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

Brinker Tabbed First Team All-IIAC

Mar 2, 2017

Emily Brinker was the lone University of Dubuque women’s basketball player to earn All-Iowa Conference honors for the 2016-17 season, being named First Team All-Iowa Conference on Thursday.

Brinker's 26 Points Not Enough to Get Spartans Past Coe

Feb 18, 2017

With a chance to qualify for the IIAC Tournamant, the Univeristy of Dubuque women's basketball team fell short to the Coe College Kohawks, 71-79.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Abbey Meyer Guard 5-2 Junior Bernard, Iowa
2 Kia Dwight Guard 5-2 Freshman Coral Springs, Fla.
4 CeCe Pope Forward 5-8 Freshman Naperville, Ill.
5 T'Nauzhae Robinson Guard 5-10 Freshman Rock Island, Ill.
13 Madeline Parker Forward 5-10 Sophomore Camanche, Iowa
14 Lexi Daniels Guard 5-5 Freshman Galesburg, Ill.
15 Madison Boer Guard 5-7 Sophomore Walker, Iowa
20 Rylee Andresen Forward 6-1 Freshman Oxford Junction, Iowa
21 Allie Biermeier Forward 6-0 Junior Eau Claire, Wis.
22 Ali Roach Forward 5-10 Freshman Mazomanie, Wis.
23 Emily Brinker Guard 5-11 Senior Baraboo, Wis.
24 Josie Thomas Forward 5-10 Freshman Onalaska, Wis
25 Linzy Keller Guard 5-5 Sophomore Machesney Park, Ill.
30 Naomie Kipulu Guard 5-8 Sophomore Hurst, Tex.
31 Kelsey Betthauser Forward 5-11 Sophomore Ellsworth, Wis.
33 Laura Klein Forward 5-6 Freshman Burlington, Wis.
41 Megan Ranney Guard 5-4 Sophomore Waterloo, Wis.
42 Morgan Boer Forward 6-0 Freshman Walker, Iowa
44 Maya Solarana Center 6-1 Freshman Omaha, Neb.

2016-17 University of Dubuque Women's Basketball Schedule

November 15, 2016 at Saint Mary's University Winona, Minn. L, 64-76
November 18, 2016 vs. Calvin College (MI)
     - Lakeland Tip-Off Tournament
Sheboygan, Wis. L, 55-68
November 19, 2016 vs. Mount Mary University
     - Lakeland Tip-Off Tournament
Sheboygan, Wis. W, 83-40
November 22, 2016 vs. Augustana College
     - Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day
Dubuque, Iowa  L, 80-100
November 26, 2016 at Northland College Ashland, Wis. W, 80-58
November 30, 2016 at Buena Vista University *** Storm Lake, Iowa  L, 77-108
December 3, 2016 vs. Loras College *** Dubuque, Iowa (UD) W, 52-35
December 7, 2016 at Central College *** Pella, Iowa L, 51-64
December 10, 2016 at UW-Stout Menomonie, Wis.       L, 59-72
December 14, 2016 vs. UW-La Crosse
     - Little Spartans Day
Dubuque, Iowa      W, 66-55
December 29, 2016 vs. Transylvania University
     - Transylvania Pat Deacon Classic
Lexington, Ky.      W, 58-97
December 30, 2016 vs. Augustana/Berea
     - Transylvania Pat Deacon Classic
Lexington, Ky.       W, 78-76
January 4, 2017 vs. Coe College *** Dubuque, Iowa      W, 65-61
January 7, 2017 at Wartburg College *** Waverly, Iowa      L, 54-77
January 11, 2017 vs. Simpson College *** Dubuque, Iowa      L, 48-58
January 14, 2017 at Nebraska Wesleyan University *** Lincoln, Neb.      L, 66-76
January 16, 2017 vs. Luther College ***(Postponed to Jan 23) Dubuque, Iowa      W, 81-80
January 21, 2017 at Loras College *** Dubuque, Iowa (Loras)      L, 66-95
January 25, 2017 vs. Central College *** Dubuque, Iowa       L, 46-50
January 28, 2017 vs. Buena Vista University ***
     - Alumni Day
Dubuque, Iowa      W, 73-63
February 1, 2017 at Luther College *** Decorah, Iowa 6:00 p.m.
February 8, 2017 at Simpson College *** Indianola, Iowa 6:00 p.m.
February 11, 2017 vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University *** Dubuque, Iowa 2:00 p.m.
February 15, 2017 vs. Wartburg College *** Dubuque, Iowa 6:00 p.m.
February 18, 2017 at Coe College *** Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2:00 p.m.
February 21, 2017 First Round: IIAC Tournament TBA TBA
February 23, 2017 Semifinals: IIAC Tournament TBA TBA
February 25, 2017 Finals: IIAC Tournament TBA TBA
  *** 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 recently completed his 10th 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
2016-17 9-16 5-11 8th place
 TOTAL   136-125   76-76 
Spartans All-Time Wins Leader

Alyssa Colla
Alyssa Colla
Graduate Assistant - Women's Basketball

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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