Carnegie Mellon Women's Basketball Leads Division III in Classroom For 2009-10 Season
When the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its winners for the 2009-10 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll on Tuesday, July 20, the Carnegie Mellon University women's basketball
was ranked as the top Division III institution. The Tartans finished the year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.616.
"We are so proud of all our student-athletes have achieved in the classroom," said head coach Gerri Seidl. "Being named the top academic team in all of Division III is a tremendous honor. It is reflective of the hard work and dedication our young women put forward each and every day."
This award, given in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College, awards teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the entire season based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches.
Four of the five institutions are at the top spot for their division on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the first time. Dana College claimed the top spot in NAIA for the second year in a row and fourth time overall for their division. In Division I, Utah Valley University is making its fourth Top 25, while Michigan Tech University (Division II) has appeared six times prior. Carnegie Mellon (Division III) and Sheridan College (JC/CC) are both appearing in the Top 25 for the first time.
GPAs are calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by each student-athlete on an institution's roster in the given academic terms by the total number of hours earned by the team. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Per a motion passed by the WBCA Board of Directors in 2007, teams making the list of Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll must obtain at least a 3.000 overall GPA.
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls.