July 17, 2012

Women's basketball earns WBCA Top 25 Again

GREELEY – For the fourth time in five years, the Northern Colorado women’s basketball team has earned one of the top spots in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Honor Roll.

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 grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.  The 2011-12 season is the 17th 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.

“This award shows our student-athlete’s commitment to success in the classroom,” said Head Coach Jaime White. “It is now a tradition here and one that each new class wants to continue. Our coaches and support staff do a great job mentoring and motivating our student-athletes.”

The Bears amassed a 3.421 grade point average, ranking 12th on the Division I WBCA list. Four other Big Sky Conference teams also ranked in the top 25 as newcomer North Dakota is eighth, Montana State 11th, Montana 17th and Eastern Washington 25th.

Last season, the Bears finished 20-12 and advanced to the WNIT after playing in the Big Sky Conference Championship game. The team returns 10 letterwinners off that team, including All-Big Sky selections Lauren Oosdyke and D’shara Strange.