Quartet Of Four-Timers Lead Women's Hoop All-Academic
The conference's four four-time honorees are, from left, Tennae Voliva of UAA, Kassidy Malcolm of CWU, Dani Iwami of WWU and Kendal Sands of SFU.
The conference's four four-time honorees are, from left, Tennae Voliva of UAA, Kassidy Malcolm of CWU, Dani Iwami of WWU and Kendal Sands of SFU.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore. – Sixty-eight women’s basketball players put the student in student-athlete by earning selection to the 2021-22 GNAC Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team, presented by Barnes & Noble College.

Leading the way is a quartet of honorees who earned selection for the fourth time. Alaska Anchorage forward Tennae Voliva has a 4.00 GPA as a graduate student and a 3.89 undergraduate as a clinical psychology major. Voliva is averaging 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

Central Washington senior forward Kassidy Malcolm is also among the four-time honorees. With a 4.00 GPA in CWU’s information and technology management graduate program, Malcolm had a 3.84 undergraduate GPA as a public relations major. One of the conference’s leading scorers, Malcolm is averaging 19 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

The other four-time honorees are Western Washington guard Dani Iwami and Simon Fraser guard Kendal Sands. Iwami, who has a 3.66 GPA as an environmental studies major, contributed 8.2 points and 2.5 points per game and led the conference in three-point percentage before going down with an injury.

Sands, who has a 3.84 GPA as a kinesiology major, is sidelined this year with an injury of her own, but she shot 42 percent from the field and 41 percent from three-point range in 2019-20.

Aside from Voliva and Malcolm, two other GNAC athletes are carrying perfect 4.0 GPAs: Alaska guard Destiny Riemers, a freshman majoring in rural development, and Saint Martin’s guard Tierney DeDonatis, who is in a health care management graduate program. Montana State Billings senior forward Shannon Reny is just behind with a 3.99 GPA as a health and human performance major.

Seattle Pacific boasted the most honorees of any school with 10 Falcons selected to the team. Western Washington and MSUB each had eight student-athletes selected.

Among the 68 selected, 35 were repeat selections, which includes the four four-time honorees and 10 three-time honorees: MSUB’s Taryn Shelley and Reny, Claire Dingus and Emma Wrede from Saint Martin’s, Seattle Pacific’s Rachel Berg and Natalie Hoff, Simon Fraser’s Claudia Hart and Sophie Klassen, Western Oregon’s Tresai McCarver and Western Washington’s Avery Dykstra.

To qualify for the GNAC All-Academic Teams, presented by Barnes & Noble College, nominees must be of sophomore eligibility or greater, have a minimum cumulative GPA or 3.20 or greater, be a letterwinner on their team and must be in their second year at the nominating institution. 

Thanks to eligibility waivers provided by the NCAA due to the cancellation of the 2020 season, players who continue to hold freshman eligibility but are in their second season of competition at the nominating institution were eligible for selection to the GNAC All-Academic Team.

Presented by Barnes & Noble College
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Pearle Green Social Work Fr. 3.56 Galena, Alaska
* Olivia Kraska Psychology So. 3.80 Fairbanks, Alaska
* Zosha Krupa Communication Sr. 3.72 Sitka, Alaska
* Caitlin Pusich Communication So. 3.68 Juneau, Alaska
Destiny Reimers Rural Development Fr. 4.00 Anchorage, Alaska
Sam Tolliver Communication So. 3.37 Seattle, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Kimani Fernandez Psychology Jr. 3.73 Wailuku, Hawaii
* Jahnna Hajdukovich Health Sciences Jr. 3.46 Anchorage, Alaska
* Rachel Ingram Justice So. 3.39 Colorado Springs, Colo.
* Stephanie Jackson Management Sr. 3.52 McKinney, Texas
Nicole Pinckney Natural Sciences Jr. 3.35 Chugiak, Alaska
*+# Tennae Voliva Clinical Psychology Sr. 4.00 Anchorage, Alaska
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Samantha Bowman Food Science & Nutrition Jr. 3.44 Zillah, Wash.
Kiera Bush Biology Jr. 3.60 Seattle, Wash.
Brinley Hagemeier Special Education P-12 Fr. 3.98 Ellensburg, Wash.
*+# Kassidy Malcolm Information & Technology Management Sr. 4.00 Ellensburg, Wash.
* Tori Maeda Biochemistry So. 3.72 Honolulu, Hawaii
Kizzah Maltezo Clinical Physiology Sr. 3.42 Honokaa, Hawaii
* Jenna Troy Construction Management So. 3.94 Kenmore, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Dyauni Boyce Elementary Education Fr. 3.90 Winifred, Mont.
Addison Gardner Health & Human Performance Sr. 3.23 Great Falls, Mont.
Cariann Kunkel Business Administration: Marketing Jr. 3.85 Hamilton, Mont.
Kortney Nelson Elementary Education Fr. 3.70 Scobey, Mont.
Skylar Patton Psychology Jr. 3.41 Houston, Texas
*+ Shannon Reny Health & Human Performance: Human Performance Option Sr. 3.99 Libby, Mont.
*+ Taryn Shelley Elementary Education Sr. 3.60 Shoreline, Wash.
Danielle Zahn Health & Human Performance So. 3.22 Florence, Mont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Analynn Bohner Social Work Fr. 3.67 Eagle, Idaho
Emma Clark Nursing So. 3.58 Melba, Idaho
* Clare Eubanks Criminal Justice So. 3.42 Pasco, Wash.
Erin Jenkins Psychology Jr. 3.28 Lompoc, Calif.
* Cami Knishka Secondary Education So. 3.62 Cashmere, Wash.
* Ellie Salisbury Secondary Education So. 3.92 Sumner, Wash.
Teagan Thurman Biology: Pre-Medicine Fr. 3.72 Tehachapi, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Maryn Budiman Biology Jr. 3.81 Vancouver, B.C.
Rian Clear Exercise Sport Science Fr. 3.56 Pullman, Wash.
* Tierney DeDonatis Health Care Management –
Grad Program
Sr. 4.00 Cave Creek, Ariz.
*+ Claire Dingus Accounting Jr. 3.63 Spokane Valley, Wash.
Lauryn Morris Elementary Education & Communication Fr. 3.32 Irvine, Calif.
* Janealle Sutterlict Political Science So. 3.23 Toppenish, Wash.
*+ Emma Wrede Business Administration Jr. 3.88 Greenwood Village, Colo.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Hunter Beirne Global Development So. 3.93 Mukilteo, Wash.
*+ Rachel Berg Business Administration Sr. 3.86 Bellevue, Wash.
Bayley Brennan Business Administration Jr. 3.41 Post Falls, Idaho
Anna Eddy Nursing So. 3.32 Portland, Ore.
*+ Natalie Hoff Visual Communications Sr. 3.90 Beaverton, Ore.
Hailey Marlow Business Administration So. 3.92 Spokane, Wash.
Malia Mastora Psychology So. 3.92 Alameda, Calif.
Beth Pettingill Nutrition So. 3.65 Folsom, Calif.
Adrienne Poling Business So. 3.70 Edmonds, Wash.
* Abril Rexach Roure Exercise Science Sr. 3.73 Lleida, Spain
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Claudia Hart Business Sr. 3.38 North Vancouver, B.C.
*+ Sophie Klassen Kinesiology Jr. 3.87 Chilliwack, B.C.
*+# Kendal Sands Kinesiology Sr. 3.84 Coquitlam, B.C.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Meadow Aragon Psychology So. 3.20 Grass Valley, Calif.
Madisyn Clark Undeclared Fr. 3.86 Moses Lake, Wash.
*+ Tresai McCarver Exercise Science Jr. 3.78 Renton, Wash.
* Cali McClave Community Health So. 3.66 Corvallis, Ore.
Princy Paaluhi-Caulk Exercise Science So. 3.48 Honolulu, Hawaii
Caitlin Wheeler Criminal Justice Fr. 3.89 Bend, Ore.
Casandra White Education Jr. 3.45 Modesto, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Gracie Castaneda Elementary Education Sr. 3.28 Arlington, Wash.
* Emma Duff Environmental Science Sr. 3.33 Tumwater, Wash.
*+ Avery Dykstra Business Administration Jr. 3.70 Everson, Wash.
Riley Dykstra Elementary Education Fr. 3.55 Everson, Wash.
* Monique Fierke Public Health Sr. 3.36 Monroe, Wash.
*+# Dani Iwami Environmental Studies Sr. 3.66 Seal Beach, Calif.
Mollie Olson English Jr. 3.22 Napavine, Wash.
* Carley Zaragoza Environmental Science So. 3.88 El Dorado, Calif.
* - 2020-21 All-Academic Selection
+ - 2019-20 All-Academic Selection    
# - 2018-19 All Academic Selection