Freshman Anika Jones. Holding Jersey which will be displayed in the WBHOF.

Young athletes often dream of being recognized for their contributions to the game at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Catawba Valley Community College Women’s Basketball standout Anika Jones, that dream has come true. Jones’s #10 jersey was placed at the Ring of Honor display at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. in recognition of her outstanding play for the 2012-2013 season. Jones’s helped guide the Buccaneers Women’s Basketball team to a 30-1 record and a #3 ranking in the NJCAA DII poll. Jones led the team with 18.9 points per game and scored 586 points which was 8th most in the nation. Her field goal percentage was an amazing 56.6 which ranked her 8th in the nation. Jones’s defense was also impressive as she logged 89 steals which was good enough for 25th most in the nation. Jones was named an NJCAA First Team All-American, the first athlete to receive the award in the last 10 years of the athletic program reforming.

“The Ring of Honor is an exhibit at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame where we honor the nation’s top players at every level,” said Josh Sullivan, Director of Basketball Relations for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. “To have your jersey on display at the Hall of Fame is a huge privilege and we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these young athletes.”

The Ring of Honor is one of the many unique displays of the Hall of Fame. Not only does the Ring of Honor provide a colorful backdrop at the Hall of Fame’s many exhibits, but it also recognizes some young basketball players for their achievements in their sport. By acknowledging the athletes, the Hall of Fame is able to fulfill its mission to “honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future” of women’s basketball.

Currently, the Ring of Honor consists of over 100 jerseys hanging from the rafters of the back rotunda at the Hall of Fame. The display includes jerseys of the top high school and college players from the 2012-2013 season. The Ring of Honor has displayed jerseys from some of the best players in the world including Candace Parker, Britney Griner, Sue Bird, and Candice Wiggins.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, opened in 1999, is located in Knoxville, Tenn. The Hall of Fame is the only facility of its kind, dedicated to all levels of women’s basketball. For more information on the Ring of Honor or the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame visit www.wbhof.com or call (865) 663-9000.