St. Paul Central to the U - Linda Roberts Ranks Among The Best of All-Time

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Still holding the all-time Minnesota rebounding record with 1,413 career boards, Linda Roberts remains a women's basketball legend at the University of Minnesota following a career from 1977-81.

If the Big Ten Conference had recognized women's basketball during Roberts' career, she would still hold the conference record for most career rebounds by a margin of 250 over Denise Jackson of Indiana (1981-84). During her career Roberts set 11 Minnesota school records, which is still the most for any one student- athlete at the U. For her efforts, Roberts was inducted into the Minnesota Women's Athletics Hall of Fame in the mid-1990s, in addition to, being selected No. 52 in the Star Tribune's 100 Most Important Minnesota Sports Figures of the 20th Century.

Roberts grew up in St. Paul, Minn., with her sisters Patricia and Sharon and her brother James. She also has a nephew Shaun Roberts, son of her sister Sharon. She attended St. Paul Central where she made herself visible on the basketball court. Roberts played three years on the Central varsity girls' basketball team during the 1970s. Her junior year she led the Minutemen to the Class AA title in the first Minnesota girls' state basketball tournament and wrote a new chapter in the Central High record book in 1976. She grabbed 14 rebounds in the championship game that year, which earned her All- Conference and All-State honors as well as a basketball scholarship to Minnesota. Roberts' honors were strong enough to get her team back to the 1977 state tournament.

Roberts high school career earned her several accolades, including being named one of the 25 best female athletes of the century in the city of St. Paul by the St. Paul City Conference. Roberts was also recently selected as the only female in a group of eight to the St. Paul Hall of Champions that included such inductees as Herb Brooks, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris and Dave Winfield.

In Golden Gopher history, there has not been another player that has controlled the boards like Roberts did in her 129 career games. She averaged 11.0 boards per game, summarizing her career as the only Gopher to lead the team in rebounding in every year of her career. From her sophomore year to her senior year, she was voted team MVP three times with her leadership and performances. But rebounding wasn't the only part of the game that she excelled in. She also was a major offensive threat for the team, ending her career with 1,856 career points which at the time marked a Minnesota career record. She still ranks fourth all-time for scoring, and along with Laura Coenen and Molly Tadich, are the only Golden Gophers to score over 1,000 career points and collect over 1,000 career rebounds.

At the end of her junior and senior seasons she was Wade Trophy Finalist, which is an award that goes to the best Division I women's basketball player in the country. As a senior she was also a Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention. Roberts was a member of two teams that advanced to the AIAW National Tournament and her senior year in 1980-81 she led the Gophers to a 28-7 record, the most wins in the history of the program. The Gophers finished that season in the final eight of the AIAW National Tournament. In 1980 she was a member of the AIAW All-Region 6 Team.

As a junior Roberts averaged 15.5 points and 11.8 rebounds, but she also went on to have a very successful senior season both individually and as a team. Roberts ended her career with a stellar senior season performance. Roberts averaged 12.4 points and 10.3 rebounds and shot 49.8% from the field as a senior. The tougher the competition, the better Roberts played. Looking back in a memorable win over St. John's of New York, Roberts scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a 78-63 victory which brought them to the quarter- finals of the AIAW National Tournament, the farthest the Golden Gopher women had gone in that tournament.

In 1989, Roberts was a Twin Cities Wilma Rudolph recipient which is an award that exemplifies the qualities that made Wilma Roudolph what she was; commitment, dedication and courage, which Roberts has shown throughout her life. On May 24, 1995, Roberts was inducted into St. Paul Central's Hall of Fame and in 1999 the Minnesota State High School League inducted her into the league Hall of Fame for her performance as a three-year starter at St. Paul Central.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1982, Roberts worked part time at the Hubert Humphrey Job Course Center where she was a supervisor/counselor for more than nine years. Later in 1992 she took a job back at her stomping grounds for the University of Minnesota as an Administrative Assistant/Program Coordinator for the women's athletic department and remained there for 13 years. After the merger of the men's and women's athletic departments, Roberts moved to the marketing department where she now works.

Still holding the all-time Minnesota rebounding record with 1,413 career boards, Linda Roberts remains a women's basketball legend at the University of Minnesota following a career from 1977-81.

If the Big Ten Conference had recognized women's basketball during Roberts' career, she would still hold the conference record for most career rebounds by a margin of 250 over Denise Jackson of Indiana (1981-84). During her career Roberts set 11 Minnesota school records, which is still the most for any one student- athlete at the U. For her efforts, Roberts was inducted into the Minnesota Women's Athletics Hall of Fame in the mid-1990s, in addition to, being selected No. 52 in the Star Tribune's 100 Most Important Minnesota Sports Figures of the 20th Century.

Roberts grew up in St. Paul, Minn., with her sisters Patricia and Sharon and her brother James. She also has a nephew Shaun Roberts, son of her sister Sharon. She attended St. Paul Central where she made herself visible on the basketball court. Roberts played three years on the Central varsity girls' basketball team during the 1970s. Her junior year she led the Minutemen to the Class AA title in the first Minnesota girls' state basketball tournament and wrote a new chapter in the Central High record book in 1976. She grabbed 14 rebounds in the championship game that year, which earned her All- Conference and All-State honors as well as a basketball scholarship to Minnesota. Roberts' honors were strong enough to get her team back to the 1977 state tournament.

Roberts high school career earned her several accolades, including being named one of the 25 best female athletes of the century in the city of St. Paul by the St. Paul City Conference. Roberts was also recently selected as the only female in a group of eight to the St. Paul Hall of Champions that included such inductees as Herb Brooks, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris and Dave Winfield.

In Golden Gopher history, there has not been another player that has controlled the boards like Roberts did in her 129 career games. She averaged 11.0 boards per game, summarizing her career as the only Gopher to lead the team in rebounding in every year of her career. From her sophomore year to her senior year, she was voted team MVP three times with her leadership and performances. But rebounding wasn't the only part of the game that she excelled in. She also was a major offensive threat for the team, ending her career with 1,856 career points which at the time marked a Minnesota career record. She still ranks fourth all-time for scoring, and along with Laura Coenen and Molly Tadich, are the only Golden Gophers to score over 1,000 career points and collect over 1,000 career rebounds.

At the end of her junior and senior seasons she was Wade Trophy Finalist, which is an award that goes to the best Division I women's basketball player in the country. As a senior she was also a Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention. Roberts was a member of two teams that advanced to the AIAW National Tournament and her senior year in 1980-81 she led the Gophers to a 28-7 record, the most wins in the history of the program. The Gophers finished that season in the final eight of the AIAW National Tournament. In 1980 she was a member of the AIAW All-Region 6 Team.

As a junior Roberts averaged 15.5 points and 11.8 rebounds, but she also went on to have a very successful senior season both individually and as a team. Roberts ended her career with a stellar senior season performance. Roberts averaged 12.4 points and 10.3 rebounds and shot 49.8% from the field as a senior. The tougher the competition, the better Roberts played. Looking back in a memorable win over St. John's of New York, Roberts scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a 78-63 victory which brought them to the quarter- finals of the AIAW National Tournament, the farthest the Golden Gopher women had gone in that tournament.

In 1989, Roberts was a Twin Cities Wilma Rudolph recipient which is an award that exemplifies the qualities that made Wilma Roudolph what she was; commitment, dedication and courage, which Roberts has shown throughout her life. On May 24, 1995, Roberts was inducted into St. Paul Central's Hall of Fame and in 1999 the Minnesota State High School League inducted her into the league Hall of Fame for her performance as a three-year starter at St. Paul Central.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1982, Roberts worked part time at the Hubert Humphrey Job Course Center where she was a supervisor/counselor for more than nine years. Later in 1992 she took a job back at her stomping grounds for the University of Minnesota as an Administrative Assistant/Program Coordinator for the women's athletic department and remained there for 13 years. After the merger of the men's and women's athletic departments, Roberts moved to the marketing department where she now works.