During the 2010-11 women’s basketball season, Katie Steigleman etched her name in the record books.
The 5’11” Corban University junior scored nearly 600 points and averaged a school-record 19.2 points per game. She even broke the single-season scoring average record set three years ago by her older sister, Jessica Steigleman, by 1.4 points per game.
Young female athletes often dream of being recognized for their contributions to their sport and now Steigleman will be when her number 14 jersey is placed at the Ring of Honor display later this year at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
“The Ring of Honor is an exhibit at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame where we honor the nation’s top players at every level,” said Josh Sullivan, director of basketball relations for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. “To have your jersey on display at the Hall of Fame is a huge privilege and we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these young athletes.”
The Ring of Honor provides a colorful backdrop at the Hall of Fame’s many exhibits, but it also recognizes some young basketball players for their achievements in their sport. By acknowledging the athletes, the Hall of Fame is able to fulfill its mission to “honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future” of women’s basketball.
“It was really cool to hear and totally unexpected,” Steigleman said. “I couldn’t even have fathomed something like this happening.”
Steigleman grew up in a home of basketball enthusiasts. She has played nearly year round since she was 11 years old both at Sheldon High School in Eugene and under the tutelage of Eugene basketball coach Jeff Wingate, her traveling team coach until she turned 15.
“I really got better when playing on the traveling teams,” she said. “It also helped having sisters who pushed me around and made me work harder.”
Currently the Ring of Honor consists of over 100 jerseys hanging from the rafters of the back rotunda at the Hall of Fame. The display includes jerseys of the top high school and college players from the 2010-2011 season. The Ring of Honor has displayed jerseys from some of the best players in the world including Candace Parker, Britney Griner, Sue Bird, and Candice Wiggins.
Steigleman’s efforts helped lead Corban to its second Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season title in program history. She finished second in the league in scoring and she placed third in the CCC in Player of the Year voting. Additionally, she earned her third straight All-CCC 1st team honor and became the second Warrior since the 2000-01 season to be named as part of the NAIA All-America Team earning 3rd team recognition. Steigleman also earned Women’s Basketball Coaches Association State Farm All-American honorable mention, while also being named as a National Christian College Athletic Association All-America 2nd team member.
"It’s an honor to celebrate the season Katie had setting single season records in a number of categories here at Corban,” said 13-year head coach Terry Williams. “She was pivotal in leading our women’s basketball team to be the co-Cascade Conference champions this past season.”
While she recognizes the honor of having her number 14 jersey hanging with the elites of women’s basketball, she has no plans to rest. This summer she will assist with a basketball clinic at Corban and continue training for the next season.
“I love our program and I love playing basketball,” Steigleman said. “I’m glad I can use the talents that I have been given.”
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, opened in 1999, is located in Knoxville, Tenn. The Hall of Fame is the only facility of its kind, dedicated to all levels of women’s basketball. For more information on the Ring of Honor or the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame visit www.wbhof.com or call (865) 663-9000.