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Experience Guides Women's Basketball in 2014-15

Nov 17, 2014
The Spartans are back after setting a school record by finishing second in the Iowa Conference a year ago. The good news, they return six of their top returning scorers and 91.1% of their rebounds for a team that qualified for their fifth straight IIAC Tournament. Absent are a pair of six-footers who anchored the defensive front and leaves them with one of the smallest groups Coach Mark Noll’s ever had.

Women's Basketball UD Tip-Off Classic Results

Nov 17, 2014
The University of Dubuque Spartans opened the 2014 UD Tip-Off Classic with a 94-75 victory. In the Nightcap UW-Platteville rallied back to capture the contest over the Loras College Duhawks 70-67. Loras captured a 99-71 victory on Sunday over Edgewood and UW-Platteville edged out the Spartans 82-75.

Spartans Dominate Eagles at Home

Nov 19, 2014
The University of Dubuque Spartans women's basketball team improved to 2-1 overall on Wednesday night with a 77-60 victory over the UW-La Crosse Eagles on Jon Davison Court in Stoltz Sports Center. UD's defense forced the visiting Eagles into committing 30 turnovers and providing UW-L their first loss of the season.

Women's Basketball Sinks Unbeaten Gustavus in UW-Stout Tourney

Nov 29, 2014
The University of Dubuque women's basketball team showed no slow down after Thanksgiving by edging out the Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties in the opening game of the 2014 UW-Stout Thanksgiving Turkey Shootout Tournament by a narrow 78-76 margin. The Gusties made the finish exciting for the fans, trailing by four points, they connected on a three point shot with 10 seconds left of the game. A quick foul sent the Spartans Jenna Kotas to the line for a pair of freethrows. She would miss the first and sink the second attempt to give the Spartans the 78-76 lead. An attempt by the Gusties as time expired missed it's mark and the Spartans captured their third victory of the season and handed Gustavus their first loss of the season.

Women's Basketball Celebrate Turkey Shootout Title

Nov 30, 2014
The University of Dubuque women's basketball team continue to evolve and improve into a team which looks much different from what Spartan fans watched last season. What the Spartans lack in height has been more than balanced with quickness from a strong core of seniors and underclassmen. Competing in the UW-Stout Thanksgiving Turkey Shootout this weekend, Coach Mark Noll and assistant Kelsey Steinhagen returned to their alma mater and ran away with the championship title. The Spartans were held in check at the start of the championship game, but began to open up their lead by 15 points at halftime. UD sprinted out in the second half and led by as many as 27 points en route to cruising to an 87-62 dominating win against the host UW-Stout Blue Devils Sunday afternoon.

Shooting Woes Hurt Women’s Basketball Team in Loss

Dec 5, 2014
Made shots were at a premium for the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team after they shot just 31% in their loss to North Park, 76-65.

Slow Start Dooms Women’s Basketball in Loss to No. 9 Wheaton (Ill.)

Dec 12, 2014
The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team couldn’t recover from a 21.9% first half shooting performance as the Spartans fall to No. 9 Wheaton (Ill.), 83-74.

Late Run Sinks Women’s Basketball on the Road

Dec 20, 2014
Stout perimeter defense against one of the country’s premier three-point shooting teams wasn’t enough as the Spartans fell to undefeated North Central (Ill.), 110-93, after a 9-0 Cardinal run broke the game open midway through the second half.

Kotas Grabs IIAC Athlete of the Week Honor After Big Double-Double

Dec 25, 2014
Senior forward Jenna Kotas posted a pair of season-high marks after scoring 24 points and collecting 14 rebounds in loss to undefeated North Central (Ill.) last Friday to earn her third career Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Athlete of the Week award.

Women’s Basketball Wins Third Straight Against WIAC

Dec 29, 2014
Head Coach Mark Noll challenged the Spartans from the get-go after scheduling the most difficult non-conference slate of his seven-year tenure that included a flurry of games from one of the best conferences in the country, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team answered the call after defeating the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 65-57, in their third straight win over a WIAC opponent.

Spartans Hampered by Chilly Shooting in Loss

Dec 30, 2014
As an artic chill swept the Midwest on Tuesday, the University of Dubuque women's basketball struggled to warm-up and finished the afternoon making just 14 shots in the 51-61 loss to UW-La Crosse, a team the Spartans beat 77-60 at home on November, 19.

Spartans Cruise Past Saints in Final Non-Conference Skirmish

Jan 2, 2015
In their final non-conference game, the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team took advantage of a balanced attack, made quick work out of St. Scholastica and never trailed in a 87-73 triumph.

Spartans Overcome Turnovers to Survive Pesky Dutch

Jan 8, 2015
A slew of late turnovers nearly gave Central their first win over the Spartans in Head Coach Mark Noll’s tenure, but four clutch free throws by Kayla Springer sealed the 58-55 win for the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team on Wednesday in their Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) opener.

Spartans Rout Knights Thanks to Second Half Barrage

Jan 10, 2015
A strong second half by the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team that featured 20 points combined from seniors Brittany Collier and Kayla Springer, seven made three-pointers, and 56% shooting fueled an 80-54 rout of Wartburg on Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short After Entertaining Affair

Jan 14, 2015
In a game that featured 16 lead changes and 12 ties, it was a decisive 8-0 run late in the game that handed the women’s basketball team their first Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) defeat at No. 25 Luther, 80-70.

Kotas and the Spartans Survive Beavers After Free Throw Bonanza

Jan 17, 2015
Senior Jenna Kotas canned 13 of 14 free throws and the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team’s 35 free throw makes propelled them to an 82-73 overtime road win over Buena Vista on Saturday afternoon.

Collier's Heroics Sparks Spartan Victory Over Duhawks

Jan 21, 2015
Senior Brittany Collier would not be denied after going on an eight-point tear - punctuated by a pair of threes - with 1:22 remaining that gave the University of Dubuque women's basketball team their final lead in a 57-54 triumph over rival Loras on Wednesday night.

Women’s Basketball Hold Off Storm in Win

Jan 24, 2015
Senior Jenna Kotas scored a game-high 25 points in a bounce-back game and the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team hit their free throws down the stretch to fend off Simpson, 78-72, on Saturday afternoon.

Spartans Ride Free Throws and Swarming Defense to IIAC First Place

Jan 29, 2015
The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team swiped 15 steals, made 21 of 24 free throws, and survived a flurry of first half threes to defeat Coe, 77-72.

Springer Guides Spartans to First Season Sweep of Duhawks Since 1980

Jan 31, 2015
Senior Kayla Springer scored the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team’s last eight points – six at the free throw line – to lead a 20-for-21 team effort in the Spartans third-straight win over Loras, 78-74, on Saturday afternoon.

Spartans Overcome Sluggish Start, Blitz Dutch in Second Half

Feb 4, 2015
The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team finished 22-for-22 at the free throw line and outscored Central, 45-28, in the second half to win their sixth straight game, 68-52, on Wednesday night.

Shooting Woes and a Pair of Kohawks Halt Spartans Streak

Feb 7, 2015
The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team could not overcome 0-for-13 three-point shooting, 25.8 percent shooting in the first half, and 52 points from a pair of Kohawks as their six-game winning streak comes to an end against Central, 70-56, on Saturday afternoon.

Spartans Sweep Storm for First Time in School History

Feb 11, 2015
A pair of Kayla Springer free throws capped the Spartans 7-0 run to end the game and boosted the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team to a 69-66 triumph over Simpson to maintain possession of first place in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) on Wednesday night.

Spartans Squander Halftime Lead as Knights Shock UD in Second Half

Feb 14, 2015
The University of Dubuque women's basketball team couldn't hold onto a seven-point halftime advantage as Wartburg utilizes 11-0 run to begin second half to down the Spartans, 63-57.

Spartans Take Care of Buena Vista for Chance at First Conference Title

Feb 19, 2015
A 17-3 run to end the first half provided senior Jenna Kotas and the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team all the cushion they needed to put away Buena Vista handedly, 90-75, on Wednesday night.

IIAC Champs! Spartans Clinch First Conference Title in School History

Feb 21, 2015
Sophomore Emily Brinker scored a career-high 25 points on senior night as the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team blew the game open in the second half and shot nearly 60% on the game to defeat Luther, 94-81, on Saturday afternoon.

Spartans Eliminated by Knights in Wild Finish

Feb 26, 2015
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.

Kotas Leads Quartet of All-IIAC Selections

Mar 4, 2015
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.