Elena (Kisseleva) Bengds is one of three members that will be inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame in June, as announced by the conference office earlier today.
List of full bios for the 2011 Big South Hall of Fame class (provided by BigSouthSports.com) Elena (Kisseleva) Bengds, the Big South's and Liberty's all-time women's basketball leading scorer, is one of three members that will be inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame in June, as announced by the conference office earlier today. Bengds will be joined by Coastal Carolina softball standout Jessica (Falca) Flores and UNC Asheville former baseball player and current member of the Colorado Rockies Ty Wigginton in the 2011 Big South Hall of Fame class.
The trio of honorees will officially be inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame on June 2, 2011, during a special ceremony as part of the conference's annual spring meetings in Hilton Head, S.C. Bengds helped turn Liberty's fledgling women's basketball program into one of the Big South Conference's longest-running dynasties. During her magnificent four-year career (1997-2000), the Moscow, Russia, native led the Lady Flames to four-straight league titles and the first four of 10-straight NCAA Tournament berths. The two-time Big South Player of the Year still lays claim to 12 program records, including the career mark for points scored (2,154) and minutes played (3,860). Additionally, Bengds holds the career record for scoring average (18.1 points per game) and free throws made (605), as well as, the season record for scoring average (21.6/1997) and free throws made (182/1998). During the 1997-98 season, Bengds helped the Lady Flames enter the 1998 NCAA Tournament with an unblemished 28-0 record, where they faced eventual national champion Tennessee in the only NCAA Tournament match-up of two unbeaten programs in women's basketball history. Bengds was a four-time Big South all-conference selection and four-time Big South all-tournament team member. The former forward was named to four VaSID all-state teams and was the recipient of the 2000 Rock Royer/Mac Rivera award, Liberty's highest student-athlete honor given each year to a graduating senior. This will mark the second Hall of Fame honor for Bengds related to her women's basketball playing career. In 2009, the former Lady Flames standout was included in Liberty's inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class, as Bengds was part of Liberty's "Magnificent Seven." The Big South Conference Hall of Fame was created in 2003 as part of the league's 20th anniversary celebration, and now totals 44 former Big South Conference student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors.
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