Queens Experienced Record Win Streak in the 1950's
PLAINVIEW – On November 7, 1953, the Hutcherson Flying Queens of Wayland Baptist College coached by Caddo Matthews defeated a team called Dowell’s Dolls by a score of 51-31. The team went on to win its first ever AAU National Championship that season. Two years, 52 wins and another national championship later, Coach Harley Redin took over for Coach Matthews and the team kept on winning. In 1957, the Flying Queens broke the world’s record for consecutive victories by winning their 101st straight game, a 66-17 pounding of Rhode Island.
The next year, at the 1958 AAU National Tournament in St. Joseph, Missouri, the Flying Queens posted their first loss in over five years by a score of 46-42 to Nashville Business College in the semi-final game. The Queens finished in 3rd place that year, but the 131-consecutive victories posted over the five-year period remains as a national collegiate record.
Many of those same Flying Queens will return to the Wayland Baptist campus this weekend for a special Homecoming event planned in their honor.
Those teams won four consecutive AAU Championship titles. Nine of the athletes picked up 15 All-American honors. Three were crowned as National Free Throw Champions, and one was the runner-up at the AAU National Tournament Beauty Pageant.
Pictures of the Flying Queens were featured in Life Magazine and in Sports Illustrated. Humble Oil sponsored a national television program featuring the team. The Plainview Chamber of Commerce sent a large basket of flowers congratulating the 56-57 team for its then-record breaking streak of 101 victories, and local automobile dealers furnished new cars for a parade celebrating the team’s third-straight national championship.
Four people associated with those teams are members of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame – Claude Hutcherson, team sponsor; Harley Redin, coach; Patsy Neal and Katherine Washington
1953-54 – 29-0
- defeated Denver Chevrolet 43-21 in AAU National Championship game
- AAU All-Americans – Ruth Cannon, Lometa Odom
- team sported two sets of twins – Ruby and Ruth Cannon of Hale Center; and Raye and Faye Wilson of Duncanville
- Ruth Cannon was named National Free Throw Champion
- Opponents included the Woodard Motorettes, Dowells Dolls, McSpadden Carpet, Kansas City Dons, Viner Chevrolet, Tandy Leatherettes, Hanes Hosiery and Nashville Business College
- team played in such locales as Dimmitt; Abernathy; Lubbock; Amarillo; Stinnett; Davenport,
Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Des Arc, Arkansas; and Denver.
1954-55 – 23-0
- defeated Omaha Commercial Exteriors 30-21 in the AAU National Championship game
- AAU All-Americans: Ruth Cannon, Faye Wilson, Lometa Odom
- Ruth Cannon won her second straight National Free Throw title and was named captain of the All-American team
- Raye Wilson was runner-up in the national tournament’s beauty pageant
1955-56 – 23-0
- Coach Harley Redin, the Wayland men’s basketball coach, takes over for Caddo Matthews as Flying Queens head coach
- defeated National Business College 39-33 in the AAU National Championship game
- AAU All-Americans: Faye Wilson, Lometa Odom, Raye Wilson, Kaye Garms, Rita Alexander
1956-57 – 29-0
- Defeated Iowa Wesleyan College 36-33 for the AAU National title
- AAU All-Americans: Rita Alexander, Cookie Barron, Kaye Garms
- broke the world record for most consecutive wins (101)
- Queens begin a pre-game drill exhibiting ball-handling tricks learned from the Harlem Globe Trotters
- Freshman Patsy Neal won the National AAU Free Throw contest, making 48 of 50 attempts
- picked up win number 200 against the Salvation Army All-Stars by a score of 79-35
1957-58 – 28-1
- 131-game winning streak was snapped with a 46-42 loss to Nashville Business College during the AAU semi-final game
- finished in 3rd place at AAU National Tournament
- AAU All-Americans: Mona Poff, Katherine Washington
- Kaye Garms and Katherine Washington were chosen to represent the U.S.A. in Russia in the spring of 1958
- Louise Short tied for the AAU National Free Throw championship by hitting 48 of 50 attempts