The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced recently that the Winona State University women’s basketball program has earned a spot in the 2019-20 WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.
Winona State was one of four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) programs to earn a mention on the list. MSU-Moorhead, Minnesota State, and Augustana were also named to the WBCA Top 25; there are just over 300 NCAA Division II women’s basketball programs nationwide.
“The WBCA applauds these head coaches and their teams for their commitment to academic excellence,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “ We appreciate and value the hard work and dedication the players and coaches have put forth to thrive in the classroom and on the basketball court.”
Warrior head coach Scott Ballard saw his team earn a cumulative team GPA of 3.644 for the 2019-20 academic year, a campaign in which the program went 17-11 overall and 12-10 in NSIC play. Winona State won their first-round match-up in the NSIC/Sanford Health post-season tournament over MSU-Moorhead, 82-77 before falling the University of Sioux Falls, 71-59 in the quarterfinal round. Taylor Hustad and Allie Pickrain were tabbed as NSIC All-Conference selections for Winona State. Six Warriors were named to the NSIC 2019-20 NSIC Winter All-Academic Team — Emily Kieck, Emma Fee, Taylor Hustad, Jenna Bruss, Sydney Lodermeier and Taylor Klug.
Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers, and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to those organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the association.