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USD Women’s basketball makes 2013 WBCA Academic Top 25


VERMILLION, S.D. (KWSN)– The South Dakota women’s basketball team has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the fifth straight year.

The Coyotes placed 24th in the Division I rankings with a GPA of 3.368. USD, Oakland, South Dakota State and North Dakota State all represented the Summit League in the top 25 this season, while league newcomer Denver also made the list. Utah Valley had the nation’s top GPA at 3.639. 

South Dakota has placed as high as fourth in the rankings during the five-year streak (2011-12). 

The WBCA annually recognizes the top-25 GPAs for programs at the NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA and the junior college/community college levels. This is the 18th year the WBCA has had the honor roll. 

“The GPAs produced this year by each of the Top 25 teams are quite remarkable," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "The coaches of these teams have done a terrific job encouraging their student-athletes to perform at their best both on the court and in the classroom.”

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 and 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.

Courtesy of University of South Dakota