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WBCA announces 2014 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls

ATLANTA (July 24, 2014) – The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Upper Iowa University, Westminster College, Mount Marty College and Snow College are the top honorees in their respective divisions on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls for the 2013-14 season, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

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 is the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

Here are the top honorees by division, their head coaches and combined GPAs:

Division

Institution

2013-14 Head Coach

Team GPA

NCAA Division I

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Marsha Frese

3.628

NCAA Division II

Upper Iowa University

Carol Russell

3.801

NCAA Division III

Westminster College (Mo.)

Tracey Braden

3.642

NAIA

Mount Marty College

Tom Schlimgen

3.746

Jr/Comm College

Snow College

Natalie Visger

3.584

 

The University of Missouri-Kansas City returns to the Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the second time in program history and for the first time since 1998. Upper Iowa makes the list for the second consecutive year and for the fourth time overall.  Westminster College (Mo.) took the top spot for NCAA Division III for the first time in program history. Mount Marty College made the list for the 17th time in the award’s 19 year history. Snow College leads the Junior/Community College division for the second straight year.

“Being a student-athlete is a challenging feat, but at the same time it is also very rewarding and to see the GPA’s that these institutions have collected is impressive,” said WBCA COO Shannon Reynolds. “The WBCA congratulates all of these student-athletes and their coaches for their hard work and dedication.”

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 GPA’s 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.

NCAA Division I
University of Missouri-Kansas City led NCAA Division I with a 3.628 GPA and was one of two institutions from the Western Athletic Conference to make the Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. UMKC finished the season with an 11-19 mark. The Kangaroos’ season ended following an 81-76 loss to Seattle in the quarterfinals of the WAC Championship.

Three of the top 25 teams on the Division I WBCA Academic Top 25 honor roll earned a berth in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

Here is the complete 2013-14 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division I (**NCAA tournament; *-left after season):

Rank

Institution

2013-14 Head Coach

Team GPA

1

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Marsha Frese

3.628

2

Eastern Washington University

Wendy Schuller

3.615

3

University of Northern Colorado

Jaime White

3.614

4

St. Francis College (NY)

John Thurston

3.608

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

 

NCAA Division II
Upper Iowa University posted a GPA of 3.801 to lead all NCAA Division II programs. The Peacocks ended the season with a 74-73 loss to Minot State University in the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament to close the season with a 5-22 record.

Five of the 25 teams that earned a spot on the honor roll advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament.

Below is the complete 2013-14 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division II (** - NCAA tournament; * - left after season):

Rank

Institution

2013-14 Head Coach

Team GPA

1

Upper Iowa University

Carol Russell

3.801

2

Ohio Dominican University

Lynsey Warren

3.793

3

Lindenwood University

James "Tony" Francis

3.759

4

Colorado Mesa University**

Taylor Wagner

3.699

5

University of Indianapolis**

Constantin Popa

3.657

6

Montana State University Billings**

Kevin Woodin

3.656

7

Lubbock Christian University

Steve Gomez

3.648

8

Saginaw Valley State University

Jamie Pewinski

3.610

9

Ashland University

Sue Ramsey

3.605

10

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Karla Nelson

3.604

11

Drury University**

Steve Huber*

3.599

12

Winona State University

Scott Ballard

3.593

13

Southwest Baptist University

Todd Voss*

3.584

14

Northwood University

Jeff Curtis

3.582

15

Seattle Pacific University

Julie Heisey

3.572

16

Southern New Hampshire University

Karen Pinkos

3.569

17

University of Minnesota Duluth

Annette Wiles

3.563

18

Lee University

Marty Rowe

3.559

19

Merrimack College

Monique LeBlanc

3.552

20

Gannon University**

Jim Brunelli

3.550

21

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Emilee Thiesse

3.540

22

University of Findlay

James Wiedie

3.531

23

Rockhurst University

Larry Park

3.523

24

Michigan Technological University

Kimberly Cameron

3.522

25

Trevecca Nazarene University

Gary Van Atta

3.521

 

Division III
Westminster College (Mo.), the only team from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to be ranked in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Poll recorded a 3.642 GPA to top the list. After starting the season 2-6 the Blue Jays finished the season 13-12, falling to Spalding 70-64 in the semifinals of the SLIAC Tournament.

Eight programs participated in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Below is the complete 2014 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division III (** - NCAA tournament; * - left after season):

Rank

Institution

2013-14 Head Coach

Team GPA

1

Westminster College

Tracey Braden

3.642

2

Chatham University

Sandra Rectenwald

3.631

3

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Shirley Egner

3.608

4

The College of New Jersey

Dawn Henderson

3.607

5

Emerson College

Bill Gould

3.602

6

Elmira College

Shannon Howley

3.593

7

Waynesburg University

Sam Jones

3.585

8

Ithaca College**

Dan Raymond

3.562

9

Martin Luther College

Larry Czer*

3.561

10

Beloit College

Jennifer McCormick

3.541

11

Kalamazoo College

Katie Miller

3.535

12

Castleton State College**

Tim Barrett

3.532

T13

Hope College

Brian Morehouse

3.527

T13

University of Minnesota, Morris

Tim Grove

3.527

15

Cabrini College**

Kate Pearson

3.521

T16

Haverford College**

Bobbi Cabrey-Morgan

3.520

T16

University of Northwestern**

Aaron Kahl

3.520

18

Hardin-Simmons University

Melanie Chonko

3.513

19

Washington University in St. Louis**

Nancy Fahey

3.505

20

University of Pittsburgh-Bradford

Patrick Daniel

3.495

21

Carthage College**

Tim Bernero

3.491

22

King's College

Brian Donoghue

3.478

23

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh**

Brad Fischer

3.476

24

Utica College

Michele Davis

3.471

25

University of Redlands

Rich Murphy

3.452

 

NAIA
Mount Marty College, which has appeared in the Academic Top 25 list in the NAIA 16 previous years, comes in at No. 1 for the first time this year with a 3.746 GPA. The Lancers’ highest ranking on the list prior to this year was third in 2005. Mount Marty College won three of its final four games including a 76-63 win against Nebraska Wesleyan to close out the season with a 13-17 overall record.  

Thirteen of the 25 programs that made the 2014 Academic Top 25 also played in either the NAIA Division I or Division II tournament.

Below is the complete 2014 WBCA Academic Top 25 for the NAIA (** - NAIA tournament; * - left after season):

Rank

Institution

2013-14 Head Coach

Team GPA

1

Mount Marty College

Tom Schlimgen

3.746

2

Northwestern College**

Chris Yaw

3.679

3

Cardinal Stritch University**

John Pfaffl

3.631

4

Westminster College**

Shelley Jarrard

3.607

5

Indiana University South Bend

Steve Bruce

3.584

6

Bethel College (Fla.)

Jody Martinez*

3.555

7

Clarke University

Don Adams

3.535

8

Huntington University**

Lori Culler

3.523

9

Concordia University (Neb.)**

Drew Olson

3.493

10

St. Ambrose University**

Krista Van Hauen

3.490

11

Point Park University**

Tony Grenek

3.467

12

Lewis-Clark State College**

Brian Orr

3.464

13

Saint Xavier University**

Bob Hallberg

3.448

14

University of Great Falls

Bill Himmelberg

3.446

15

Bethel College (Kan.)

Mark Fox

3.434

16

Roosevelt University**

Robyn Scherr-Wells

3.416

17

Grand View University

Garey Smith

3.382

18

University of St. Francis

Samantha Quigley

3.379

19

Indiana Wesleyan University**

Steve Brooks

3.373

20

Central Methodist University

James Arnold

3.366

21

Dillard University

Norbert Rome

3.355

22

University Rio Grande

David Smalley

3.348

23

Vanguard University**

Russ Davis

3.347

24

Ottawa University

Bruce Tate

3.316

25

William Woods University**

Dan Chapla

3.208


Junior/Community College
Snow College went 10-4 at home on the season, while finishing with a 13-15 record. The Snow Badgers beat Utah State University Eastern in two of the three regular season meetings, including a 95-93 win in the final game of the season.

One team advanced to the NJCAA Tournament that qualified for the Academic Top 25.

Below is the complete 2014 WBCA Academic Top 25 for Junior/Community College (** - NJCAA Division I *** - NJCAA Division II tournament):

Rank

Institution

2013-14 Head Coach

Team GPA

1

Snow College

Natalie Visger

3.584

2

Frank Phillips College

Eric Rodewald

3.531

3

Sheridan College

Frank McCarthy

3.497

4

Minnesota West Community & Technical College

Michael Fury

3.407

5

Ellsworth Community College

Ed Geitz

3.401

6

Lincoln College

Carol Wilson

3.359

7

Northwest College

Janis Beal

3.326

8

Mesa Community College***

Kori Stephenson

3.280

9

Santa Fe College

Chanda Stebbins

3.112

10

John Wood Community College

Norman Rodriguez

3.051


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