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An Honor In The Hall

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June 3, 2011
Joe Reinsch

AZUSA, Calif. -- Inside the Felix Event Center’s Hall of Champions is a display case commemorating Azusa Pacific’s 2011 NAIA women’s basketball national title. The jerseys of NAIA All-American Cougars Alex Moore-Porter and Eboni Sadler have taken up residence in another hall – the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

In recognition of their outstanding play for the 2010-11 season, the jerseys of Moore-Porter and Sadler were placed at the Ring of Honor display, one of the many unique displays of the Hall of Fame.

“When you see players get these types of honors, you know two things,” Cougar head coach T.J. Hardeman said. “Not only did they have to work incredibly hard to develop their skills and talent, but they also had to be on a team that put them in situations where their talent could help the team be successful. I really see this as a team honor, and it’s really nice to see two players who put their heart and soul into their game for the overall benefit of their team receive this type of special honor.”

Not only does the Ring of Honor provide a colorful backdrop at the Hall of Fame’s many exhibits, it also recognizes some young basketball players for their achievements in their sport. By acknowledging these athletes, the Hall of Fame is able to fulfill its mission to “honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future” of women’s basketball.

Currently the Ring of Honor consists of over 100 jerseys hanging from the rafters of the back rotunda at the Hall of Fame. The display includes jerseys of the top high school and college players from the 2010-2011 season. The Ring of Honor has displayed jerseys from some of the best players in the world including Candace Parker, Britney Griner, Sue Bird, and Candice Wiggins.

“The Ring of Honor is an exhibit at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame where we honor the nation’s top players at every level,” said Josh Sullivan, Director of Basketball Relations for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. “To have your jersey on display at the Hall of Fame is a huge privilege, and we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these young athletes.”

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, opened in 1999, is located in Knoxville, Tenn. The Hall of Fame is the only facility of its kind, dedicated to all levels of women’s basketball. For more information on the Ring of Honor or the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame visit www.wbhof.com or call (865) 663-9000.