SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 9, 2019) – Former Wyoming Cowgirl head coach Margie McDonald has been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Wayland Baptist women’s basketball program. The ceremony was held this weekend in Springfield, Mass.
McDonald is a 1964 graduate of Wayland Baptist University, and the dominant WBU teams of 1948-1982 were inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. McDonald is currently the radio color analyst for Cowgirl basketball games. McDonald is a University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and was the Cowgirl coach from 1975-83. McDonald went 123-114 in her nine years at the helm of Cowgirl basketball, including a 69-40 record at home. Her 1978-79 team went 25-7 overall, and that win total is still the second-most ever in a single season her at UW. She was named the conference Coach of the Year in 1979.
Before the days of NCAA Women’s basketball, the Wayland Baptist University women’s basketball team won 131 consecutive games from 1953-58 and 10 AAU National Championships overall (1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975). Rosters included exceptional players such as a three-time AAU All-American Patsy Neal, two-time FIBA World Championships gold medalist Katherine Washington, co-captain of the 1980 United States Olympic team Jill Rankin, and a total of 130 All-Americans, including McDonald.
Coach Harley Redin and team sponsor Claude Hucherson, as well as five players have been enshrined in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame when the team as a whole was recognized as trailblazers of the game in 2013.
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally.
The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad.