UK Women's Basketball

Ex-Cat Whitaker named SEC Basketball Legend

UK's Jodie Whitaker drove the ball past Tennessee Tech's Celelia Ramsey in Memorial Coliseum December 7, 1987. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff
UK's Jodie Whitaker drove the ball past Tennessee Tech's Celelia Ramsey in Memorial Coliseum December 7, 1987. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff Herald-Leader

Former University of Kentucky women's basketball standout Jodie Whitaker has been selected as the Wildcats' Southeastern Conference Basketball Legend and will be honored at this year's SEC Tournament in Duluth, Ga.

Whitaker, a native of Fishers, Ind., who played guard at Kentucky from 1986-89, is one of UK's all-time leading scorers. She scored 1,433 points which ranks 13th on UK's career scoring list. She was a two-time All-SEC selection by league coaches and earned SEC All-Tournament honors in 1988. She ranks in the top 10 on six UK career lists, including third all-time in free-throw percentage, assists, and assists per game.

After graduating from UK, Whitaker spent 13 years as the head girls' basketball coach at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis before retiring in 2009. She currently teaches physical education at Skiles Test Elementary School in Indianapolis.

Whitaker is one of 45-plus alumni who will be honored at halftime of Sunday's game vs. Arkansas for Alumni Day.

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