Leader Of Pack: Nelke Leads Women's Hoop All-Academic
Nelke, a three-time All-Academic selection, has started all 18 games this season for the Wolves.
Nelke, a three-time All-Academic selection, has started all 18 games this season for the Wolves.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – Four years on the court and in the classroom for Western Oregon’s Ali Nelke and four years of straight As.

The Wolves’ senior forward has excelled not only on the court, but as a business major. She headlines the 2018-19 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team as the only member on the squad with a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average.

While maintaining her sterling grades, Nelke moved back into a full-time starter after playing in 18 games in a reserve role during the 2017-18 campaign. She enters the week averaging 8.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while starting in all 18 games this season. She is ranked , second in the GNAC with a .556 field goal percentage, is fifth with 1.4 blocked shots per game and ninth in rebounding.

A total of 53 student-athletes were named to the Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team. To qualify for the team, a student-athlete must be of sophomore standing or higher, be in their second season at the nominating school and have a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average.

A total of 12 players made the All-Academic Team with a GPA of 3.80 or greater.

Of the 53 total honorees, 29 are repeat selections. Nelke leads the list of 13 honorees who are on the team for the third time. That includes Alaska senior Marian Wamsley, Alaska Anchorage senior Tara Thompson, Central Washington senior Sadie Mensing, Montana State Billings seniors Taylor Edwards, Brina Hull and Vanessa Stavish; Northwest Nazarene senior Ellie Logan, Saint Martin’s seniors Rebekah Baugh, Emma Kennedy and Mallory Kessler; Seattle Pacific senior Jaylee Albert and Western Oregon senior Natalie DeLonge.

Concordia and Saint Martin’s each had seven selections to the All-Academic Team. Montana State Billings and Northwest Nazarene each had six selections.


Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Emily Evans Psychology Sr. 3.32 Cheyenne, Wyo.
Brittany Richards Business Adminsitration Jr. 3.75 Dunedin, New Zealand
* Kylie Wallace Social Work Jr. 3.94 Petersburg, Alaska
*# Marian Wamsley Psychology Sr. 3.80 Valdez, Alaska
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Yazmeen Goo Justice Jr. 3.44 Daly City, Calif.
*+ Tara Thompson Accounting & Management Sr. 3.70 Anchorage, Alaska
Tennae Voliva Psychology So. 3.79 Anchorage, Alaska
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Kaelie Flores Family & Child Life Jr. 3.25 Keizer, Ore.
Kassidy Malcolm Adventure Leadership So. 3.69 Ellensburg, Wash.
*+ Sadie Mensing Mechanical Engineering Tech Sr. 3.78 Snohomish, Wash.
* Alexis Pana Art Jr. 3.53 Hilo, Hawaii
* Taylor Shaw Recreation Tourism & Events Jr. 3.52 Oregon City, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Abigail Aplaca Biology So. 3.90 Waipahu, Hawaii
Tamika Etherly Psychology Jr. 3.60 Tualatin, Ore.
* Erin Higbie Marketing Sr. 3.64 Spokane, Wash.
Iraide Juez Barona Elementary Education So. 3.79 Mallorca, Spain
Rebecca Taylor Education & Sport Science Sr. 3.61 Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Taylor Thompson Biology So. 3.71 Tucson, Ariz.
Georgia Williams Homeland Security Sr. 3.33 Ashland, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Taylor Cunningham Health & Human Performance - Teaching Option Jr. 3.59 Spokane, Wash.
*+ Taylor Edwards Health & Human Performance - Human Performance Option Sr. 3.35 Great Falls, Mont.
*+ Brina Hull Biology Sr. 3.56 Colstrip, Mont.
* Jeanann Lemelin Public Relations Jr. 3.90 Billings, Mont.
*# Vanessa Stavish Mathematics – Teaching Option Sr. 3.40 Frenchtown, Mont.
* Janessa Williams Elementary Education Jr. 3.72 Clancy, Mont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Avery Albrecht Marketing Jr. 3.70 La Grande, Ore.
+# Ellie Logan Master’s of Business Administration Sr. 3.92 Fossil, Ore.
Carly Parker Recreation & Sport Management Sr. 3.28 Pocatello, Idaho
* Maya Rodgers Biology Sr. 3.46 Meridian Idaho
* McKenna Walker Management Sr. 3.47 Moses Lake, Wash.
Zoe Wessels Nutrition Jr. 3.60 Council, Idaho
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Rebekah Baugh Business Administration Sr. 3.51 Poulsbo, Wash.
Sara Bowen Accounting So. 3.81 Lacey, Wash.
*+ Emma Kennedy Biology Sr. 3.71 Spokane, Wash.
*+ Mallory Kessler Business Administration Sr. 3.49 Ritzville, Wash.
Marissa Miller Criminology & Criminal Justice/Psychology So. 3.94 Tucson, Ariz.
* Makenna Schultz Biology Jr. 3.29 Lacey, Wash.
Saniah Simpson-Patu Sociology & Cultural Anthropology So. 3.38 Las Vegas, Nev.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Jaylee Albert Business Administration Sr. 3.52 Hamilton, Mont.
Hailee Bennett Accounting So. 3.85 Kalispell, Mont.
* Riley Evans Communications Sr. 3.52 Terrigal, Australia
Madi Hingston Business Administration Jr. 3.59 Keizer, Ore.
Cici West Master’s of Arts in Management Sr. 3.85 Seattle, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Tayler Drynan Business Administration Jr. 3.69 Spokane, Wash.
Jessica Jones Criminology So. 3.85 Richmond, B.C.
Kendal Sands Kinesiology So. 3.78 Coquitlam, B.C.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Natalie DeLonge Exercise Science Sr. 3.87 Klamath Falls, Ore.
Olivia Denton Exercise Science So. 3.44 Auburn, Wash.
*+ Ali Nelke Business Sr. 4.00 Albany, Ore.
Taisha Thomas Business Sr. 3.24 Honolulu, Hawaii
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Lexie Bland Kinesiology Jr. 3.45 Ellensburg, Wash.
Dani Iwami Environmental Studies Jr. 3.61 Seal Beach, Calif.
Kelsey Rogers Biology So. 3.25 Bothell, Wash.


* - 2017-18 All-Academic Selection
+ - 2016-17 All-Academic Selection    
# - 2015-16 All-Academic Selection