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