

DeMartin-Prior was also a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection and among 40 national finalists for the NCAA Division II Kodak/WBCA All-America Team. DeMartin-Prior, who ranked as FSU's leading scorer (18.3 ppg) in 2003-04, finished her career as the school's leader with 402 made free throws and is listed among Ferris' all-time top 10 performers in field goals (605), steals (198), assists (356), rebounds (415), blocked shots (35), three-point field goals (109), three-point field goal percentage (.344) and free throw percentage (.778).

Both players were coached by current FSU head coach Tracey Dorow during their Bulldog basketball careers.

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