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CEDAR CITY, Utah — Southern Utah University has marked at bit of school sports history, retiring for the first time a Thunderbird athlete's number.

The honor goes to Myndee Larsen, a 6-foot-5 center who played women's basketball for SUU from 1993 to 1998. Her No. 00 was raised to the rafter of Centrum Arena in a ceremony Saturday night before a crowd of more than 3,200.

"It was surreal," Larsen said. "It was the most amazing experience of my life, honestly."

While playing for SUU, Larsen set program records for field goals (707), rebounds (913), blocked shots (251) and field goal percentage (.632). She also set four single-season records and a pair of NCAA records, making 28 consecutive shots during a single four-game stretch. Larsen also shot .724 percent from the floor during her senior season.

"If we got the ball to her, she was going to shovel it in," said former SUU coach Larry Shurtliff, who recruited Larsen to Cedar City from her home in Idaho. "She always did."