Women’s Basketball: Hawks finish fifth nationally in team GPAJuly 17, 2012

The Rockhurst University women’s basketball team posted the fifth highest grade point average (3.586) among NCAA Division II schools in 2011-12, according to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Team Honor Rolls released on Tuesday, July 17.

It marked the sixth season in a row and 11th time overall the Hawks have finished in the Top 25 academically since 1997-98. Rockhurst has been ranked in the Top 10 academically among Division II schools in four of the past five seasons.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.

Rockhurst was one of four Great Lakes Valley Conference schools in the Division II Top 25. Drury (first at 3.709), Maryville (16th at 3.507) and Wisconsin-Parkside (17th at 3.498) were also WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll recipients.

“I look forward to the release of the Academic Top 25 each summer,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “Because our society places so much emphasis on winning games and championships, it is a refreshing change of pace when we recognize those teams that excel in the classroom.

“Like winning on the court, academic success on a team level does not happen by accident. It requires a group of student-athletes who realize the importance of education and earning their degrees, coaches who expect and encourage their players to attend class and study, and administrators who provide strong academic support programs for their athletes,” said Bass.

A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted by all team members in the academic terms (semesters or quarters) that the season spans. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA-member head coach. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.

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