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

Meyer Tabbed Second Team All-Iowa Conference

Feb 28, 2018

University of Dubuque senior Abbey Meyer was the lone UD women’s basketball player to earn All-Iowa Conference honors for the 2017-17 season, after being named Second Team All-Iowa Conference on Wednesday.

Spartans Comeback Bid Falls Short

Feb 17, 2018

The University of Dubuque women's basketball team nearly pulled off a miracle comeback on Saturday afternoon after trailing by as many as 30 points, but fell just short and lost the season finale to rival Loras College, 78-71.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Abbey Meyer Guard 5-2 Senior Bernard, Iowa
2 Kia Dwight Guard 5-2 Sophomore Coral Springs, Fla.
4 CeCe Pope Forward 5-8 Sophomore Naperville, Ill.
5 Morgan Meerstein Guard 5-8 Freshman Green Bay, Wis.
14 Lexi Daniels Guard 5-5 Sophomore Galesburg, Ill.
15 Madison Boer Guard 5-7 Junior Walker, Iowa
21 Allie Biermeier Forward 6-0 Senior Eau Claire, Wis.
22 Ali Roach Forward 5-10 Sophomore Mazomanie, Wis.
23 Jaden Kelley Forward 5-10 Freshman Greenfield, Wis.
24 Josie Thomas Forward 5-10 Sophomore Onalaska, Wis
25 DaVianna Buchanan Guard 5-7 Freshman East Moline, Ill.
31 Chelsea Jackson Guard 5-7 Freshman Valparasio, Indiana
32 Sydney Steivang Forward 5-10 Freshman Osceola, Wis.
33 Jordan Fischer Forward 5-11 Freshman Deerfield, Wis.
35 Kelssie Kraabel Guard 5-3 Freshman Lombard, Ill.
42 Morgan Boer Forward 6-0 Sophomore Walker, Iowa
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2017-18 Schedule




Nov. 17-18

at UW-Eau Claire Tip-off Tourney

Eau Claire, WI


Nov. 17

vs. UW-Stout

Eau Claire, WI

L, 84-68

Nov. 18

vs. UW-Eau Claire

Eau Claire, WI

L, 100-65

Nov. 21

vs. St. Mary’s University

Dubquue, IA

L, 74-70

Nov. 25

vs. Northland College

Dubuque, IA

W, 80-48

Nov. 29

vs. Wartburg College*

Dubuque, IA

L, 86-58

Dec. 2

at Central College*

Pella, IA

L, 73-55

Dec. 6

vs. Simpson College*

Dubuque, IA

W, 88-86

Dec. 9

at UW-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

L, 58-47

Dec. 13

at Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

L, 85-71

Dec. 16

at North Central College

Naperville, IL

L, 71-61

Dec. 29-30

Nashville Holiday Tournament

Nashville, TN


Dec. 29

vs. Wesleyan University

Nashville, TN

L, 66-54

Dec. 30

vs. Shenandoah University

Nashville, TN

W, 73-56

Jan. 3

at Loras College*

Dubuque, IA

L, 73-59

Jan. 10

vs. Buena Vista University*

Dubuque, IA

W, 82-73

Jan. 13

at NE Wesleyan University*

Lincoln, NE

L, 71-66

Jan. 15

at Luther College*

Decorah, IA

L, 74-72

Jan. 17

vs. Coe College*

Dubuque, IA

L, 76-72

Jan. 20

vs. NE Wesleyan University*

Dubuque, IA

L, 65-61

Jan. 24

at Simpson College*


L, 85-65

Jan. 27

at Wartburg College*

Waverly, IA

L, 96-51

Feb. 3

vs. Central College*

Dubuque, IA

W, 79-62

Feb. 7

at Buena Vista University*

Storm Lake, IA

L, 58-55

Feb. 10

at Coe College*

Cedar Rapids, IA

L, 87-72

Feb. 14

vs. Luther College*

Dubuque, IA

L, 95-74

Feb. 17

vs. Loras College*

Dubuque, IA

L, 78-71

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

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.

Jenna Kotas
Jenna Kotas
Graduate Assistant - Women's Basketball

BA, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3415
E-mail: JKotas@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 403 Stoltz Sports Center

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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