Idaho Vandals

Idaho’s 2019 senior class boasts some of the best female athletes in school history

The 2018-19 school year has been particularly good to University of Idaho women’s athletes.

Four of the most decorated Vandals in school history are set to graduate on Saturday, and two more will have their degrees in another semester. Here’s a look back at their accomplishments over the course of their four-year careers:

Kelly Dopke, soccer

The 2018 Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year was one of 21 females chosen from across the country to receive the 2018-19 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship worth $10,000. Dopke, a senior defender from Arcadia, California, has maintained a 4.0 GPA as a pre-med student while appearing in 78 games as a Vandal and only missing one start due to injury. Dopke is the first Idaho soccer player and only the third female Vandal to earn Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team honors. Her class leaves Idaho as the winningest in program history, having won 41 games in four seasons.

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Mikayla Ferenz, basketball

The 2018-19 Big Sky Player of the Year led Idaho to a regular-season conference title and two wins in the WNIT by averaging 22 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. The senior from Walla Walla, Washington, finishes her career with a school- and Big Sky-record 2,466 points. Ferenz also made 415 3-pointers over her career, becoming just the sixth woman in NCAA history to surpass 400 triples. Her skill extends beyond the basketball court as the actuarial science major was named the 2018-19 Women’s Basketball Division I Academic All-American of the Year with a 4.0 GPA. She is the first Vandal and first woman in Big Sky history to earn the award in any sport.

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Idaho guard Mikayla Ferenz pushes the basketball into a fastbreak against Portland State in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at CenturyLink Arena in Downtown Boise. Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com

Taylor Pierce, basketball

The senior from Carlsbad, California, is not only the best 3-point shooter in program history but arguably in NCAA history. She set NCAA single-season records for total 3-pointers made (154) and 3-pointers per game (4.53) this past season. Pierce finished her career with a school- and Big Sky-record 472 3-pointers, which is tied for the second most in NCAA history. She averaged 19 points per game as a senior to earn All-Big Sky First Team recognition and totaled 1,934 points over her Vandal career. Pierce was invited to compete in the women’s 3-point championship at the 31st annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-pointer Championships in Minneapolis.

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Idaho senior Taylor Pierce hits a 3-pointer while defended by Northern Arizona’s Peyton Carroll in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament last month at CenturyLink Arena in Downtown Boise. Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com

Sophie Hausmann, golf

The Nottuln, Germany, native is the only Vandal to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She is a two-time Big Sky Player of the Year, two-time Big Sky individual champion and a four-time first-team All-Big Sky honoree. Last season, Hausmann became the first Vandal to finish under par at an NCAA Regional and went on that summer to compete at the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, European Ladies’ Amateur Championship and the World Amateur Team Championship. She will graduate with a degree in business economics and plans to pursue a career in professional golf.

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Sophie Hausmann, of Germany, hits off the 11th fairway during the first round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur golf tournament at Champions Retreat in Evans, Ga., Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/David Goldman) David Goldman AP

Marianna Petrei, tennis

The senior from Udine, Italy, is a three-time Big Sky MVP and four-time All-Big Sky First Team singles pick. She posted a 15-4 overall record this past season with a 10-0 mark in conference play. Over her four-year career, Petrei went 40-0 against Big Sky opponents during the regular season. She qualified for the NCAA Tournament as an individual in 2018 but suffered her first loss to a league opponent in the title match of the 2019 Big Sky Championships in late April.

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The Oregon Ducks take on the Idaho Vandals at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene, Oregon on March 1, 2019 (Samuel Marshall/Eric Evans Photography) Samuel Marshall Courtesy of University of Idaho

Janelle Lucas, diving

The senior from Mission Viejo, California, will graduate as arguably the best diver in program history. She is the first four-time conference champion on platform in Western Athletic Conference history and only the third woman in WAC history to sweep any individual event in swimming and diving. Lucas advanced to the championship final in all three diving events at the 2019 WAC Championships to improve her career total at the meet to 165 points — the most by a diver in program history and the second most by any Vandal swimmer or diver in individual events. She will graduate with a degree in psychology.

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