All-Conference basketball player Martyna Kowalska has shown she is more than just a force on the court, she is also dominating in the classroom. The sophomore from Leszno, Poland has a 4.0 grade point average and was recently named Cowley College’s November Student of the Month.
Kowalska is the daughter of Rafal Kowalski and Ewa Omanska. She has a brother, Konstanty, and a sister, Kaya.
After playing for the Polish U-20 national team for six years, Kowalska came to Cowley to play basketball for the Lady Tigers where she is the team’s leading returning scorer (12.0 points) and rebounder (7.2 rebounds) from a season ago. She shot 52.6 percent from the floor as a freshman.
“Martyna is a really good teammate that works hard every day and is always in a good mood,” Cowley women’s basketball head coach Todd Clark said.
This season, she has helped Cowley to a 4-1 record by averaging 13.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per contest.
“I am really glad I came to Cowley, I love the atmosphere here,” Kowalska said. “Last year, with Covid, it was such a strange year. I did not expect things to be so amazing this year. I love going to my classes and my instructors are so helpful. Also, my mom (in Poland) loves being able to watch the streaming of my games.”
Martyna takes the same pride in her school work as she does her dedication to the game of basketball as she was named an NJCAA First Team Academic All-American as a freshman.
The General Biology major has made quite an impression on Natural Science Department Chair Scott Layton.
“Grades alone would qualify her for this honor, but her merits go well beyond that,” Layton said. “In class, it was apparent that she completed her assigned readings, studied the material, and often asked questions that demonstrated deep understanding. She served as a role model for her class by demonstrating the behaviors of a high-achieving student. To this day, she still greets me and her classmates with a smile and a friendly hello. She continues her high academic standards even with the extra time commitment of collegiate basketball. She is one of the finest students in our department and certainly worthy of this honor.”
Kowalska has also volunteered with the Phi Theta Kappa Earth Day project and has assisted with the Ark City Recreation Commission basketball camp each of the past two years. She was surprised to learn she was selected as the November Student of the Month.
“This is great! I have never been awarded something like this,” Kowalska said. “This is a huge honor for me and I never dreamed of receiving something like this.”
After graduating from Cowley she plans to transfer to a four-year school to continue playing basketball for an NCAA Division I or II program. She also plans to graduate with a Biology degree with future plans of becoming a veterinarian.
“I want to help Cowley win as many conference games as possible and experience playing at the national tournament before I am done here,” Kowalska said. “I appreciate the opportunity Cowley has given me to come to the USA, study at a good level, and play basketball.”