ATLANTA -- The Women’s Basketball Coaches
Association (WBCA) announced its Academic Team Honor Roll, and
three Ivy League women’s basketball teams were among the
top-25 in the nation in GPA.
The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point average (GPA) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2013-14 season was the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
Cornell was the first Ivy League team listed, coming in at No. 20. The Big Red was followed by Yale (No. 23) and Brown (No. 24).
The Ivy League is one of three conferences to place three teams on the list, as the Summit League and Missouri Valley Conference also accomplished the feat.
Yale earned the honor for the third-straight season, while Brown and Cornell received the award for the second-consecutive year.
|Rank||Institution||2013-14 Coach||Team GPA|
|1||University of Missouri-Kansas City||Marsha Frese
|2||Eastern Washington University||Wendy Schuller||3.615|
|3||University of Northern
|4||St. Francis College (N.Y.)
|5||Western Illinois University||JD Gravina||3.607|
|6||Drake University||Jennie Baranczyk||3.571|
|7||University of Northern Iowa||Tanya Warren||3.565|
|8||DePaul University**||Douglas Bruno||3.559|
|9||Illinois State University||Barb Smith||3.549|
|10||Utah Valley University||Cathy Nixon||3.543|
|11||Florida Gulf Coast University**||Karl Smesko||3.521|
|12||Houston Baptist University||Donna Finnie||3.514|
|13||American University||Megan Gebbia||3.510|
|14||University of Denver||Kerry Cremeans||3.498|
|15||Northern Kentucky University||Dawn Plitzuweit||3.484|
|16||Austin Peay State University||Carrie Daniels||3.465|
|17||Lehigh University||Susan Troyan||3.451|
|18||Belmont University||Cameron Newbauer||3.433|
|19||South Dakota State University||Aaron Johnston||3.421|
|20||Cornell University||Dayna Smith||3.420|
|21||Arizona State University**||Charli Turner Thorne||3.412|
|22||Colorado State University||Ryun Williams||3.399|
|23||Yale University||Chris Gobrecht||3.397|
|24||Brown University||Jean Marie Burr*||3.394|
|25||Bowling Green State University||Jennifer Roos||3.384|
*-left after season