PLAINVIEW, TX (WBU Athletics) - Wayland Baptist Flying Queen Morgan Bennett’s game jersey soon will hang in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Bennett’s jersey will be included in the WBHOF’s Ring of Honor, a collection of close to 100 jerseys of some of the top high school and college players throughout the country from this past season.
A 5-foot-8 junior guard from Shallowater, Bennett was named All-Sooner Athletic Conference First Team and NAIA Second Team All-American last season when she averaged a team-high 29.4 minutes a game for the 29-6, SAC Tournament champion Flying Queens. It was the program’s most wins in almost 30 years.
Bennett led the Fling Queens and ranked 10th in the NAIA in assists (5.3) while ranking second with a 3.2 assist/turnover ratio. The NAIA Scholar-Athlete also averaged 9.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals, and produced four double-doubles.
A letter requesting Bennett’s jersey from the WBHOF to Flying Queens coach Alesha Ellis stated: “The Ring of Honor is one of our favorite displays at the Hall of Fame and it has become one of our most popular exhibits as well. Not only does the Ring of Honor provide a colorful backdrop to the Hall of Fame’s many archives, but it also is our way of recognizing some young basketball players for their achievements in the sport.”
The Ring of Honor has been a part of the WBHOF since it opened in 1999. Ellis said the jersey of former Flying Queen Angeleigh Davis, an NAIA Second Team All-American in 2014, also was requested to hang in the Ring of Honor.
“Without a doubt, Morgan Bennett is definitely part of an elite group, and a part of history now, too,” the WBHOF letter stated.
Bennett’s jersey will be in place when former Flying Queen Carolyn Bush Roddy, a five-time all-American at Wayland in the mid-1970s, will be inducted on June 18. The Flying Queens' program now has nine individuals – five players, three coaches and a sponsor – inducted into the WBHOF. Former players inducted are Patsy Neal, Lometa Odom, Katherine Washington and Jill Rankin-Schneider; coaches are Harley Redin, who was part of the inaugural class in 1999, Dean Weese and Marsha Sharp (Queen Bees junior varsity and later Texas Tech coach); and sponsor is Claude Hutcherson. Also, former WBU Pioneer and storied high school coach Joe Lombard was inducted in 2016. In addition, the 1953-58 Flying Queens teams that established a record 131-game winning streak were recognized as Trailblazers of the Game by the WBHOF in 2012.
Earlier this month, it was announced that the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., will induct the Flying Queens program from 1948-82 when the Queens were instrumental in changes made to the game of women’s basketball. The Flying Queens will be officially inducted Sept. 5-7 at the Hall of Fame ceremony in Springfield.