The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by remembering a first in women's basketball history.
During the 1981-82 season, Sharon Jarrett became the first female basketball player at any level to score 1,000 points during a career. She ended her career with 1,594 points and has the sixth highest shooting percentage in program history.
Jarrett set the school mark in 1980 when she scored 595 points during her sophomore season. She then broke her own record as a senior by 29 points. She accomplished the feat by becoming the first TSU player to average double-figures in every season.
Jarrett was also a proficient passer, tallying 376 assists during her career. She has since been passed by two players since leaving TSU, but she broke the old school mark by nearly 100 assists during her senior campaign.
Although not very tall, Jarrett made an impact on the defensive end of the floor by clogging up passing lanes. She even set the TSU record for career steals with 198 in 80 games played.
After her playing career ended in 1982, Jarrett played basketball overseas in Venezuela where she led the league with 33 points per game.
Jarrett returned to TSU in 1984 and became the school's third women's basketball coach. She coached the Tigers for two seasons and compiled a 23-27 record.
Jarrett was inducted into the Tennessee State Spots Hall of Fame in 2010.
The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.
Sports Information Assistant Alex Mitchell contributed to this article.
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