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March 24, 2013

Wayland Baptist Flying Queens featured in Texas Monthly

PLAINVIEW, Texas — The Wayland Baptist Flying Queens are the subject of a feature article detailing the history of the illustrious program in the April issue of Texas Monthly.

Written by Skip Hollandsworth, the article includes 13 pages of photos and copy in the monthly magazine that features a cover story entitled "Who Killed the Dixie Chicks?" A teaser on the cover of the magazine reads: "The Greatest College Basketball Team You've Never Heard Of."

The title of the article is "Hoop Queens" and shares the story of "how a tiny Baptist school in the Panhandle created the most dominant team in the history of women's college basketball."

Hollandsworth and a photographer were in Plainview when a Flying Queens reunion was held last Sept. 28. Some of the photos accompanying the article were taken that day in Hutcherson Center and feature seven players –  Georgia Buttram Bryant, Cookie Barron, Carla Lowry, Mona Poff Biscoe, Oma Gean Capps, Rita Alexander Colman and Judy Bugher – who were members of the Flying Queens teams that won 131 straight games, a record that still stands today.

Hollandsworth also attended a women's basketball game in November in Waco hosted by defending NCAA national champion Baylor at which the former Flying Queens were recognized.

The Texas Monthly article examines the history of the program, which started in 1948 and has developed into the winningest women's basketball program in history, having captured win No. 1,500 this past season.

A portion of the article states: "Soon (Claude) Hutcherson, two of his pilots, and the former bomber pilot (Harley) Redin were ferrying the renamed Hutcherson Flying Queens across the South and the Midwest…on gleaming white four-seater Beechcraft Bonanzas. Hutcherson bought the players traveling outfits – blue poodle skirts, white blouses, sweaters with the Wayland logo, and loafers and bobby socks – and for the away games themselves, he got them shiny blue-and-gold uniforms. He occasionally went so far as to have Amarillo's finest hairdresser, Marie Cooper, come to Plainview to style the players' hair before big games. "Claude told me he wanted all the Queens to possess the three B's: brains, ball handling and beauty," said Redin. "He was a very smart man. He knew the prettier the girls looked, the more attention they'd get, which meant more publicity for Hutcherson Air Service."

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