Sierra College Women’s Basketball is California State Champion in 2022 for the first time since 1999 – YubaNet


Sierra College women’s basketball is California State champions after capping a 28-3 season on Sunday, March 13, 2022 with victory at West Hills College in Lemoore over conference rival San Joaquin Delta College.

The championship game that ended with Sierra’s 76-71 victory capped off a season in which Delta defeated Sierra College twice during the regular season.

“Our players worked hard and it paid off with a state championship,” said Sierra College head coach Brandie Murrish. “Two years ago many of these same players were ready to step onto the pitch to play for the Championship when all games were halted. They chose to stay and work to complete this job.

2021-22 Sierra College Women’s Basketball Roster

y. name pos. Cl. HT. High School (HS location)
3 Rachel Loya g So 5’6 Golden Sierra (Georgetown)
4 Brianna Lambey g Fri 5’7 Granite Bay (Granite Bay, California)
ten Christine Oliva g Fri 5’9 Davis (Sacramento, CA)
11 Devon Lewis g So 5’6 Will C Wood (Vacaville, CA)
12 Tiffany Brewer F Fri 5’11 El Dorado (Placerville, CA)
13 Jenna Duley g So 5’5 Del Oro (Rocklin, CA)
14 Aijah King g Fri 5’6 Union of Nevada (Grass Valley, CA)
21 Emilie Climenhage G/F So 6’0 Folsom (Folsom, CA)
24 Jesse Miller g Fri 5’11 Red Bluff (Red Bluff, CA)
32 Kiki Griffon F So 6’0 Pleasant Grove (San Jose, California)
33 Kim Quicksall F Fri 6’0 El Dorado (Placerville, CA)
RS Natalie Bennett g RS 5’5 Rocklin (Rocklin, CA)

Sierra College is led by head coach Brandie Murrish and assistant coaches Diane Looker, Tamar Gruwell, Scott Pisik and Tom Tran.

“I am very proud of our student-athletes and coaches, and it has been exceptionally rewarding to pick up where we left off in 2020,” said Rachel Johnson, Dean of Kinesiology and Director of Athletics at Sierra College. “Coach Murrish has done a fantastic job of keeping our student-athletes engaged, and I’m proud of their perseverance and dedication to our program during the pandemic.”

This is Sierra College’s second women’s basketball state championship, and the first since 1999, won by former coach Roz Goldenberg.

About Sierra College

Sierra College District meets the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3,200 square miles of Northern California with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento North) for transfers to four-year colleges, offers vocational/technical training, and upgrading courses professional skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries in the region. More information at


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