Vining's Jersey Headed to Ring of Honor

Jenny Vining smashed Arkansas Tech school records, hit one of the biggest shots in school history and led the Golden Suns to their best season in more than a decade in 2009-10. Now, her jersey will hang in the rafters of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

Vining will be one of approximately 100 women’s basketball players from every level of the game whose jerseys will be on display for the next year as part of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Ring of Honor.

Vining, a 5-foot-9 guard from Marshall, averaged 17.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game during her junior season in 2009-10. She became the 15th All-American in Tech women’s basketball history. Vining was also named All-NCAA Division II South Region and All-Gulf South Conference West Division.

She established a new Arkansas Tech record for 3-pointers made in a season (117) and she ranked third in NCAA Division II women’s basketball in 3-pointers made per game (3.5) in 2009-10.

Vining ranked third in the GSC in scoring, first in 3-point field goals made, fifth in 3-point field goal percentage, seventh in assists and seventh in steals.

Her 3-pointer from the top of the key with 10.5 seconds remaining gave the Golden Suns a 69-68 win over the Tampa Spartans in the NCAA Division II Tournament South Regional semifinals on March 14. Two days later, Tech beat Delta State 73-62 for the region title.

Arkansas Tech finished 31-3 overall and 12-2 in Gulf South Conference play in 2009-10. The Golden Suns won the GSC West Division championship, the GSC Tournament title and the NCAA Division II South Region championship.

It was Tech’s first title in the GSC West and in the GSC Tournament since 2003, and it was the Suns’ first NCAA South Region championship since 1999.