The most popular states that have well-known schools with majors in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography (the typical name for that major) are Florida, Texas, California, Hawaii, South Carolina, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It looks like U of Minnesota does not have such a program at the undergrad level, as far as I can see. It looks like Div 3 Gustavus Adolphus might have such a major.Stumbled across this article because it triggered my WNBA alert.
The future just keeps getting brighter for Park Center's Adalia McKenzie, who's hoping to bring home a state championship.minnesota.cbslocal.com
The article also mentions she‘s interested in marine biology. Is the U on top for that curriculum?
I went to a comprehensive web site that allowed to choose your major, and chose all schools with a major in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography that also had women's basketball programs, throwing away those no-name schools that are too small or that are not Division I. That gave me about 20 schools (not including Minnesota on that list, by the way) to which I added a few schools from varioius rankings per google search of "marine biology top universities." The parentheses preceding a school below) gives one or more rankings from various google searches (mostly top-10s but one with rankings out to 26). No preceding parentheses means not ranked academically for marine biology.
I then looked up their women's basketball team's current RPI (shown in parentheses after school name, along with league name) and got rid of those that were not NCAA Division I - which got rid of the best-ranked college - (1, 1) Eckerd College, and also eliminated (7, 7, 5) New England - both prestigious schools in Marine Biology, but not Div 1. The remaining schools were ranked in order of current RPI of their women's basketball team.
(11) South Carolina (1, SEC)
(3, 20) Oregon (2, Pac-12)
(14) Connecticut (4, American Athletic)
(8) Stanford (6, Pac-12)
(7) Princeton (9, Ivy)
(9, 13) UCLA (13, Pac-12)
(5) Oregon State (20, Pac-12)
(7) Texas A&M (21, SEC)
(1, 3) Duke (27, ACC)
Florida State (32, ACC)
(18) Rutgers (47, Big Ten)
(24) Alabama (72, SEC)
(4, 9) Stony Brook (73, America East)
(3) Coastal Carolina (96, Sun Belt)
(8, 22) UC San Diego (112, West Coast)
(23) Auburn (116, SEC)
(6, 6) Miami (118, ACC)
(5) Harvard (120, Ivy)
(10) UC Berkeley (124, Pac-12)
(2, 17) Boston U (128, Patriot)
(10) Washington (141, Pac-12)
San Jose State (145, Mountain West)
(9, 2) North Carolina (148, ACC)
(3) Maine (162, Amerca East)
(2) Cornell (190, Ivy)
(15) Rhode Island (209, Atlantic)
(8) New Hampshire (265, America East)
(26) FIU = Florida International University (310, USA)
By comparison, Minnesota has an RPI of 92 this year, and has a real good Biology department, but has no undergrad degree in Marine Biology and/or Biological Oceanography, as far as we know. (It does have Journalism, one of her other choices.)
Minnesota might seem to be of interest to Adelia McKenzie if she just majored in Biology, and then went on to a grad school in Marine Biology and/or Biological Oceanography. By the time she got here, Minnesota would no-doubt have a better RPI - let's estimate about a 50. But there are 11 schools with better (current) basktball RPIs than that.
If Adelia decides (before committing) that she wants to pursue Marine Biology as an undergrad major, the odds of her coming to Minnesota don't look that good, since there are plenty of schools that do have good Marine Biology programs and also better basketball teams (since she wants to be a WNBA draftee).
On the other hand, High School juniors typically don't truly know what their college majors will eventually be. Plus, even if she's sold on marine biology, studying general biology first (a necessity these days) plus playing close to home plus being coached by Lindsay Whalen, just might be enough advantages for her to want to be a Gopher.