Teams of the Decade: Hawks keep high-level talent close to home

Ali Schwagmeyer was one of several area products to star for the Quincy University women's basketball program in the past decade. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 5, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Jul. 5, 2020 10:02 am

A promising start to the decade filled with 20-win seasons and NCAA Division II national tournament invitations ended with a thud.

Before that happened, the Quincy University women's basketball program was churning out high-level talent and chasing an elite eight berth. Getting back to that level is the challenge in the next decade.

It's going to take finding transcending talent like Ali Schwagmeyer, bulldogged competitors like Maggie Cunningham and athletic difference makers like Courtney Shuman and Anika Webster. The talent the Hawks had the first seven years of the decade matches up against any team in the GLVC.

With that in mind, here is the QU women's basketball program's all-decade team for 2010-19, as selected by Senior Sports Writer Matt Schuckman:


Carly Bettencourt, Guard, Class of 2015

A smooth shooter who also was solid handling the ball and distributing, Bettencourt earned second-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors as a senior when she was one of the best 3-point and free-throw shooters in the nation. She shot 47.1 percent from the arc and 85 percent from the line, ranking in the top 15 nationally in both categories. She also averaged 10 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. She finished her career shooting 46.6 percent from 3-point range and 85.7 percent from the line.


Lucy Cramsey, Guard, Class of 2014

The Liberty product capped her senior season with a slew of postseason honors. Cramsey was a second-team All-Midwest Region selection and a first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference pick, as well as being named to the GLVC All-Defense team and the GLVC's all-tournament team. She led the Hawks with 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds, to go along with 64 assists and 53 steals. She was an All-GLVC first-team and all-defensive team selection as a junior, and she finished her career with 1,037 points and 619 rebounds.


Maggie Cunningham, Guard, Class of 2016

The do-it-all point guard did everything for the Hawks as a senior when she averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists -- all team highs -- and led them to 25 victories and their last NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. Cunningham was a first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and a second-team All-Midwest Region selection as a senior, shooting 85.3 percent from the free-throw line. She finished her career with 994 points, 395 rebounds and 394 assists.


Kara Gerbus, Forward, Class of 2016

Gerbus made a name for herself as a clutch performer, hitting a pair of last-second shots to force overtime against Missouri-St. Louis and Indianapolis her senior. A second-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection, Gerbus averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds as the Hawks won 25 games and reached the NCAA Division II national tournament. She finished her career with 835 points and 385 rebounds.


Linsay Henke, Center, Class of 2012

Henke teamed with fellow all-decade selection Ali Schwagmeyer to form one of the most dominant inside tandems in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. A first-team All-GLVC and all-defensive team selection as a senior, Henke set the single-season blocked shots record with 70 -- a mark broken last winter by Alexa Low. She also averaged 13.9 points and a team-leading 8.4 rebounds, while recording nine double-doubles. She finished her two-year career with 98 blocked shots and 351 rebounds.


Ali Schwagmeyer, Forward, Class of 2012

Named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year as a junior and a first-team all-conference pick as a senior despite missing a month of the season with a wrist injury, Schwagmeyer will be remembered as one of the program's all-time greats. As a junior, she led the GLVC in scoring at 17.8 points, averaged 6.6 rebounds and topped the Hawks with 121 assists and 45 steals. As a senior, the Central product averaged 18 points and 7.9 rebounds to go along with 86 assists and 56 steals. She earned first-team All-Midwest Region honors both seasons and has enjoyed a fruitful career playing professionally overseas.


Courtney Shuman, Forward, Class of 2011

A force inside on three NCAA Division II national tournament teams and part of four 20-win seasons, Shuman had a nose for the ball unlike any other. As a senior, when she earned first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and second-team All-Midwest Region honors, the Clark County product averaged 17.1 points and 7.6 rebounds, while shooting 56.7 percent from the field and adding a team-high 54 steals. She ranks in the top 10 in career points with 1,368 and career rebounds with 823.


Stephanie Wagner, Guard, Class of 2011

Arguably the best pure shooter of the decade and one of the best in program history, Wagner was a second-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection and second-team All-Midwest Region pick as a senior when she established single-season school and conference records for 3-point shooting. She made 114 treys and shot 52.3 percent from beyond the arc, leading NCAA Division II in both categories. She finished her career shooting 49.8 percent from 3-point range, highest in program history.


Anika Webster, Forward, Class of 2018

A three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection and the GLVC Freshman of the Year in 2015, Webster developed into the primary offensive option by her senior season as she proved she could score at the rim and from the perimeter. She averaged 17.2 points and 5.1 rebounds, while knocking down 47 3-pointers and shooting 82-percent from the free-throw line. The Springfield native finished her career with 1,367 points and 531 rebounds.


Hannah Weedman, Center, Class of 2014

A transfer from Evansville, Weedman made an immediate impact in the middle. The 6-foot-3 center was a Great Lakes Valley Conference all-defensive team pick as a junior when she averaged 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds to go with 31 blocked shots. As a senior, she was a second-team All-GLVC selection when she averaged 12 points and 4.9 rebounds with 31 blocked shots. She shot 55.7 percent from the field, which was second in the GLVC and among the 20 nationally.