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Vincennes' Kalenta to have jersey in Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
 May 8, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame has requested Vincennes University sophomore forward and NJCAA All-American Anya Kalenta’s jersey to display in the Hall’s Ring of Honor to recognize her outstanding play for the Trailblazers during the 2013-14 season.

The gold-blue-and-white No. 31 will be the second VU Women’s Basketball jersey to hang in the Hall’s Ring of Honor. Former Trailblazer All-American forward and 2011 State Farm/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Junior College Player of the Year Jasmine McGhee’s VU No. 24 was hung in the Hall’s rafters following her Trailblazer career. McGhee completed her college hoops career at Indiana University.

The 6-3 Kalenta transferred to VU from Broward College and averaged 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game to lead the Trailblazers to a 23-7 record. The Nebraska signee and product of Minsk, Belarus, also blocked 62 shots and stepped out to make 32 3-pointers in 2013-14. She scored in double figures in all but one game last season and recorded 19 double-doubles in points and rebounds for the Trailblazers.

“She obviously had a great year here at VU and she was one of the major reasons that our program got back to form and back to winning at least 20 games a season,” VU Coach Harry Meeks said at the time of Kalenta’s recent signing with the Cornhuskers. “It’s not often that you find a player who averages around 20 points and 11 rebounds while being terrific to coach.

“She never seemed to have an off-day in practice and she led by example with hard work and a love for the game,” he added. “With her work ethic, I know she’s going to be successful at Nebraska and she’ll certainly enjoy this opportunity to play in the Big 10.”

Inking her NCAA letter of intent with Nebraska was closely followed by the request from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. In the correspondence to make the request, the Hall’s Director of Basketball Operations and Technology Josh Sullivan said the Ring of Honor is one of the museum’s most popular displays.

“Not only the Ring of Honor provide a colorful backdrop to the Hall of Fame’s many archives, but it is also our way of recognizing some young basketball players for their achievements in the sport,” Sullivan said. “In doing so, we are fulfilling our mission to honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future of women’s basketball.”

The Ring of Honor holds more than 100 jerseys of high school and college All-Americans from the 2013-14 season and Kalenta’s jersey will be included in the Hall’s exhibit update.

• The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame opened in June 1999. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women's basketball. With the 2013 Induction, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame celebrated its 15th anniversary and the six members added in that class brought its number of inductees to more than 130. For more information, visit: www.wbhof.com.

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