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Olivia Lett - 2022 Hall of Fame Inductee

Olivia Lett

(Graduated from Pana High School - 2008)

Olivia is a part of a growing list of exceptional female basketball players who have played for Pana High School. Olivia holds the all-time over all scoring record in basketball for Pana High School (boys & girls) with 2,439 total career points. She averaged over 20 points per game in her sophomore, junior and senior years.

Olivia started her college basketball career at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and transferred later to Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. There, she became an instant hit. She scored over 1,300 points in women’s basketball and averaged 21.8 points per game and finished with a single season scoring record of 719. She was twice named all-conference in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). In her senior season, she was the CCIW player of the year. She was a record setting Player of the Week in the CCIW 6 times.

Other achievements include:

  • First team All-Hoops

  • First team All-Region

  • Division 3 D-3 player of the year

  • D-3 All-American

  • NCAA Most Outstanding player of the tournament

  • 2-time MVP.

  • Olivia twice made all conference in high school softball.

  • She also lettered in golf at PHS and was a state qualifier her senior year.

Her team honors include:

  • In high school: regional champions for 4 years, Springfield-Journal Register and Herald and Review Area Player of the year.

  • In college: Played in 2 Final Four basketball tournaments while at Wesleyan University winning a national title in 2012.

  • After College: Olivia played professional basketball in Spain and averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Named to the All-Imports Team and earned second team All-League.

  • Coaching career includes; Assistant Coach of the Year for Division 3, two times UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. Named Millikin University head woman’s basketball coach in 2018, two NCAA appearances, 2022 CCIW Conference Champs, 2022 NCAA D-3 Sweet Sixteen appearance. 2022 CCIW Coach of the Year, 2021 Region Coach of the Year, 2021 CCIW Tournament champions.

Olivia has succeeded in all aspects of life. She is a contributing person at Millikin in addition to her basketball coaching. She is well liked and represents her school and community to the best.

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