Eastern is Once Again Among the Nation’s Top Academic Teams

Eagles earn a spot on the 2012 WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the 11th time

The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team continues to prove its dedication in the classroom. For the 10th time in head coach Wendy Schuller’s 11-year tenure, and 11th time overall, the Eagles earned a spot on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Honor Roll.

This award 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 marks the 17th year in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls.

Eastern has been on the list 11 of the 17 years, including nine-straight from 2001-2010. The Eagles have ranked in the top five seven times, and in 2004, Eastern was the top honoree with a nation-leading team GPA of 3.63.

This year, EWU posted a team GPA of 3.337 to rank 25th.

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. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.

Eastern was one of four Big Sky schools ranked in the top 25 this year, as newcomer North Dakota was eighth (3.505), Montana State 11th (3.435), Northern Colorado 12th (3.421) and Montana 17th (3.399).

The Eagles made their third-consecutive appearance in the Big Sky Conference tournament in 2011-12, and eighth under Schuller. They finished the year with a 16-14 overall record, and took third in the league race with a 10-6 mark. Eastern will return nine letterwinners from that squad, including starters Carrie Ojeda, Aubrey Ashenfelter and Melissa Williams.

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