ATLANTA – The University of Denver women’s basketball team finished the season ranked No. 8 on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 2012-13 Academic Top-25 Team Honor Roll. The Pioneers compiled a combined 3.519 GPA.
“We are all so incredibly proud of this team and their commitment in the classroom,” said Kerry Cremeans, DU women’s basketball head coach. “The University of Denver not only strives to be the best on the court, but also in the classroom. This honor exemplifies the academic excellence that is created here at DU and the empowerment that each of these young ladies has in their education.”
The WBCA Academic Top-25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and II; NAIA; and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade-point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2012-13 season is the 18th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls.
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. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. 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.
The Pioneers have finished in the top-25 for academics six times since turning DI at the start of the 1999-00 season:
2000-01 – 3.226
2001-02 – 3.263
2005-06 – 3.343
2009-10 – 3.342
2010-11 – 3.35
2011-12 – 3.387
2012-13 – 3.519
NCAA Division I
Utah Valley leads the 2013 NCAA Division I honor roll with a 3.639 GPA. It is the seventh appearance on the Division I honor roll for the Wolverines and second time at No. 1 under head coach Cathy Nixon. The Great West Conference regular-season champions finished the season with a 15-15 record, losing to New Jersey’s Science & Technology University (NJIT), 52-42, in the Great West Conference Tournament Championship.
Two of the top 25 teams on the Division I honor roll earned a berth in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
Here is the complete 2013 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division I (**-NCAA tournament; *-left after season):
|Rank||Institution||2012-13 Head Coach||Team GPA|
|1||Utah Valley University||Cathy Nixon||3.639|
|T2||DePaul University**||Douglas Bruno||3.625|
|T2||St. Francis College (N.Y.)||John Thurston||3.625|
|4||Florida Gulf Coast University||Karl Smesko||3.621|
|T5||Southeast Missouri State University||Ty Margenthaler||3.546|
|T5||University of North Dakota||Travis Brewster||3.546|
|7||University of Northern Iowa||Tanya Warren||3.541|
|8||University of Denver||Kerry Cremeans||3.519|
|9||Brown University||Jean Marie Burr||3.518|
|10||North Dakota State University||Carolyn DeHoff||3.512|
|11||Oakland University||Beckie Francis*||3.503|
|12||Lehigh University||Susan Troyan||3.498|
|13||South Dakota State University**||Aaron Johnston||3.492|
|T14||Eastern Washington University||Wendy Schuller||3.491|
|T14||Western Carolina University||Karen Middleton||3.491|
|16||Cornell University||Dayna Smith||3.453|
|17||Youngstown State University||Bob Boldon*||3.438|
|18||Austin Peay State University||Carrie Daniels||3.437|
|19||University of Evansville||Oties Epps||3.411|
|20||Alcorn State University||Tonya Edwards||3.404|
|21||Harvard University||Kathy Delaney-Smith||3.399|
|22||Northern Kentucky University||Dawn Plitzuweit||3.387|
|23||Yale University||Chris Gobrecht||3.385|
|24||University of New Mexico||Yvonne Sanchez||3.372|
|25||University of South Dakota||Amy Williams||3.368|
ABOUT THE WBCA
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