4 For 4.00 On Women’s Basketball Academic All-GNAC Team
Northwest Nazarene's Cami Knishka stands out among all-academic honorees as a four-time selection and the owner of a 4.00 GPA.
Northwest Nazarene's Cami Knishka stands out among all-academic honorees as a four-time selection and the owner of a 4.00 GPA.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
by Thomas Lal

PORTLAND, Ore. – A quartet of 4.00 players lead 48 total selections to the 2024 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team, presented by Barnes and Noble College.

Spanning four different programs, the four top academic players for the 2023-24 season head up a field that includes 25 repeat honorees and a pair of four-time selections. Northwest Nazarene senior guard Cami Knishka sits at the intersection of both those honors as a four-time academic all-GNAC honoree and the owner of a 4.00 grade point average while pursuing a master’s degree in education. On the court, Knishka has been a valuable defensive player for the Nighthawks, snagging 1.6 steals per game to lead the team.

Alaska junior guard Destiny Reimers and Western Washington junior guard Maddy Grandbois both return to the all-academic team with 4.00 honors for the second straight year with Reimers making her third appearance on the squad. Reimers owns a perfect GPA as a rural development major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has been one of the top-scoring players for the Nanooks outside of the classroom with an average of 10.5 points per game.

Grandbois has earned her 4.00 GPA at Western Washington University as a major in law with a concentration in diversity and justice while facilitating the offense for the Vikings. On the season, Grandbois is averaging 2.1 assists per game and ranks 11th in the conference with a +1.6 assist to turnover ratio through 17 games for WWU.

Seattle Pacific junior guard Hunter Beirne represents the Falcons with a 4.00 GPA as a major in teaching. The Mukilteo, Wash., native is also making her third appearance on the team. Beirne has been a consistent scoring presence for SPU, ranking third for the Falcons with 8.4 points per game while also pulling in 3.6 rebounds per contest.

Western Oregon’s Cali McClave makes her fourth consecutive selection to the academic all-GNAC team with a 3.68 GPA while majoring in community health. The senior guard has been among the league’s leading scorers this season and sits fourth in the conference with 17 points per game just over halfway through the conference slate. McClave also ranks second with 2.4 steals per contest and is seventh in the GNAC with 3.1 assists per game.

Montana State Billings leads all programs with eight players earning academic all-conference honors followed by Saint Martin’s and Western Oregon with six honorees apiece. 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.

Academic All-GNAC – Women’s Basketball – 2024

Total Selections: 48 | Fourth year: 2 Third year: 10 | Second year: 13 | Newcomers: 23

*-2022-23 All-Academic Selection | #-2021-22 All-Academic Selection | !-2020-21 All-Academic Selection

Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown School
Elaina Mack Kinesiology SO 3.22 King Cove, AK UAA
Vishe' Rabb MBA SR 3.88 Springfield, MN UAA
Kate Robertson Health Sciences JR 3.93 Casper, WY UAA
Kayla Johnson Psychology SO 3.83 Federal Way, WA UAF
Emma McKenney Sport & Recreation Business SR 3.97 Springfield, OR UAF
Destiny Reimers #* Rural Development JR 4.00 Anchorage, AK UAF
Jayda Van Dyke Business Administration JR 3.88 Herriman, UT UAF
Emma Wass Sport & Recreation Business SR 3.43 Belgrade, MT UAF
Shelby Blodgett Public Health SO 3.96 Clatskanie, OR CWU
Asher Cai Undeclared SO 3.78 Colfax, WA CWU
Valerie Huerta* Social Services (BS JR 3.54 Whittier, CA CWU
Riley Johnson Elementary Education SO 3.78 Cashmere, WA CWU
Malia Smith Elementary Education JR 3.48 Snohomish, WA CWU
Natalie Andreas* Special Education SR 3.88 Yakima, WA MSUB
Dyauni Boyce #* Special Education JR 3.96 Winifred, MT MSUB
Aspen Giese* Mathematics - Teaching JR 3.90 Fort Benton, MT MSUB
Kaitlin Grossman Nursing SO 3.84 Billings, MT MSUB
Shayla Montague* Business Administration: Management SR 3.26 Billings, MT MSUB
Kortney Nelson #* Elementary Education JR 3.83 Scobey, MT MSUB
Chloe Williams* HHP - Human Performance JR 3.97 Liberty Lake, WA MSUB
Danielle Zahn #* HHP - Human Performance SR 3.47 Florence, MT MSUB
Emma Clark #* Nursing SR 3.54 Melba, ID NNU
Kate Clark* Nursing JR 3.51 Melba, ID NNU
Shawnacee Davis Pre-Counseling JR 3.62 Tacoma, WA NNU
Elliett Lee Management SO 3.48 Meridian, ID NNU
Cami Knishka !#* Masters of Education SR 4.00 Cashmere, WA NNU
Rian Clear #* Exercise Science JR 3.69 Pullman, WA SMU
Laia Currius* Social Work JR 3.73 Taradell, Spain SMU
Anjel Galbraith Psychology SR 3.69 Vallejo, CA SMU
Sarah Lamet Civil Engineering SO 3.53 Tigard, OR SMU
Lauryn Morris #* Education JR 3.54 Irvine, CA SMU
Kiana Rios Education SO 3.28 Warden, WA SMU
Hunter Beirne #* MA Teaching JR 4.00 Mukilteo, WA SPU
Schuyler Berry* Global Studies JR 3.93 Portland, OR SPU
Emilia Bishop Communications SO 3.52 Wilsonville, OR SPU
Jalena Carlisle* Business JR 3.59 Camas, WA SPU
Hailey Marlow #* Business SR 3.90 Spokane, WA SPU
Lolo Weatherspoon* Communications JR 3.27 Camas, WA SPU
Gracie Arnold Business SO 3.35 Cottage Grove, OR WOU
Gretta Baker Exercise Science SO 3.46 Portland, OR WOU
Kiylynn Dawkins Business JR 3.45 Beaverton, OR WOU
Ally Harman Biology SR 3.61 Kelso, WA WOU
Ana McClave* Public Health JR 3.36 Corvallis, OR WOU
Cali McClave !#* Community Health SR 3.68 Corvallis, OR WOU
Riley Dykstra #* Education JR 3.61 Everson, WA WWU
Maddy Grandbois* Law, Diversity & Justice JR 4.00 Marysville, WA WWU
Stephanie Peterson Molecular & Cell Biology SR 3.92 Broomfield, CO WWU
Brooke Walling* Mathematics SR 3.63 Vancouver, WA WWU