Becky (Flynn) Jensen
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Arguably South Dakota’s greatest girls basketball player, Jensen set the state scoring record and led Wakonda to a state-record 101 consecutive wins.
A six-year starter and a four-time first-team all-stater, the 5-foot-11 forward led the Warriorettes to three state titles (1988-90) and scored a state-record 3,268 points in her career while playing for her dad, Ron Flynn. Wakonda also was the “B” runner-up in 1987 and third in 1991. She was an honorable mention USA Today All-American as a senior, when she averaged 29.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 6.0 assists a game.
Besides setting the scoring record, Jensen excelled in all aspects of the game: She had more than 1,300 rebounds and 1,000 assists in her career and was one of the premier defensive players in the state. During Wakonda’s win streak, the Warriorettes faced the toughest competition they could find, defeating Class AA schools such as O’Gorman, Lincoln and Roosevelt – a feat unheard of nowadays.
In track, Jensen was a three-time state champion in the 300-meter hurdles. She held 11 school records and placed in 11 events at the state meet.
In college, Jensen was a four-year starter and two-time first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference player at NCAA Division I Creighton, helping the Bluejays go 62-24 in her first three seasons (a knee injury sidelined her for much of her senior season). She was the league’s Newcomer and Freshman of the Year in 1993 and the Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. She was a second-team academic All-American in 1995.
As a sophomore, she recorded the first triple-double in Bluejays history with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists against Missouri – she also had eight steals in the game. That season Jensen also was among the MVC leaders in scoring (14.1, 7th), rebounding (6.8, 7th), assists (153, 4th) and steals (105, 2nd). She still holds school records for steals in a game (9) and season (105).
Jensen was an assistant coach at the University of South Dakota for 10 years.
She was inducted into the Creighton Hall of Fame in 2005 and was a charter member of the South Dakota Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
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