Duke retires Lindsey Harding’s No. 10 jersey

Lindsey HardingDURHAM, N.C. Jan. 20, 2008  — Duke retired Lindsey Harding ‘s No. 10 jersey on Sunday, honoring the winningest point guard in school history.

Harding, a 5-foot-8, 140-pound guard, was the first Duke player to be picked No. 1 in the WNBA Draft when she was taken by the Phoenix Mercury and then traded to the  Minnesota Lynx. She was honored during halftime of the Blue Devils’ game against North Carolina State as a banner bearing her number was unveiled in the rafters at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“It’s great because I came here and I left my mark, and it’s always going to be here,” Harding said before the game.

Harding became just the second women’s player in Duke history to have her number retired, joining Alana Beard, whose No. 20 was honored in 2004.

The 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference female athlete of the year was the second player in Duke history with 1,000 points, 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 250 steals. She finished her career last season with a school-record 579 assists and led the Blue Devils to a school-record 128 victories during four seasons from 2002-07.

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