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

Former UD Standout Kotas Named a WBCA Thirty Under 30 Selection

Mar 8, 2019

Former University of Dubuque All-Conference performer Jenna Kotas is one of the WBCA Thirty Under 30 selections in 2018-19.

Miah Smith Earns All-Conference Honors as a Freshman

Feb 27, 2019

The American Rivers Conference released the 2018-19 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team on Wednesday, where UD freshman Miah Smith was the lone Spartan to make any of the three teams, garnering honorable mention honors.

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Upcoming Events

Women's Basketball

Nov 9, 2019 | 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM | Dubuque, Iowa

vs. Finlandia Univ.

Women's Basketball

Nov 16, 2019 | 3:00 PM — 5:00 PM | Naperville, Ill.

at North Central College

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
2 Kia Dwight Guard 5-2 Junior Coral Springs, Fla.
5 Morgan Meerstein Guard 5-8 Sophomore Green Bay, Wis.
11 Kelssie Kraabel Guard 5-3 Sophomore Lombard, Ill.
13 Abigail Zurcher Guard 5-9 Freshman Manitowoc, Wis.
14 Lexi Daniels Guard 5-5 Junior Galesburg, Ill.
20 Jaden Kelley Forward 5-10 Sophomore Greenfield, Wis.
23 Mimi Smith Forward 5-10 Freshman Matteson, Ill.
24 Josie Thomas Forward 5-10 Junior Onalaska, Wis
31 Chelsea Jackson Guard 5-7 Sophomore Valparasio, Indiana
33 Jordan Fischer Forward 5-11 Sophomore Deerfield, Wis.
42 McKenzie Maahs Forward 6-0 Freshman Epworth, Iowa


2019-2020 Schedule

Nov. 9

Finlandia University

Dubuque, IA

5:00 p.m.

Nov. 16

at North Central College

Naperville, IL

3:00 p.m.

Nov. 20

at Northland College

Wisc. Dells, WI

6:00 p.m.

Nov. 23

at Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

2:00 p.m.

Nov. 26

at Simpson College

Indianola, IA

5:30 p.m.

Dec. 7

vs. Neb. Wesleyan Univ.

Dubuque, IA


Dec. 17

vs. Rockford University

Dubuque, Iowa

6:00 p.m.

Dec. 20

at UW-Stout

Menomonie, WI

10:30 a.m.

Dec. 21

at Univ. of NW St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

2:00 p.m.

Dec. 29

at UC- Santa Cruz Tourney

Santa Cruz, CA


Dec. 30

at UC- Santa Cruz Tourney

Santa Cruz, CA


Jan. 4

at Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

2:00 p.m.

Jan. 8

vs. Coe College

Dubuque, IA

5:30 p.m.

Jan. 11

vs. Buena Vista Univ.

Dubuque, IA


Jan. 15

vs. Central College

Dubuque, IA

5:30 p.m.

Jan. 18

at Loras College

Dubuque, IA

2:00 p.m.

Jan. 22

at Luther College

Decorah, IA

5:30 p.m.

Jan. 25

vs. Simpson College

Dubuque, IA


Feb. 1

at Neb. Wesleyan Univ.

Lincoln, NE

2:00 p.m.

Feb. 5

at Central College

Pella, IA

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 8

at Buena Vista Univ.

Storm Lake, IA

2:00 p.m.

Feb. 12

vs. Loras College

Dubuque, IA

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 15

vs. Luther College

Dubuque, IA


Feb. 19

at Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

5:30 p.m.

Feb. 22

Wartburg College

Dubuque, IA



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 recently completed his 11th season as UD Head Women's Basketball Coach after earning the position on May 1, 2007. Noll is UD's all-time leader with 141 overall wins and 79 Iowa Conference victories. He led the Spartans to the 2014-15 Iowa Conference Championship, the first in UD Women's Basketball history.

The Spartans have reached previously unimaginable heights in the classroom as well under Noll. The team was ranked #1 in the WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll in 2015-16 while also finishing in the top-five in 2014-15 and 2016-17.

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, 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 15 All-Iowa Conference selections (7 - First Team, 8 - Second Team, and 9 - Honorable Mention). He garnered his 100th career win on February 19, 2014 at Buena Vista University, 85-78.

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 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.

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
2016-17 9-16 5-11 8th place
 TOTAL   136-125   76-76 
Spartans All-Time Wins Leader

Justin Smith
Justin Smith
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

BA, University of Northern Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3415
E-mail: JWSmith@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 403 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Open

Justin Smith starts his first season as the UD Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach after accepting the position in June 2017. 

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.

Wayne Jentz
Wayne Jentz
Volunteer Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Biography - Click to Open

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).

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