Eagles Place Among Top in Country Academically

July 14, 2008

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team once again earned itself a spot on the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll.

The Eagles, by virtue of a team grade point average of 3.58, attained the fourth spot as a result of the team's work in the classroom this past year. Eastern Washington has now placed in the top 10 for the seventh straight season.

South Dakota State earned the Division I (and overall) top spot for the third successive year with a 3.67 team GPA. The Jackrabbits were followed by Kansas State (3.65) and Indiana State (3.59), respectively.

The Big Sky Conference was represented well as Northern Colorado came in 10th and Montana State was 11th.

Other team leaders included South Dakota (Division II - 3.65), Concordia-Wisconsin (Division III - 3.64), Concordia-Nebraska (NAIA - 3.67) and Seward County Community College (Junior College - 3.56).

"I would like to say congratulations to each and every one of these teams for producing some impressive cumulative grade point averages," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "These numbers would be notable for one student-athlete alone, but for an entire team to compile overall GPAs such as this is truly remarkable. I tip my hat to these programs and wish continued success, both on and off the court."

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.

Here is a complete list of the Division I Academic Top 25 Teams:

School, Head Coach, Team GPA

1, South Dakota State, Aaron Johnston, 3.669
2, Kansas State, Debbie Patterson, 3.652
3, Indiana State, Jim Wiedie, 3.591
4, Eastern Washington, Wendy Schuller, 3.584
5, Western Carolina, Kellie J. Harper, 3.543
6, Northern Iowa, Tanya E. Warren, 3.535
7, Eastern Illinois, Brady Sallee, 3.475
8, Manhattan, Myndi Hill, 3.430
9, Utah Valley State, Cathy Nixon, 3.419
10, Northern Colorado, Jaime White, 3.414
11, Montana State, Tricia L. Binford, 3.392
12, Southern Illinois, Dana Eikenberg, 3.371
13, Niagara, Kendra Faustin, 3.361
14, Liberty, Carey Green, 3.354
15, Saint Bonaventure, Jim Crowley, 3.352
16, Maine, Cindy Blodgett, 3.345
17, American, Melissa McFerrin, 3.342
t18, Canisius, Terrence E. Zeh, 3.326
t18, North Dakota State, Amy Ruley, 3.326
20, Oakland, Beckie Francis, 3.312
21, Dartmouth, Christina Wielgus, 3.311
22, New Mexico, Don Flanagan, 3.308
23, Wichita State, Jane Albright, 3.289
24, Valparaiso, Keith Freeman, 3.286
25, Columbia, Paul E. Nixon, 3.278

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