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Karen J. Freeman '83 - A point guard for the Golden Griffins between 1979-1983, Freeman led the Canisius team to its best season ever. During her years, the Griffs compiled an overall record of 80-28, finishing 26-5 in the 1981-82 season and advancing to the National AIAW Regional Competition. In that same year, the Blue and Gold compiled a 22 game winning streak covering a period of 98 days and finished the season ranked 11th in the country.  The following season, Canisius was stopped one game short of the Division II Final Four, having produced a record that was 10th best among Division II schools in the nation. In addition to achieving a College ranking of third in all-time assists (535) and 14th in career scoring (874 points). Freeman established herself as a powerhouse in the classroom.  She was one of 10 students nationally to receive a William F.X. Linskey Scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers Association and was a District II Academic All-American selection as a senior. After her graduation, Freeman was the head coach of the Wake Forest University women's basketball team and was a court coach for the 1988 women's Olympic Basketball Trials.  

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