Women's Basketball

The University of Dubuque Spartans women’s basketball first competed in the early 1900s, but the Iowa Conference officially began sponsoring the sport in 1982-83. Current head coach Mark Noll joined the Spartans in 2007. He is the 11th coach in the program’s history and has since become the all-time wins leader for the Spartans.

UD has consistently qualified for the IIAC women’s basketball tournament, missing it just once in past five seasons and setting a new school record of 11 wins in the IIAC in 2015 while claiming the team's first league title in school history. The Spartans have had 43 All-Iowa Conference Performers and over 30 Academic All-Iowa Conference honorees since 1982-83. UD runs an up-tempo offense while adding staunch defensive pressure.

Women's Basketball News

DIII Week: Adversity No Match for Kirkwood

Apr 7, 2016

Despite facing a multitude of medical obstacles associated with her spinal condition, Jessie Kirkwood was grateful for a Division III experience that made her collegiate basketball dream come true.

Emily Brinker with First Career All-IIAC Selection, Named to Second-Team

Mar 2, 2016

Junior forward Emily Brinker earned her first career All-Iowa Conference selection and was named to the second team as the lone University of Dubuque women’s basketball representative on the All-Iowa Conference women’s basketball team on Wednesday.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Abbey Meyer Guard 5-2 Sophomore Bernard, Iowa
2 Nikki Blum Guard 5-2 Freshman Dubuque, Iowa
3 Dani Lee Forward 5-11 Freshman Pearl City, Ill.
4 Molly Richardson Guard 5-5 Senior Marengo, Ill.
5 Kara Enos Forward 5-7 Sophomore Strum, Wis.
11 Kalyn Theill Guard 5-5 So. East Dubuque, Ill.
13 Madeline Parker Forward 5-10 Freshman Camanche, Iowa
15 Madison Boer Guard 5-7 Freshman Walker, Iowa
21 Allie Biermeier Forward 6-0 Sophomore Eau Claire, Wis.
22 Marissa Bell Forward 5-9 Junior Davenport, Iowa
23 Emily Brinker Guard 5-11 Junior Baraboo, Wis.
24 Jessie Kirkwood Guard 5-8 Senior Hudson, Wis.
25 Linzy Keller Guard 5-5 Freshman Machesney Park, Ill.
30 Naomie Kipulu Guard 5-8 Freshman Hurst, Tex.
31 Kelsey Betthauser Forward 5-11 Freshman Ellsworth, Wis.
32 Taylor Burdette Post 6-1 Junior Donnellson, Iowa
35 Hannah Jensen Forward 5-9 Sophomore Menomonie, Wis.
41 Megan Ranney Guard 5-4 Freshman Waterloo, Wis.

2015-16 Schedule
Final Record: 9-16, 4-10 IIAC

Nov. 13

at St. Scholastica

Duluth, Minn.

L, 69-71

Nov. 15

at UW-Superior

Superior, Wis.

L, 70-95

Nov. 21

Puerto Rico Tournament
vs. University of Metropolitan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

L, 48-53

Nov. 22

Puerto Rico Tournament
vs. University of Sacred Heart

San Juan, Puerto Rico

W, 52-44

Dec. 02

at UW-Lacrosse

La Crosse, Wis.

W, 77-68

Dec. 05

at UW-Platteville

Platteville, Wis.

L, 67-79 (OT)

Dec. 08

vs. UW-Stout

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 79-76

Dec. 11

vs. Wheaton College

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 52-68

Dec. 19

vs. North Central College

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 97-109

Dec. 29

2015 UD Jon Davison Classic




Grinnell College vs. Augustana College

Dubuque. Iowa



Univ. of Dubuque Vs. Defiance College

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 70-68 (OT)

Dec. 30

2015 UD Jon Davison Classic




Defiance Vs. Augustana (Consolation)

Dubuque, Iowa



Univ. of Dubuque Vs. Grinnell (Championship)

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 74-69

Jan. 06

vs. Wartburg College***

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 54-89

Jan. 09

vs. Luther College***

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 63-70

Jan. 13

at Central College***

Pella, Iowa

L, 64-73

Jan. 16

at Simpson College***

Indianola, Iowa

L, 53-80

Jan. 20

vs. Buena Vista University***

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 66-83

Jan. 23

at Coe College***

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

W, 74-64

Jan. 27

vs. Loras College*** (Broadcast on KCRG 9.2)

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 74-80 (OT)

Jan. 30

vs. Simpson College***

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 62-76

Feb. 03

at Buena Vista University***

Storm Lake, Iowa

L, 56-85

Feb. 06

at Loras College***

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 71-64 (OT)

Feb. 10

vs. Coe College***

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 94-89

Feb. 13

at Luther College***

Decorah, Iowa

L, 63-86

Feb. 17

at Wartburg College***

Waverly, Iowa

L, 57-70

Feb. 20

vs. Central College***

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 62-52

***Iowa Conference opponent

Mark Noll
Mark Noll
Head Women's Basketball Coach

BA, UW-Stout

Office Phone: 563.589.3279
E-mail: mnoll@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 312 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

Mark W. Noll is entering his eighth season as UD Head Women's Basketball Coach after earning the position on May 1, 2007.

Noll, a native of Colfax, Wis. is a 2000 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis., where he also served as the assistant women's basketball coach for seven seasons. Noll has 18 years of coaching experience at all levels including collegiate, AAU and youth levels. 

Noll guided the Spartans to their first-ever regular season Iowa Conference title in 2014-15 and the Spartans seventh IIAC Tournament bid in his first eight seasons as head coach. 
The Spartans set a school record for most Iowa Conference wins in school history (11) this season (2014-15) and set the overall wins school record (20) in 2012-13 season. The fast and furious style of play the Spartans employed led to several school records in 26 games during 2013-14 including: points (1990), FG attempted (1793), FT attempted (623), and points per game (76.5).

Noll's 2014-15 senior class left as the winningest group in UD history with 69 overall wins and 39 Iowa Conference victories over their four years. The seniors help set a single-season school record in free throws made (497) and free throws attempted (681). Also in 2014-15, Noll and Co. swept the season series against Simpson for the first time in school history and won both games against Loras for the first time since 1980.

Noll coached the Spartans to an IIAC tournament championship appearance in 2013 and has produced 13 All-Iowa Conference selections (6 - First Team, 7 - Second Team, and 9 - Honorable Mention). He garnered his 100th career win on February 19, 2014 at Buena Vista University, 85-78.

The Spartans never finished better than 5th place in team history in the IIAC regular season standings before the Spartans IIAC regular season finishes of 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st, respectively, from the 2011-2015 seasons.

Noll was a significant presence as the assistant coach for the UW-Stout women's basketball program. He was a part of three consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) basketball championships, WIAC tournament championships, and two "Sweet 16" finishes in the NCAA Division III National Championships. The women's team at Stout was been among the record attendance leaders in Division III during his tenure. 

Mark Noll's background also includes extensive experience as a personal instructor and club promoter for the Wisconsin Amateur Athletic Union from 1989-2002. He assisted in every facet of running the nationally known Great Lakes Shootout Basketball Series. He coached AAU teams to the national level with numerous Top-8 finishes at the National Championships and Junior Olympics.

He has coached over 100 players who went on to receive college scholarships, two Big Ten Freshman of the Year, two NCAA Kodak All-Americans, the top-3 all-time leading scorers in high school for the state of Wisconsin, two USA Basketball Team members, and three WNBA players.

Noll and his wife, Kara, reside in Dubuque with their son Jackson and their daughter Tyler. 

Women's Basketball Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall IIAC
2007-08 14-13 7-9 5th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2008-09 9-16 5-11 7th place  
2009-10 15-11 9-7 5th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2010-11 11-16 7-9 6th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2011-12 15-11 10-6 3rd place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2012-13 20-8 8-6 3rd place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2013-14 17-9 10-4  2nd place  *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2014-15 17-9 11-3 1st place *IIAC Regular Season Champion, IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2015-16 9-16 4-10 7th place
  TOTAL     110-100    60-62 
Spartans All-Time Wins Leader

Kelsey Steinhagen
Kelsey Steinhagen
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

BA, UW-Stout; Apparel Design and Development

Office Phone: 563.589.3415
E-mail: KSteinhagen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 405 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Open

Kelsey (Duoss) Steinhagen joined the University of Dubuque in September of 2013 as the Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach. Steinhagen spent the past three years coaching at Concordia University- Texas. Her primarily responsibility was the training and development of the Tornado post players, which helped the program register three winning seasons, set school records for overall wins (23) and league wins (18) and captured its first American Southwest Conference Tournament title and West Division crown. In addition, the team also received votes in the national polls and became the first women's sport at the school to appear in an NCAA Tournament in 2011-12.

Prior to her arrival at Concordia, Steinhagen spent one year as an assistant coach at Menomonie High School in Wisconsin. She served as the varsity girls assistant and head junior varsity girls coach, working specifically with the post players while also assisting with scouting reports and film breakdown. The Menomonie varsity squad had its best record in six seasons.

 Steinhagen, who won a state championship on the scholastic level, earned three letters at UW-Stout and put the program on the map after transferring from Division-1 University of Illinois at Chicago. She was named to the D3hoops.com All-Decade Third Team as a center after being named a two-time Kodak First-Team All-American and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Player of the Year twice. In addition, Steinhagen was a WIAC all-defensive team pick and all-conference honoree all three years. She finished her career ranked second all-time in WIAC history with 258 career blocked shots, while her 1,413 career points and 750 rebounds rank second all-time in the UW-Stout program annals. While at UW-Stout, the team compiled a 69-21 record, won three WIAC regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including the Sweet 16 twice. 

After completing her All-American collegiate career, Steinhagen became the first UW-Stout female basketball student-athlete to compete professionally when she played for the Dandenong Rangers of the Women’s National Basketball League in Australia. On February 29, 2012, she was one of only 16 players named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) All-Time Women's Basketball Team as part of the league’s centennial celebration. She recently had her No. 40 jersey retired by UW-Stout on February 21, 2009. 

A native of Clinton, Wisconsin, Steinhagen graduated from UW-Stout in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in apparel design and development while carrying minors in business administration and human resources. She is married to Chet Steinhagen.  

Alyssa Colla
Alyssa Colla
Graduate Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

BA, Northern Michigan University; Public Relations

Office Phone: 563.589.3415
E-mail: acolla@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 405 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Open

Colla joined the Spartans basketball staff in the fall of 2015 after she played professional basketball in Australia.

As a former member of Northern Michigan University (NMU), she was the 22nd player to record over 1,000 points, ranks third on their all-time scoring list with 1,567 points, and was named MVP at NMU in 2015, 2014, and 2013. She was a member of the GLIAC Conference Tournament Champion team which received the automatic bid into the 2013-14 NCAA Tournament.

As a freshman, she appeared in all 27 games and named NMU's freshman of the year. During her sophomore season she started all 27 games and led the team in scoring (349), minutes (983) and in assists (79) while averaging 12.9 points per game. Colla's junior season she averaged 16.4 points per game and scored over 20 points in 10 contests. Her senior season she averaged 18.2 points per game after starting all 27 games. She shot nearly 40% from the three point area and sank 44 attempts en route to scoring 491 points.

Colla earned a host of accolades at NMU. She was NMU Female Athlete of the Year in 2014, GLIAC First Team All-Conference 2015, GLIAC All Defensive Team 2015, Senior Athlete Gildo Canale Award 2015, GLIAC Commisioners Award 2015, CoSIDA Academic All-District 2015, CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team 2015. Named to GLIAC academic excellence team. 

A native of Muskego, Wis., she lettered four times at Muskego High School under Brian Hirtz. She was named a First team all-state, first team all-conference, Wisconsin Women’s Basketball Yearbook No. 10 ranked player, first team all-suburban, WBCA Division I All-Star Game selection, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Player of the Week and Waukesha County scoring leader. Team was regional champs all four years. Also participated in soccer and tennis.

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