Less than a year after being inducted into the Seward County Saints Hall of Fame, former Lady Saint basketball player Kim Ortega has been selected as a part of the NJCAA Womenís Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013. She will join legendary coaches Alfreda Harris of Roxbury CC, Susan Summons of Miami Dade College, and Gwyn Young of Copiah Lincoln CC as the Class of 2013.

Ortega is one of just a handful of womenís basketball players to twice earn 1st Team NJCAA All-American honors. She achieved the feat following her 2001 freshman season and the Lady Saints 2002 National Championship year. In two seasons at Seward County, she led the Lady Saints to a 71-1 overall record and a perfect 32-0 record in Region VI play. During this time the Lady Saints won back-to-back Jayhawk West Conference titles as well as the programís first ever Region VI Tournament championship in 2002. The Lady Saints captured the NJCAA Division I Womenís Championship in 2002 with a perfect 38-0 record and she earned Tournament MVP and Player of the Year honors. For her two-year career at Seward County, she averaged 17.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 4.7 steals per game.
Upon completion of her Seward career, Ortega excelled on the court at Texas Christian University, helping the Lady Horned Frogs to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2003 Conference USA Tournament Championship. After one season of professional basketball, she returned to Seward County as an assistant coach in 2005 where she coached for three seasons. After a coaching stint at UNLV, Ortega currently serves as a high school coach in the Las Vegas area.