Lights-Out Pair Leads Women’s Hoops All-Academic Team
Western Washington's Maddy Grandbois and Alaska's Destiny Reimers lead the 2023 GNAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team with 4.00 GPA's.
Western Washington's Maddy Grandbois and Alaska's Destiny Reimers lead the 2023 GNAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team with 4.00 GPA's.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore. – A pair of 4.00 grade point average performers lead 55 players on the court and in the classroom as part of the 2022-23 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team, presented by Barnes and Noble College.

Alaska sophomore guard Destiny Reimers and Western Washington sophomore guard Maddy Grandbois headline the team. Reimers owns a 4.00 GPA as a rural development major while Grandbois holds her 4.00 GPA as an interdisciplinary studies major. Of the 55 selections, 14 have a GPA of 3.90 or higher.

Reimers has been a top-five offensive threat for the Nanooks this season, averaging 9.1 points per game to rank 31st in the GNAC while shooting 43.4% from the field and 24.3% from three-point range. She also pulls in an average of 4.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.6 assists per contest.

Grandbois has played in all 22 games of the Vikings’ season and is averaging 5.1 points and three rebounds per game while shooting 38.6% from the field and 39.4% from beyond the three-point arc.

The All-Academic Team features 36 repeat honorees including four four-time selections, 13 three-time honorees and 17 two-time award-winners. The four-time All-Academic players include Montana State Billings senior forward Taryn Shelley, Seattle Pacific senior forward Natalie Hoff, Simon Fraser senior forward Sophie Klassen and Western Washington senior guard Avery Dykstra.

Dykstra leads the quartet of four-time GNAC All-Academic players with a 3.72 GPA as a business management major. Dykstra has been a valuable contributor for the Vikings this season, starting all 22 games WWU has competed in and ranks seventh in the conference with .90 blocked shots per game while shooting 40.4% from three-point range.

Montana State Billings leads all teams with 10 players on the team, followed by Seattle Pacific and Western Washington with eight honorees.

To qualify for the GNAC All-Academic Teams nominees must be of sophomore eligibility or greater, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 or greater on a 4.00 scale, be on the team roster for the full season and must be in their second year at the nominating institution.

Presented by Barnes & Noble College
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Olivia Kraska Psychology Jr. 3.75 Fairbanks, Alaska
Paola Perez-Mendoza Psychology So. 3.78 Bayamon, P.R.
*+ Caitlin Pusich Communications Jr. 3.74 Juneau, Alaska
* Destiny Reimers Rural Development So. 4.00 Anchorage, Alaska
* Sam Tolliver Communications So. 3.45 Seattle, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Kimani Fernandez Psychology Sr. 3.77 Wailuku, Hawaii
*+ Jahnna Hajdukovich Health Sciences Sr. 3.49 Anchorage, Alaska
*+ Rachel Ingram Dietetics Sr. 3.32 Colorado Springs, Colo.
* Nicole Pinckney Natural Sciences Sr. 3.45 Chugiak, Alaska
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Samantha Bowman Nutrition Sr. 3.66 Zillah, Wash.
* Kiera Bush Biology Sr. 3.68 Seattle, Wash.
Claire Heitschmidt Construction Management So. 3.92 Vancouver, Wash.
Valerie Huerta Undeclared So. 3.93 Whittier, Calif.
*+ Tori Maeda Biochemistry Sr. 3.57 Honolulu, Hawaii
*+ Jenna Troy Construction Management Jr. 3.75 Kenmore, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Natalie Andreas Special Education Jr. 3.80 Yakima, Wash.
* Dyauni Boyce Elementary Education So. 3.94 Winifred, Mont.
Aspen Giese Mathematics – Teaching So. 3.96 Fort Benton, Mont.
* Cariann Kunkel Business Administration: Marketing Sr. 3.90 Hamilton, Mont.
Shayla Montague Business Administration: Management Jr. 3.23 Billings, Mont.
* Kortney Nelson Elementary Education So. 3.77 Scobey, Mont.
* Skylar Patton Psychology Sr. 3.42 Houston, Texas
*+# Taryn Shelley Elementary Education Sr. 3.60 Shoreline, Wash.
Chloe Williams Health & Human Performance - Performance Option So. 3.98 Liberty Lake, Wash.
* Danielle Zahn Health & Human Performance - Performance Option Jr. 3.30 Florence, Mont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Analynn Bohner Social Work So. 3.78 Eagle, Idaho
McKenna Castledine Business Administration So. 3.90 Eagle, Idaho
* Emma Clark Nursing  Jr. 3.51 Melba, Idaho
Kate Clark Nursing So. 3.57 Melba, Idaho
*+ Clare Eubanks Criminal Justice Jr. 3.41 Pasco, Wash.
Ellie Friend Secondary Education Jr. 3.93 Sumner, Wash.
*+ Cami Knishka Secondary Education Jr. 3.70 Cashmere, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Rian Clear Exercise Science So. 3.60 Pullman, Wash.
Laia Currius Social Work So. 3.44 Taradell, Spain
* Lauryn Morris Elementary Education & Communication So. 3.45 Irvine, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Hunter Beirne Global Development Studies So. 3.90 Mukilteo, Wash.
Schuyler Berry Global Development Studies So. 3.94 Poartland, Ore.
Jalena Carlisle Business Administration So. 3.64 Camas, Wash.
* Anna Eddy Exercise Science So. 3.36 Portland, Ore.
Maya Hoff Business Administration So. 3.62 Beaverton, Ore.
*+# Natalie Hoff Visual Communication Sr. 3.91 Beaverton, Ore.
* Hailey Marlow Business Administration So. 3.91 Spokane, Wash.
Lolo Weatherspoon Undeclared So. 3.31 Camas, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+# Sophie Klassen Kinesiology Sr. 3.56 Chilliwack, B.C.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Ana McClave Public Health So. 3.55 Corvallis, Ore.
*+ Cali McClave Community Health Jr. 3.65 Corvallis, Ore.
* Princy Paaluhi-Caulk Exercise Science Sr. 3.50 Honolulu, Hawaii
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+# Avery Dykstra Business Management Sr. 3.72 Everson, Wash.
* Riley Dykstra Elementary Education So. 3.46 Everson, Wash.
*+ Monique Fierke Public Health Sr. 3.48 Monroe, Wash.
Maddy Grandbois Interdisciplinary Studies So. 4.00 Marysville, Wash.
* Mollie Olson English Sr. 3.38 Napavine, Wash.
Truitt Reilly Business Management So. 3.50 Silverton, Ore.
Brooke Walling Math/Secondary Education Jr. 3.56 Vancouver, Wash.
*+ Carley Zaragoza Environmental Science Sr. 3.84 El Dorado, Calif.
* - 2021-22 All-Academic Selection 
+ - 2020-21 All-Academic Selection    
# - 2019-20 All Academic Selection