Emmitsburg, Md. (January 9, 2017)—Mount St. Mary's University is set to retire the numbers of former basketball greats Susie Rowlyk (C' 95) and Chris McGuthrie (C' 96) on Saturday, February 4th. Rowlyk's number 35 will be retired at halftime of the Mount's women's basketball game against Central Connecticut on February 4 while McGuthrie's number 50 will be retired at halftime of the men's game versus the Blue Devils later that afternoon.
Rowlyk will be the first Mount St. Mary's women's basketball player to have her number retired. Inducted into the Northeast Conference (NEC) Hall of Fame last year and the Mount St. Mary's Hall of Fame in 2006, Rowlyk is one of four players in NEC history to twice earn NEC Player of the Year honors.
Rowlyk was named the NEC's 20th and 25th Anniversary All-Time teams while also earning a spot on the Mount's 30th anniversary team in 2005. She was named the NEC Player of the year as a junior in 1993-94 and followed that up by earning the honor again as a senior in 1994-95. She was twice named All-NEC while earning All-Rookie team honors as a freshman.
She is currently ranked sixth all-time at the Mount in career points (1,502), ninth in rebounds (766), ninth in blocks (67), and first in both free throws made (425) and attempted (616).
Along with her individual accolades, Rowlyk helped lead the Mount to four NEC regular season titles and three NEC Tournament crowns during her time in Emmitsburg. She was voted the 1994 NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on three NEC All-Tournament teams.
The Mount's record during her four years was a remarkable 93-21 overall and 64-6 against NEC opposition. She also led the school to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, taking on Iowa in 1994 and Alabama in 1995.
A member of the Mount St. Mary's University Sports Hall of Fame, Rowlyk finished her illustrious career as the program's sixth all-time leading scorer (1,502 points) and ninth on the career rebounding (766) list.
Rowlyk's also shined academically, earning an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship while twice being named the NEC Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
McGuthrie will be the fifth Mountaineer to have his number retired on the men's side, joining legendary coach Jim Phelan, Jack Sullivan, Fred Carter and John O'Reilly. Phelan has the number 830, representing his career win total, retired in his honor while Sullivan's 32, Carter's 33 and O'Reilly's 51 are the others.
A fan favorite, McGuthrie was a prolific scorer for the Mountaineers during his career from 1992-96. McGuthrie is the only Mount player to earn NEC Player of the Year honors after leading the Mount to the NEC regular season title as a senior in 1995-96. A two-time First Team All-NEC selection, he helped lead the Mountaineers to the 1995 NCAA Tournament as well as a spot in the 1996 NIT Tournament.
Second all-time at the Mount with 2,297 career points, he is the career record holder with 300 three-point field goals made. His career scoring average of 20.0 points per game is third all-time at the Mount, while he is seventh in career assists (426) and tied for sixth in career steals (202). During his senior season, he made a school-record 102 three-pointers while his 647 points that year are the third-best single-season mark at the Mount.
McGuthrie burst onto the collegiate stage, averaging 19.8 points per game as a freshman on the way to NEC Rookie of the Year honors. He averaged at least 18 points per game all four seasons at the Mount, including a career-best 22.3 points per game as a senior.
McGuthrie scored 20 or more points an astonishing 50 times during his career, topped the 30-point mark on 13 occasions, and scored a career-best 41 points in the Mount's win at Robert Morris his senior year. In one of his best performances in a Mount uniform, McGuthrie scored 37 points, including eight three-pointers, in the team's 71-69 win over No. 21 Georgia Tech on Dec. 18, 1995.
The first 250 fans in attendance for the women's game against Central Connecticut on February 4 will receive a t-shirt featuring Rowlyk's number 35 while the first 750 fans at the men's game will receive a t-shirt featuring McGuthrie's number 50.