Story courtesy of Penn State Lehigh Valley.
CENTER VALLEY, PA (May 7, 2019) - Penn State Lehigh Valley standout women's basketball player Ebony Sanders continues to be recognized for her outstanding play as the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame requested her #20 jersey to be displayed in their Ring of Honor.
"This is an incredible honor for Ebony, the Penn State Lehigh Valley Women's Basketball program, PSUAC and USCAA to be represented in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Ring of Honor in Knoxville, TN" said Lehigh Valley's head coach Lorie Khalil. The WBHOF has a rich tradition of promoting women's basketball and recognizing the hard work, sacrifice, commitment of those that put a lot into this game. Ebony deserves this as she is an example of what excellence should look like on and off the court. We are thankful for this recognition."
The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame opened in June 1999 in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women's basketball. Some of the most influential Women's Basketball coaches, players and trailblazers are on display at the facility such as Pat Summit, Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's mission is to Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Promote the Future of women's basketball.
This the first time a student-athlete from Penn State Lehigh Valley has been recongized by the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The Ring of Honor has been a favoritre display at the Hall of Fame and has become one of its most popular exhibits. Currently over 100 jerseys hang in the Ring of Honor, from high school to collegiate All-Americans from the 2018-2019 season.
"With that having been the case since the Hall of Fame opened in 1999, you can imagine the caliber of players' jerseys that have once hung in our rafters. Without a doubt, Ebony Sanders is definitely a part of an elite group, and a part of history now." Hall of Fame director of Basketball operations Josh Sullivan said in a letter sent to Khalil and Sanders.
Sanders had a stellar junior season averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds per game and was named PSUAC 1st Team All-Conference, USCAA 1st Team All-American and a USCAA National All-Academic honoree. She also surpassed her 1,000 point milestone and was a key part of Lehigh Valley's historic season where they finished with a school-best record of 25-3, including 17-0 in the PSUAC. Lehigh Valley also collected 24 straight wins and the program's first-ever PSUAC Championship, along with a USCAA National Tournament Final Four finish.