Junior forward Meg Simpson ’02 was named captain of the 2001-02 women’s basketball team at the Bulldogs’ annual awards banquet April 10. Simpson, a powerful low-post presence, averaged 5.1 points and 5 rebounds this season. Simpson also received the team’s most valuable player award at the banquet.

The Marietta, Ga., native came on strong at the end of the season to lead the team in rebounding in 10 of its last 15 games. She also led the team with 11 blocked shots.

Simpson will lead a relatively young squad, with only three seniors, into the tough Ivy League competition next year. Simpson will be called on often next season in a frontcourt which will suffer from the loss of its two leading scorers.

Simpson made an immediate impact when she arrived at Yale, playing in 19 games during her freshman year and starting five. In her sophomore year, she led the team in rebounds with 181 and ranked sixth in the league, averaging seven per game.

Simpson and the Bulldogs will look to improve on last season’s 9-18 overall and 4-10 Ivy League records.

–Charles Resor