Women's Basketball
UNI WBB Earns Seventh Best GPA In NCAA Division I
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Wednesday 07/18/2013

ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 2013 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, it was announced today by the WBCA.

The UNI Panthers were named to the Honor Roll for the 2012-13 season, earning the seventh best GPA in NCAA Division I. This is the second year in a row that the Panthers have been honored on the list after finished tied for 14th in the NCAA during the 2011-12 season.

UNI posted a 3.54 while making their run into the post-season, claiming their first WNIT victory over Marquette.

“It is always important to honor the true meaning of the word ‘student-athlete’,” head coach Tanya Warren said. “We are very proud of our young women for getting the work done on the court and in the classroom last season. They are shining examples for future Panthers to come.”

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes women’s basketball teams across the nation in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, the NAIA, and junior/community colleges that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2012-13 season is the 18th 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.

NCAA Division I Top 25

Rank      Institution                                        2012-13 Head Coach, Team GPA
1              Utah Valley University                   Cathy Nixon, 3.639
T2           DePaul University                           Douglas Bruno, 3.625
T2           St. Francis College (N.Y.)             John Thurston, 3.625
4             Florida Gulf Coast University        Karl Smesko, 3.621
T5           Southeast Missouri State             Ty Margenthaler, 3.546
T5           University of North Dakota            Travis Brewster, 3.546
7              University of Northern Iowa       Tanya Warren, 3.541
8              University of Denver                       Kerry Cremeans, 3.519
9              Brown University                            Jean Marie Burr, 3.518
10           North Dakota State                         Carolyn DeHoff, 3.512
11           Oakland University                          Beckie Francis, 3.503
12           Lehigh University                             Susan Troyan, 3.498
13           South Dakota State                         Aaron Johnston, 3.492
T14         Eastern Washington                      Wendy Schuller, 3.491
T14         Western Carolina                            Karen Middleton, 3.491
16           Cornell University                            Dayna Smith, 3.453
17           Youngstown State                           Bob Boldon, 3.438
18           Austin Peay State                            Carrie Daniels, 3.437
19           Evansville                                         Oties Epps, 3.411
20           Alcorn State                                      Tonya Edwards, 3.404
21           Harvard                                              Kathy Delaney-Smith, 3.399
22           Yale                                                    Chris Gobrecht, 3.385
23           University of New Mexico               Yvonne Sanchez, 3.372
24           University of South Dakota            Amy Williams, 3.368
25           Northern Colorado                         Jamie White, 3.365


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