Shantell Marquis of Montana State Billings is ranked in the top 10 nationally for three different categories and is the national leader for assists per game for NCAA Division II women's basketball.
Marquis, a junior point guard from Great Falls High, is averaging 7.6 assists per game and is on pace to break the Great Northwest Athletic Conference single-season record of 7.19. She is also on GNAC-record pace in steals, where she ranks ninth nationally, averaging 3.9 a game. The record is 3.62. Marquis ranks 10th in assists/turnover ratio (2.21).
MSUB's Alira Carpenter ranks fifth nationally for scoring (24.1), while the Yellowjackets rank first as a team for assists (20 a game) and seventh for assist/turnover ratio (1.17).
Marquis is one of three GNAC women players ranked No. 1 this week. Jamey Gelhar of SaintMartin's, who has made a conference-record 39 straight foul shots, is the national free throw leader (96.4) and Jackie Thiel of Alaska Anchorage leads in 3-point field goal percentage (60.3).
For MSUB men, point guard Mario Burns ranks sixth in the nation for assist per game (6.8) and Michael Hall 10th for 3-pointers (3.5).