Rodriguez and Smalley Join 2015-2016 Women’s Basketball Recruiting Class

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University women’s basketball program announces the signing of Whitney Rodriguez (Yucca Valley) and Taylor Smalley (Chula Vista) for the 2015-2016 season.

Whitney RodriguezRodriguez is a junior post who is transferring from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore. She played four years of varsity basketball at Yucca Valley High School, where she received first team De Anza League and San Bernardino County all-star honors. She plans to major in biology while at Simpson.

“Whitney brings experience and maturity to our team,” said head women’s basketball coach Derrick Pringle Jr. “She is a very skilled post player that we look to step in and help us right away.”

Taylor SmalleySmalley is a junior guard who is transferring from Southwestern College in Chula Vista , where she averaged 13.3 points, four rebounds, 3.88 assists, and 1.96 steals per game. She attended Eastlake High School and received first team all-league and all-conference and MVP honors. She plans to major in psychology while at Simpson.

“Taylor is a quick and aggressive guard,” said Pringle. “She is a great defender and solid rebounding guard. We expect Taylor to have two great years while at Simpson.”

Rodriguez and Smalley join Aliya Davis, Ravien Lawson, Olivia Edwards, Kelsie Jurin, and Shayla Smothers as members of the 2015-2016 recruiting class.


Photo, top left: Whitney Rodriguez / Courtesy of the Hi-Desert Star

Photo, bottom right: Taylor Smalley / Courtesy of Southwestern College

Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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