Two Defenders and Dordt University women’s basketball coach Bill Harmsen earn NAIA National Honors

Sioux Center – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2023-24 Women’s Basketball All-America Teams and Macy Sievers and Karly Gustafson earned first and third-team honors respectively and Bill Harmsen was named the 2024 NAIA National Coach of the Year.

The Defenders finished a historic season with the program’s first national title on Tuesday, March 26 and a 35-2 record. 

Sievers led the team in scoring this season with a 12.6 points per game average with 6.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.  She made 51 percent of her field goals and 37.5 percent of her three-point shots and was named to the All-GPAC First-Team and has the two highest single season assists totals in program history with 189 when she won GPAC Freshman of the Year honors and 253 this season as she also was named the NAIA National Championship Tournament MVP.

Gustafson earned third-team honors after claiming second-team honors last season.  She averaged 12.4 points per game with 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and has earned All-GPAC honors five times and graduates as the all-time points (1976) and rebounds (1099) leader at Dordt.  Gustafson is also seventh all-time in assists (312) and sixth in steals (172) and she was on the NAIA All-Tournament team in 2022 and 2024 and earned the Hustle Award at the National Championship in 2022.  The Defenders are 133-35 in Gustafson’s five seasons.

Harmsen has been the Dordt head coach since the 2018-19 season when he coached the Defenders to the program’s first 20-win season and a berth in the NAIA National Championship field.  He’s coached the Defenders to five 20-win seasons and two 30-win seasons. Harmsen has been the GPAC Coach of the Year three times (2019, 2023, 2024) and has a 153-47 career record at Dordt.

The link to the full NAIA honors is here.

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