Flying Queens Cruising for 1600

Deborah VanDijk, Kendrick Clark and Kambrey Blakely flash the guns up, Queens' stylePLAINVIEW – The most storied collegiate women’s basketball team in the nation opens its 69th campaign on Oct. 3, five wins shy of 1,600. Wayland’s Flying Queens have won more games than any women’s collegiate basketball program in the nation. They also hold the collegiate record for consecutive wins with 131 in a row from 1953-58, including 4 AAU national titles.

The Queens are seeking their fifth straight national tournament appearance, and have averaged 22 wins per season for the past four years under head coach Alesha Robertson-Ellis. The season opener against University of the Southwest will be played at 6 p.m. in Plainview. The fifth game of the season would come against Evangel University on Nov. 18 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. However, two of Wayland’s first five games are against ranked opponents, including No. 13 Our Lady of the Lake on Nov. 13, and No. 19 MidAmerica Nazarene on Nov. 17. The Queens open the season ranked No. 23 in the NAIA national poll.

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