ATLANTA, Ga. — Continuing to make history as a pair of the most accomplished players in program history, graduate student Sondra Fan and senior Anaya Simmons set a new bar for success on Thursday as they were both named All-Americans by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). It marks the first time in CNU Basketball history, men’s or women’s, that two Captains earned All-America plaudits in the same season.
Simmons was named a WBCA First Team All-American, joined by nine other honorees announced in a press release on Thursday morning. She joins only Pam Stewart, Karen Barefoot, Chelsie Schweers, and Fan as the only First Team selections in program history. Meanwhile, Fan collected WBCA Honorable Mention All-American honors and became just the fifth player in program history to garner multiple All-American plaques over the course of her career.
In addition, the WBCA announced the 2022-23 NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year finalists, including head coach Bill Broderick among the selected for the second straight year.
After one of the most spectacular front-court performances in back-to-back seasons for a Division III player, Simmons was recognized as one of the top players in Division III during the 2022-23 season. The Williamsburg, Va. native finished her junior campaign as the nation’s leader in field-goal percentage and would return for her senior season with her eyes set on even higher standards of success. Throughout the course of the year, Simmons continued to climb the single-season and career charts in Division III lore with some of the most efficient shooting percentages in the history of the level.
After a perfect 5-for-5 effort in her final game against Brooklyn College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Simmons raised her single-season shooting percentage to 68.5 percent. That mark ranks in the top-10 all-time for a Division III player, but moreover, it increased her career field-goal percentage to an incredible 63.3 percent which will etch her name into the record books as the seventh most efficient player in Division III history.
Despite playing under 20 minutes per game over her 82 career games played, Simmons eclipsed 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds while playing in the fast-paced Captains rotation. She averaged a career-high 13.7 points and 7.8…