Alice ‘Cookie’ Barron finalist for WBHOF

Alice 'Cookie' Barron finalist for WBHOF


Former Wayland Baptist Flying Queen Alice “Cookie” Barron has been named a finalist for induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Barron, who helped establish the Flying Queens’ national record 131-game winning streak in the 1950s, is one of 12 finalists under consideration. Also under consideration is former West Texas A&M coach Bob Schneider.

Others are: Debbie Antonelli (Contributor), Evelyn Blalock (Coach), Cathy Boswell (Player), Doug Bruno (Coach), Becky Hammon (Player), Donna Lopiano (Contributor), Lisa Mattingly (Official), Delisha Milton-Jones (Player), Paul Sanderford (Coach), and Penny Taylor (International Player).

The Class of 2022 will be selected from the 12 finalists and announced on Feb. 14 during the Maryland at Iowa game on ESPN2 (9:00 p.m. ET). Induction will be June 11 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Class of 2022 will mark the 23rd group of inductees to be honored by the WBHOF, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The WBHOF currently has 179 Hall of Fame inductees, including nine – five players, three coaches and a sponsor – who have ties to the Flying Queens.
Former Flying Queens players in the WBHOF are Patsy Neal, Lometa Odom, Katherine Washington, Jill Rankin-Schneider and Carolyn Bush Roddy; coaches are Harley Redin, who was part of the inaugural class in 1999, Dean Weese and Marsha Sharp (Queen Bees junior varsity and later Texas Tech coach); and sponsor is Claude Hutcherson. Also, former WBU Pioneer and storied high school coach Joe Lombard was inducted in 2016.

In addition, the 1953-58 Flying Queens teams that established the record 131-game winning streak were recognized as Trailblazers of the Game.

Barron, who was inducted into the WBU Athletics Hall of Honor as part of the fourth class in 1995, never played in a losing game as a member of the Flying Queens from 1953-57. The 5-foot-4 guard from Georgetown, Texas, helped the Flying Queens win 104 straight games and claim national championships all three of her seasons.

Barron was co-captain of the Flying Queens her final season in 1956-57 when she was named Wayland’s Outstanding Woman Athlete. It was Barron’s free throw with four seconds left in the third overtime which prolonged the win streak in a 53-52 road win over Iowa Wesleyan that season, and she was a first team All-American as the Queens claimed a fourth straight Amateur Athletic Union national title. She was also a member of the United States national team that beat Russia in the finals of the 1957 World Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Barron’s success continued into her professional career as an educator and athletics administrator. Upon her retirement in 1990 after 12 years as coordinator of athletics for Jefferson County School District, Colorado’s largest with 85,000 students, Barron had been recognized by numerous professional associations.

She has also been inducted in to the Hall of Fame of the National Federation of State High Schools Association, Jefferson County Schools Athletic Directors Association, Colorado High School Coaches Association, Sportswomen of Colorado, Colorado high School Activities Association, and Colorado Coaches of Girls’ Sports.

Throughout her career, Barron, who today lives in Lakewood, Colo., has remained a supporter of Flying Queens basketball. Her efforts contributed to the formation of the Flying Queens Alumni Association, now the Hutcherson Flying Queens Foundation, which provides support for the current team.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining the individuals to be inducted each year. Voting is based on minimum candidate requirements, which include record of performance, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women’s basketball. 
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame – Class of 2022 Finalists
NOTE: The following bio capsules highlight a few major accomplishments, but not the comprehensive contributions these individuals have made to women’s basketball.

  • Entering her 34th college basketball season on air as a Basketball Analyst for multiple networks earning two Emmy Awards and one Gracie Award for work in broadcasting basketball
  • 2007 Mel Greenberg Media Award Winner
  • 2021 Inductee into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

ALICE “COOKIE” BARRON (Veteran Player)

  • Played for Wayland Baptist Flying Queens, leading the team to an undefeated record of 104-0 from 1954-1957.
  • Helped guide Wayland to three National Championships en route to being named Wayland’s Outstanding Woman Athlete in 1956-57.
  • Helped guide USA Basketball to the gold medal in the 1957 FIBA World Championships


  • Started the women’s basketball program at Kilgore College, leading them to three NJCAA Championships (1988, 1990, 1993)
  • Named the WBCA Junior College Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1990
  • Inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame


  • Guided USA Basketball to the Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympics
  • A two-time WBCA/Kodak All-American and two-time Wade Trophy finalist
  • Played for Illinois State University (1980-1983) finishing her collegiate career with 2,005 points and 1,054 rebounds


  • Head coach for 36 years at DePaul University, guiding them to 24 NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Three-time Big East Coach of the Year (2014, 2016, 2017) and three-time WBCA Regional Coach of the Year (2004, 2005, 2017).
  • Six-time Gold Medalist Coach with USA Basketball.


  • Six-Time WNBA All-Star (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) and voted WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time in 2011
  • Played for Colorado State (1995-1999) finishing her career as their all-time leading scorer with 2,740 points
  • Named ESPNW Woman of the Year in 2015

DONNA LOPIANO (Contributor)

  • Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 1992 to 2007 being named to Fox Sports’ “The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports” list
  • From 1975-1992, she was the Director of Women’s Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin, leading them to 18 National Championship in 6 different sports
  • Member of multiple Halls of Fame including the Connecticut and Texas Women’s Halls of Fame


  • As an official for 33 years, she has officiated the NCAA Women’s Final Four Championship game ten times (2001-2007, 2009, 2011, 2014) and the semifinals seven times (1999, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018).
  • Officiated the WNBA League Championship Series from 2000 to 2007 and the WNBA League Finals from 2002 to 2006.
  • Recipient of the 2002 Naismith Award for Outstanding Official.


  • Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist (2000, 2008)
  • Two-time WNBA Champion with the Los Angeles Sparks (2001, 2002) and a three-time WNBA All-Star (2000, 2004, 2007)
  • The 1997 Wade Trophy Recipient


  • 25 Seasons as a collegiate head coach with a career record of 453-189 (.709).
  • Led Western Kentucky to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances including 3 Women’s Final Fours and was the 1992 NCAA Division I National Runner-Up.
  • Won a JUCO National Championship, was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2000 and into the Western Kentucky University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.


  • All-Time coaching record of 1,045-293 (.781), with only 2 losing seasons in 40 years.
  • 3rd all-time in NCAA Division II history with 634 victories.
  • During his 12 years at Canyon High School (Canyon, TX), his teams won 5 state championships and finished runner-up 5 times.

PENNY TAYLOR (International Player)

  • Three-Time WNBA Champion (2007, 2009, 2014) and three-time WNBA All-Star (2002, 2007, 2011)
  • Named to the 2007 All-WNBA First Team and 2011 All-WNBA Second Team
  • Guided Australia Women’s National Basketball Team to two Olympic silver medals (2004, 2008)

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