Pioneers Women's Basketball Ranked Number One In NJCAA Poll

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.- The Northland Community & Technical College Pioneers women’s basketball team are starting their season as the number one ranked team in the nation in Division III. Rock Valley (Il), Mohawk Valley (NY), Roxbury (MA), and Madison (WI) round out the top five based on preseason predictions. The Pioneers have started off 2-0 this season after the completion of the LRSC Tournament in Devils Lake, ND.

The Pioneers will be returning two starters, Myesha Caldwell and ShaRon Miller. The rest of the team will provide a size advantage and the team intends to build off that. The team features the tallest line-up during Nelson’s tenure as coach, with newcomers Alexia Olson (Red Lake Falls, MN), a 6’2” post player who transferred in from Mayville State University (NAIA, Division II) in Mayville, North Dakota, and freshman Megan Swedberg (Ogema, MN), a 6’1” post player.

Coach Shannon Nelson had this to say, “We are young but we are really talented. I see a lot of potential with this group and we are going to be able to create a lot of matchup issues for other teams with our size.”

Learn more about the women's basketball team and how Coach Shannon Nelson continues to build their success on and off the court.

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.