ATLANTA (March 16, 2020) – Stephanie Soares, of The Master’s University, is the 2020 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year and headlines the 2020 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team, announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association today.

Soares, a 6-6 sophomore guard from Sao Paulo, Brazil, averaged 20.7 points and 13.6 rebounds this season. She led NAIA Division 1 in both blocks (151) and double-doubles (24). Soares was recently named both the Golden State Athletic Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. She was also selected to the WBCA NAIA All-America team in 2019.

“Congratulations to WBCA NAIA Player of the Year Stephanie Soares and the members of the WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. "These young women have performed at an elite level of play throughout the season, and have inspired fans and young athletes alike.  The WBCA is proud to honor each of these student-athletes whose dedication and commitment to the sport has helped elevate our game to a new level.”

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.

Here are the 2020 WBCA NCAA NAIA Coaches’ All-Americans:



Kaila Anthony

Loyola University (LA)

Kaitlin Aylward

University of St. Francis

Kynedi Cheeseman

Dakota Wesleyan University

Haylee Croom

Freed-Hardeman University

Bailey Cummins

Shawnee State University

Madison Faulkner

Campbellsville University

Abby Oliver

College of the Ozarks

Abby Selzer

Oklahoma City University

Stephanie Soares

The Master’s University

Reagan Turner

Lindsey Wilson College


Here are the student-athletes who received 2020 WBCA NCAA NAIA Coaches’ All-America honorable mention:



Jordan Alford

Columbia College (MO)

Reyna Ammons

University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma

Tianna Ayulo

Johnson & Wales University (FL)

Becca Buchs

Taylor University

Victoria Chea

Vanguard University

Abby Downard

Marian College

Parker Esary

University of Providence

Chanel Fanter

Saint Xavier University

Sarah Fryman

Huntington University

Savannah Gregory

Campbellsville University

Amanda Hill

Kansas Wesleyan University

Kelcey Hinz

Kansas Wesleyan University

Morgan Martin

Bethel University (TN)

Morgan McKinney

Northwest Christian University

Brianna Mueller

Lindenwood University – Belleville

Joy Sadler

Middle Georgia State University

Abby Schmidt

Bethel College (KS)

Emily Schultz

Thomas More University

Tyasia Willis

Bethel University (TN)

Miranda Zaragoza

William Jessup 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.