Jul 14th, 2009 @ 4:39 pm | Author:
The Valley City State University women's basketball team ranked 5th on the 2009 Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA's) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, the highest ranking of any public university in the NAIA, with a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.61. This is the second consecutive year VCSU's women's basketball team has been recognized on this list, and represents an improvement from the team's 11th place position in 2008. The team was separated from the NAIA top GPA of Dana College (NE) by only .153, and is the only women's basketball team in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) to make the national academic ranking in 2009.

"Our program has always taken pride in how seriously we take the term student-athlete. It takes great effort and commitment to be your very best in all that you do and we believe winning in the classroom is as important as on the court," said Head Coach Jill DeVries.

The WBCA Top 25 Team Honor Roll awards teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages for the entire season based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches. The award is given in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College.

"It is always an honor for the WBCA to recognize these teams for putting together outstanding cumulative grade point averages," WBCA CEO Beth Bass said. "We want to congratulate each and every one of these teams for their efforts in the classroom and want them to know that we celebrate their hard work. My thanks go out to these teams for setting a benchmark of success academically among their peers in the sport."

"I'm very proud of the work the VCSU women's basketball team has produced in the classroom and on the basketball court. Each of them should be proud of their individual work ethic and commitment to excellence," commented DeVries. "It was a goal to better our 11th place finish in 2008, and hopefully it will carry over on the basketball court this winter as well."

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. Per a motion passed by the WBCA Board of Directors in 2007, teams making the list of Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll must obtain at least a 3.000 overall GPA.