WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Wirt grad Jackie Spencer

2013-04-22T18:00:00Z 2014-08-13T20:39:21Z WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Wirt grad Jackie SpencerMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
April 22, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Jackie Spencer never thought she would have her place in history.

While playing for the University of Louisville, the 1981 Wirt grad managed a feat that few men or women have accomplished. Against Cincinnati in a 1985 game, she recorded a quadruple-double with 14 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds and 10 steals.

Technically, it was the first in NCAA Division I basketball history. UCLA's Ann Meyers did in 1978 in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Tennessee-Martin's Lester Hudson matched the quadruple-double in the 2007-08 season.

"I really didn't know what I did because when you are in a game, you just go out and do what you have to do," Spencer said. "I look back now and it is amazing."

She left Louisville as the program's all-time leading scorer (1,443 points) and was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2011.

She also was asked to try out for the Harlem Globetrotters, but declined and has no regrets about not trying out.

"I was honored to be asked, but I just didn't want to try out," Spencer said. "I know they were holding a spot for a female, but I am not sure I would have made them."

Spencer is now an endoscopy technician at the Louisville VA Medical Center.

"I love working with veterans because I am one myself," Spencer said. "When I came back from Germany (playing basketball), I was stationed in San Antonio, Texas. I didn't not go to Saudi Arabia (Operation Desert Storm), but the tough part was a lot of people I knew did."

Spencer, who is 5-foot-6, said she loved every minute of the three years she played in Germany, just as she loved her days growing up in Miller's Glen Ryan Subdivision.

"We just had a blast back then, I used to follow my big brother Ron Gregory to the courts and play," Spencer said. "One time he let me beat him, then he told me, 'I let you beat me because I thought you might quit.'"

At Wirt, she was part of the beginning of the girls sports programs. She played for Rod Fisher and was a terror on the court.

"We helped put Wirt on the map for girls sports," Spencer said. "It was brand new and for us, we were pretty good, but we could never get by LaTaunya Pollard and East Chicago Roosevelt in the playoffs. She was great."

She wants to coach and start another career.

"My goal is to be a college coach and give back to a sport that has been so good to me," Spencer said. "I still love the game."

She volunteers on Saturdays at her church, coaching and teaching youth basketball.

"I love to give back," Spencer said. "I love to teach the game and I share a story or two along the way."

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