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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 10 wins in the IIAC in 2012 and 20 season wins in 2013. The Spartans have had 39 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.




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Kotas Leads Quartet of All-IIAC Selections

The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team placed four Spartans on the All-Iowa Conference (IIAC) teams led by senior Jenna Kotas. Kotas led the Iowa Conference (IIAC) in scoring and finished second in rebounding to earn her second-straight All-IIAC First Team Award and senior Meggie Schmidt placed on the All-IIAC Second Team after pacing the IIAC in steals. Senior Kayla Springer and sophomore Emily Brinker were named Honorable Mention.

Spartans Eliminated by Knights in Wild Finish

After trailing for most of the second half, the University of Dubuque women's basketball team cut the Wartburg lead to one with 22 seconds to go, only to see the Knights hang on, 72-68, in the Iowa Conference (IIAC) semifinals thanks to a trio of free throws and a pivotal turnover down the stretch.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Abbey Meyer 5-2 Freshman Bernard, Iowa
3 Meggie Schmidt Guard 5-7 Senior Edgerton, Wis.
4 Molly Richardson Guard 5-5 Junior Marengo, Ill.
5 Kara Enos 5-7 Freshman Strum, Wis.
11 Allie Biermeier 6-0 Freshman Eau Claire, Wis.
12 Braana Steen 5-11 Freshman Colfax, Wis.
15 Brittany Collier Guard 5-4 Senior Oswego, Ill.
22 Jessica Goetz Guard 5-9 Senior Sussex, Wis.
23 Emily Brinker Guard 5-11 Sophomore Baraboo, Wis.
24 Jessie Kirkwood Guard 5-8 Junior Hudson, Wis.
25 Devin Glenski Guard 5-2 Sophomore Cedar Rapids, Iowa
31 Jenna Kotas Forward 5-11 Senior Tinley Park, Ill.
35 Hannah Jensen 5-9 Freshman Menomonie, Wis.
41 Brittani Graves Forward 5-10 Junior Dubuque, Iowa
42 Daneshia Snitker Forward 5-8 Sophomore Waukon, Iowa
44 Kayla Springer Forward 5-9 Senior Altoona, Wis.


2014-15 Schedule

Record (17-9, 11-3 IIAC)

Nov. 15

UD Tournament (Edgewood)

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 94-79

Nov. 15

Loras Vs. UW-P

Dubuque, Iowa

UW-P, 70-67

Nov. 16

Loras Vs. Edgewood

Dubuque, Iowa

Loras, 99-77

Nov. 16

UD Tournament (UW-P)

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 75-82

Nov. 19

Vs. UW-La Crosse

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 77-60

Nov. 29-30

at UW-Stout Thanksgiving Turkey Shootout




UD, UW-Stout, Gustavus Adolphus, St. Scholastica



Nov. 29

Vs. Gustavus Adolphus

Menomonie, Wis.

W, 78-76

Nov. 30

Championship Vs. UW-Stout

Menomonie, Wis.

W, 87-62

Dec. 05

Vs. North Park University

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 65-76

Dec. 12

at Wheaton College

Wheaton, Ill.

L, 83-74

Dec. 19

at North Central College

Naperville, Ill.

L, 93-110

Dec. 29-30

Wisconsin Dells Tournament



Dec. 29

Vs. UW-Whitewater

Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

W, 65-57

Dec. 30

Vs. UW-La Crosse

Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

L, 51-61

Jan. 02

Vs. St. Scholastica

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 87-73

Jan. 07

Vs. Central College*

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 58-55

Jan. 10

Vs. Wartburg College*

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 80-54

Jan. 14

at Luther College*

Decorah, Iowa

L, 70-80

Jan. 17

at Buena Vista University*

Storm Lake, Iowa

W, 82-73 (OT)

Jan. 21

Vs. Loras College*

Dubuque, Iowa (DBQ)

W, 57-54

Jan. 24

Vs. Simpson College*

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 78-72

Jan. 28

at Coe College*

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

W, 77-72

Jan. 31

at Loras College*

Dubuque, Iowa (LOR)

W, 78-74

Feb. 04

at Central College*

Pella, Iowa

W, 68-52

Feb. 07

Vs. Coe College*

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 56-70

Feb. 11

at Simpson College*

Indianola, Iowa

W, 69-66

Feb. 14

at Wartburg College*

Waverly, Iowa

L, 57-63

Feb. 18

Vs. Buena Vista University*

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 90-75

Feb. 21

Vs. Luther College*

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 94-81

Feb. 24

IIAC Tournament First Round



Feb. 26

IIAC Tournament Semifinals vs. Wartburg

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 68-72

 *Iowa Conference game


Season Statistics


University of Dubuque Women's Basketball Coaches Profile
Mark Noll
Mark Noll
Head Women's Basketball Coach

BA, UW-Stout

Office Phone: 563.589.3279
Fax: 563.589.3425
Office Location: 312 Stoltz Athletic Center
Biography - Click to Read

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 12 All-Iowa Conference selections (6 - First Team, 6 - 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, the last four years. 

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.

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
  TOTAL     101-84    56-52 
Spartans All-Time Wins Leader

Kelsey Steinhagen
Kelsey Steinhagen
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

BA, Apparel Design and Development, UW-Stout

Office Phone: 563.589.3415
Office Location: 405 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Read

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 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.  

Mollie Whiting
Mollie Whiting
Graduate Assistant Women's Basketball

BA, Health, Wellness & Recreation - University of Dubuque

Biography - Click to Read

Mollie Whiting begins her first season as a graduate assistant coach with the Spartans in 2013. Whiting will serve as an assistant while pursuing her MBA in the University of Dubuque’s Masters Program.

Before joining the Spartans coaching staff she studied for four years at UD, graduating in May 2013 with her undergrad in Health Wellness and Recreation with a Coaching Endorsement. Whiting played Basketball all four years for the Spartans, serving as team captain for two years. She graduated with 3.71 GPA and was named Academic All-Iowa Conference three times. She was an active member of the SAAC organization for four years.  

On the court, Whiting averaged 27.0 points per game in IIAC play as a senior which was the 6th highest scoring average in IIAC History and the highest in the last 18 years. Her post season honors included; First Team All-West Region, Honorable Mention All-American (Top 25 Players in the Nation), Honorable Mention WBCA All-American, and IIAC All Conference as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. She is the all-time leading scorer in UD Women’s Basketball history with 1,737 points.

Whiting hopes to pursue a coaching career at the collegiate level after graduating with her masters. 


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