Women's Basketball

The University of Dubuque Spartans women’s basketball first competed in the early 1900s, but the American Rivers Conference (Iowa Conference) officially began sponsoring the sport in 1982-83. The Spartans will have a new head coach for the first time in 13 seasons with Justin Smith taking over in March 2020. 

UD won the 2014-15 Iowa Conference regular season championship, the first in school history. The Spartans have had 39 All-Conference Performers (14-First Team; 25-Second Team). UD ranked No. 1 in the WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll with 3.69 GPA for the 2015-16 season and ranked No. 5 in 2016-17 with a 3.63 GPA.

Women's Basketball News

Smith Named Spartans Women’s Basketball Coach

Mar 20, 2020

The University of Dubuque announces the appointment of Justin Smith as the new head women’s basketball coach.

Smith Named Honorable Mention All-Conference

Mar 4, 2020

The American Rivers Conference announced their 2019-20 women’s basketball all-conference teams on Wednesday, where UD’s Miah Smith grabbed honorable mention honors.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
2 Vanessa Eniola Guard 5-7 Sophomore Marion, Iowa
3 Jordan Fischer Forward 5-11 Junior Deerfield, Wis.
4 Morgan Meerstein Guard 5-8 Junior Green Bay, Wis.
5 Kathleen Mathias Guard 5-9 Freshman Darlington, Wis.
10 Elle Leberg Guard 5-8 Freshman Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
11 Kelssie Kraabel Guard 5-3 Junior Lombard, Ill.
14 Lauren Griffith Forward 5-8 Freshman Waukon, Iowa
15 Gianna Ellis Guard 5-3 Freshman Shorewood, Ill.
20 Tabria Thomas Forward 5-9 Freshman Elizabeth, Ill.
22 Jaden Kelley Forward 5-10 Junior Greenfield, Wis.
23 Mimi Smith Forward 5-10 Sophomore Matteson, Ill.
24 Josie Thomas Forward 5-10 Senior Onalaska, Wis
25 Megan Schmid Guard 5-5 Freshman Villa Park, Ill.
31 Chelsea Jackson Guard 5-7 Junior Valparasio, Indiana
33 Alli Bailey Forward 5-10 Junior Kingsley, Iowa


2019-2020 Schedule

Nov. 9

Finlandia University

Dubuque, IA

W, 84-71

Nov. 16

at North Central College

Naperville, IL

W, 80-75

Nov. 20

at Northland College

Wisc. Dells, WI

W, 95-75

Nov. 23

at Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

L, 56-75

Nov. 26

at Simpson College

Indianola, IA

L, 59-101

Dec. 7

vs. Neb. Wesleyan Univ.

Dubuque, IA

L, 85-95

Dec. 17

vs. Rockford University

Dubuque, Iowa

W, 88-49

Dec. 20

at UW-Stout

Menomonie, WI

L, 61-78

Dec. 21

at Univ. of NW St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

L, 64-81

Dec. 29

at UC- Santa Cruz Tourney
vs. Pacific

Santa Cruz, CA

L, 61-75

Dec. 30

at UC- Santa Cruz Tourney
vs. UC-Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

L, 54-80

Jan. 4

at #7 Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

L, 56-103

Jan. 8

vs. Coe College

Dubuque, IA

L, 55-71

Jan. 11

vs. Buena Vista Univ.

Dubuque, IA

W, 76-63

Jan. 15

vs. Central College

Dubuque, IA

L, 46-59

Jan. 18

at #11 Loras College

Dubuque, IA

L, 73-79

Jan. 22

at Luther College

Decorah, IA

L, 62-77

Jan. 25

vs. Simpson College

Dubuque, IA

L, 46-72

Feb. 1

at Neb. Wesleyan Univ.

Lincoln, NE

W, 73-69

Feb. 5

at Central College

Pella, IA

L, 56-76

Feb. 8

at Buena Vista Univ.

Storm Lake, IA

W, 74-66

Feb. 12

vs. #10 Loras College

Dubuque, IA

L, 54-86

Feb. 15

vs. Luther College

Dubuque, IA

L, 67-83

Feb. 19

at Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

L, 57-71

Feb. 22

vs. Wartburg College

Dubuque, IA

2 p.m.


Justin Smith - Women's Basketball (2018)


Justin Smith

Head Women's Basketball Coach
MA, Concordia University Irvine
BA, University of Northern Iowa

Phone: 563.589.3415
E-mail: JWSmith@dbq.edu
Office: 403 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425

Justin Smith was named Head Women's Basketball coach in March of 2020 after three season as an assistant.

Smith, a native of Waukee, Iowa is a 2007 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he also began his coaching career as the Assistant Girl’s Basketball Coach at Janesville High School for two seasons. Smith has 12 years of coaching experience at the high school and youth levels. 

Most recently, Smith was the Head Girl’s Basketball Coach at Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa from 2012-2017. During his time at Hempstead, Smith guided Hempstead to 3 city titles, a Jimmy V Classic Tournament Championship in 2013, and the second most wins in a season in school history twice. He left Hempstead with the second best winning percentage in school history. 

Smith has coached numerous players who went on to received college scholarships, one all-state selection, and numerous all-conference performers. 

Smith and his wife, Casey, reside in Dubuque.

Andrea Thomas - Women's Basketball (2019)


Andrea Thomas

Graduate Assistant - Women's Basketball

Phone: 563.589.3415
E-mail: AThomas@dbq.edu
Office: 403 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425

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Wayne Jentz

Volunteer Assistant Women's Basketball Coach


Wayne Jentz joined the Spartans Women's Basketball Staff in the fall of 2017 as a volunteer assistant. 

Jentz, a native of Platteville, Wis., is a 1978 graduate of Winona State University in Winona, Minn. where he earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master's degree in 1989 in physical education.

He began teaching and coaching at Platteville High School in 1979 and served for 34 years as physical education instructor and drivers education teacher. He was an assistant coach in football for 34 years, 28 years as a coach in basketball (20 years as an assistant in boys/8 years as head girls coach), and 25 years in track and field (16 as head girls coach/9 years as an assistant).

Jentz won nine conference champions in girls track and field and finished state runner-up in 1992. His girls team won Platteville High School's first conference championship in 2012-13. He earned "Coach of the Year" honors twice (2010 and 2013). During his football tenure, Platteville amassed 259 wins and 113 losses, won 16 conference championships and were in the playoffs 25 times. He coached various positions in football including defensive coordinator from 2002-2012. Football made it to the state finals twice, winning title in 1983 and placing second in 2013. 

He was honored as District XIV Coach of the Year in 2006, received the WFCA 25 and 30 service awards, and was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 2017.

He and his wife Chris, reside in Platteville, Wis. with their three children (Danna, Brett, and Jessica).

Past Seasons

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Recent Women's Basketball Record Books

2018-19 Women's Basketball‌  2017-18 Women's Basketball‌  2016-17 Women's Basketball