MMC Women Basketball Team Earns Number One Spot in Nation for GPA

July 27, 2017

MMC Women's Basketball at NationalsThe Mount Marty College (MMC) 2015-16 women’s basketball team has achieved the highest GPA in the nation for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), according to the national academic honor roll announced today by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

The MMC Lancer women’s basketball team earned the top ranking with a 3.828 GPA, the highest of any team ranked in the WBCA Academic Top 25, including NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation. The WBCA academic honor roll reflects the highest combined GPA’s inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.

The WBCA academic recognition comes in addition to the Lancer women’s basketball team’s NAIA Fab Four finish in March.

This achievement is a tribute to our women basketball athletes and a testament to the type of student-athletes that Mount Marty recruits – they all have an incredibly strong work ethic,” said Coach Tom Schlimgen. “I want to congratulate all of the teams honored by the WBCA — We’re so proud of our women’s team for their excellence in the classroom and their excellence on the basketball court.”

"One of the things that drew me to Mount Marty was academics, not just the athletics,” said Logan Wagner, who will be a senior on the MMC team this year. “Coach Schlimgen always says, ‘family, God, school, and then basketball’ – We as a team realize the importance of the academics, and we push each other to succeed. It’s just expected.”

The 2016 ranking is MMC’s second year to hold the top GPA in the nation for NAIA on the WBCA honor roll, also earning the number one spot in 2014. Lancer women’s basketball has appeared in the Academic Top 25 list for 19 out of the 21 years the WBCA has compiled the annual honor roll.

Congratulations to each of the teams recognized in the 2015-16 WBCA Academic Top 25,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Their head coaches are to be commended for fostering an environment of excellence for their student-athletes both on the court and, more importantly, in the classroom."

Nineteen women on the MMC team contributed to the Lancer’s first place academic finish:

  • Alex Kneeland (Summit, SD)
  • Cassidy Gebhart (Elkton, SD)
  • Logan Wagner (Parkson, SD)
  • Jenna Kittler (North Sioux City, SD)
  • Erica Dreckman (Marcus, IA)
  • Brittni Bormann (Moville, IA)
  • Denae Veldkamp (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • Karissa Chamley (Summit, SD)
  • Taylor Wingert (Valley Springs, SD)
  • Mikayla Prouty (Bryant, SD)
  • Kelsey Sutera (Tabor, SD)
  • Kelli Steffen (White Lake, SD)
  • Kellie Winckler (Lake Andes, SD)
  • Raquel Sutera (Tabor, SD)
  • Kelia Barta (Gayville, SD)
  • Taylor Faltin (Dodge, NE)
  • Sammy Kasowski (Hartford, SD)
  • Ashley Green (Burke, SD)
  • Sam Blake (Centerville, SD)

Founded in 1981,the WBCA promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. More information on the WBCA can be found at WBCA.org. For more information on MMC Lancer athletics, visit www.mmclancers.com.