Player of the Year Ella Collier headlines 2023 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team

ATLANTA (March 15, 2023) – Ella Collier of Marian University is the 2023 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year and headlines the 2023 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

The WBCA presents the Player of the Year award annually to the top player in five of the six WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions II, and III, NAIA, two-year college and high school). The Player of the Year and the 10-member Coaches’ All-America team in each division are selected by a committee of WBCA member coaches in that division. The Wade Trophy is presented to the best player in NCAA Division I.

"The WBCA is pleased to name Ella Collier as the 2023WBCA NAIA Player of the Year,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “She is most deserving of this distinguished honor. The WBCA applauds Ella for her hard work, dedication and contributions to the game during the 2022-23 season.”

Here are the 2023 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-Americans:




Melissa Akullu

Vanguard University

Zoie Barth

Thomas More University

Stefanie Berberabe

Westmont College

Grace Beyer

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy

Sandra Cannady

Loyola University

Ella Collier

Marian University

Ella Skeens

University of Rio Grande

Kyra Whitaker

Indiana Institute of Technology

Kaitlynn Wilks

Campbellsville University

Taya Wilson

Sterling College

 “We congratulate remaining members of the 2023 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team as well,” said Donehew. “These young women have worked to elevate their teams and themselves to an elite level of competition. Through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have also lifted the women’s game.”

Here are the student-athletes who received 2023 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America honorable mention:



Nequoia Adams

Faulkner University

Kertisa Amos

Texas Wesleyan University

Claire Austin

Saint Xavier University

Peyton Banks

Siena Heights University

Kiara Brown

Menlo College

Shy Christopher

Mid-America Christian University

Jenna Cooper-Jackson

Wayland Baptist University

Rebekah Engle

William Carey University

Brynley Fitzgerald

University of Montana-Western

Kennedy Hansberry

Loyola University

Courtney Hurst

Thomas More University

Sha'kyia Parker

Siena Heights University

Jamie Pickens

Carroll College

Courtney Pritchett

Campbellsville University

Faith Ross

Bellevue University

Zoe Rust

Tabor College

Kennedy Schlabach

Keiser University

Karsen Schultz

Sterling College

Asha Scott

Bellevue University

Tarrah Stephens

John Brown University

About the WBCA

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit for more details about the association.

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