Women's Basketball Team Inducted into Simpson University Hall of Fame

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University’s Athletic Department inducted its 2001-02 women’s basketball team into its Hall of Fame on Feb. 12 during the university’s Homecoming Weekend, celebrating 90 years.
The team was honored for winning Simpson’s first-ever women’s basketball national championship. The team won the 2002 NCCAA Division II national title in Oklahoma City. They were ranked number 1 in this tournament.
The 2001-2002 team finished the regular season with an overall record of 23-12 and a Cal Pac record of 4-9. The team was led by 6-foot-2 center Katie (Soll) Banks who was named MVP of the NCCAA National Championship Tournament in 2002. Other team members included Buffie Maze, Vannytha Keo, Rachel Slaton, Angela Ritter, Shandra Guthrie, Rachel Pippin, Kristen List, Heidi Brookshire, Angela Johnson, Hillary Lambert, and Sarah Davison. The team was coached by Jim Hall.
Simpson Athletic Director Joe Griffin said, “It was wonderful to honor the 2002 Women’s NCCAA National Championship basketball team. Their place in the Hall of Fame is very deserving and wonderfully received. The players and coaches had a great time reconnecting with each other and the university.”
The objective of the Simpson University Athletics’ Hall of Fame is to pay tribute to those men and women who have helped bring recognition and honor to the university on the playing fields and/or to those who by their deeds have made outstanding contributions to the overall athletic program.
Simpson’s Hall of Fame was initiated in 2005. The selection process is maintained by a Hall of Fame committee and is based on the outstanding overall contribution to Simpson athletics.  
Inductees become eligible for the Simpson Hall of Fame five years after completing participation in intercollegiate athletics and must have been of good ethical character.
The Simpson University Hall of Fame includes 33 members and two teams.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s athletic department offers intercollegiate programs in women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, cross-country, golf, baseball, and, most recently, women’s softball. For more information about Simpson University athletics, please visit simpsonu.edu/athletics, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.


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