Hanson, Nelke Lead Women's Basketball All-Academic Team
Tiana Hanson (left) and Alison Nelke lead the 2016-17 GNAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team with perfect 4.00 grade point averages.
Tiana Hanson (left) and Alison Nelke lead the 2016-17 GNAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team with perfect 4.00 grade point averages.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – A pair of 4.00 performers, who combine outstanding performance on the court and in the classroom, lead the list of 55 honorees on the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team.

Montana State Billings senior forward Tiana Hanson and Western Oregon sophomore guard Alison Nelke lead the list. Hanson, who has a 4.00 cumulative grade point average as an elementary education major, has also emerged as one of the top players in the GNAC. Hanson enters the week averaging 16.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, leading the Yellowjackets and ranking fourth in the GNAC in both categories.

Nelke has played a key role for a young Western Oregon squad as a sophomore, averaging 4.9 points and four rebounds per game. She has started 20 of a possible 23 games for the Wolves.

Hanson is one of three GNAC all-academic performers who were also named to the CoSIDA Division II Academic All-District 8 Women’s Basketball Team. She was joined on the squad by Seattle Pacific’s Jordan McPhee and Alaska’s Jordan Wilson.

The four players are among eight student-athletes who have a 3.90 GPA or better. Also among that elite list is Concordia’s Briannah Smith, Northwest Nazarene’s Ellie Logan, Saint Martin’s Hannah Reynolds and Western Oregon’s Natalie DeLonge.

This year’s Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team includes 26 repeat selections. Eight of those are three-time honorees: Alaska’s Wilson and Kailee Skjold, Alaska Anchorage’s Alysha Devine, Seattle Pacific’s Stacey Lukasiewicz and Hannah Rodrigues; and Western Washington’s Rachel Albert, Aleisha Hathaway and Taylor Peacocke.

Honorees for the GNAC All-Academic teams must be in their sophomore year of eligibility or greater and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better.


Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Gabriela Jimenez Psychology Sr. 3.25 Thornton, Colo.
*+ Kailee Skjold Emergency Management Sr. 3.86 Kasilof, Alaska
Marian Wamsley Communications So. 3.84 Valdez, Alaska
*+ Jordan Wilson Elementary Education Sr. 3.94 Henderson, Colo.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Sierra Afoa Social Work Jr. 3.72 Anchorage, Alaska
*+ Alysha Devine Human Services Sr. 3.80 Wasilla, Alaska
Kiki Robertson Nursing/Health Sciences Sr. 3.35 Honolulu, Hawaii
Tara Thompson Engineering So. 3.59 Anchorage, Alaska
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
McKenzie Day Undeclared So. 3.64 Kaysville, Utah
* Jasmin Edwards Clinical Physiology Jr. 3.66 Lynnwood, Wash.
* Rachel Lorentson Business Administration Jr. 3.55 Samammish, Wash.
Sadie Mensing Undeclared So. 3.85 Snohomish, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Erin Higbie Marketing So. 3.38 Spokane, Wash.
Stephanie Luce Marketing Sr. 3.21 Tacoma, Wash.
Jordyn Peacock Elementary Education Sr. 3.26 Beaverton, Ore.
Keesha Sarman Biology So. 3.43 Union, Ore.
* Briannah Smith Business Administration Sr. 3.92 San Francisco, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Taylor Edwards Health & Human Performance So. 3.20 Great Falls, Mont.
Tiana Hanson Elementary Education Sr. 4.00 Shepherd, Mont.
Brina Hull Pre-Medicine So. 3.53 Colstrip, Mont.
Rylee Kane Health & Human Performance Jr. 3.40 Red Lodge, Mont.
* Lexi Prevost Health & Human Performance Jr. 3.47 Sidney, Mont.
* Marissa Van Atta Business Management & Marketing Jr. 3.29 Billings, Mont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Kate Cryderman Pre-Physical Therapy PT Sr. 3.61 Kirkland, Wash.
* Colette Gall Political Science Jr. 3.77 Pasco, Wash.
* Ellie Logan Biology Jr. 3.94 Fossil, Ore.
* Kaitlyn Merritt Pre-Physical Therapy PT Jr. 3.40 Twin Falls, Idaho
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Rebekah Baugh Mathematics So. 3.26 Poulsbo, Wash.
Emma Kennedy Biology So. 3.60 Spokane, Wash.
Mallory Kessler Mathematics So. 3.25 Ritzville, Wash.
Abby Maneman Business Administration Jr. 3.43 Raymond, Wash.
* Hannah Reynolds Business Administration Jr. 3.97 Klamath Falls, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Jaylee Albert Business So. 3.53 Hamilton, Mont.
Julia Haining Accounting/Business So. 3.75 Lynnwood, Wash.
* Courtney Hollander Business Jr. 3.68 Lynden, Wash.
* Lindsay Lee Health & Fitness Education Jr. 3.66 Spokane, Wash.
*+ Stacey Lukasiewicz Exercise Science Sr. 3.46 Centennial, Colo.
* Jordan McPhee Business Jr. 3.98 Normandy Park Wash.
* Erica Pagano Business & Marketing Jr. 3.73 Happy Valley, Ore.
*+ Hannah Rodrigues Applied Human Biology Sr. 3.76 Eugene, Ore.
Madison Wright Management/Global Studies So. 3.47 Spokane, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Rachel Fradgley Psychology Jr. 3.40 London, Ont.
* Elisa Homer Business Administration Jr. 3.75 North Vancouver, B.C.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Sydney Azorr Early Childhood Education Jr. 3.45 Clackamas, Ore.
Kaylie Boschma Community Health So. 3.40 Tigard, Ore.
Launia Davis Visual Communication Sr. 3.76 Meridian, Idaho
Natalie DeLonge Exercise Science So. 3.94 Klamath Falls, Ore.
* Jasmine Miller Business Jr. 3.66 Tualatin, Ore.
Alison Nelke Business So. 4.00 Albany, Ore.
Leah Nicklason Exercise Science Sr. 3.46 Eugene, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+Rachel Albert Kinesiology Sr. 3.43 Bellingham, Wash.
*+ Aleisha Hathaway Kinesiology Sr. 3.61 Spokane, Wash.
Amanda Lance Physical Education So. 3.74 Buckley, Wash.
*+ Taylor Peacocke Sociology Sr. 3.55 Kenmore, Wash.
Jessica Valley Adult & Higher Education (Master’s) Sr. 3.65 Lafayette, Ind.
* - 2015-16 All-Academic Selection  + - 2014-15 All-Academic Selection