Aug. 30, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Women's Basketball Team earned the 25th spot among NCAA Division I institutions with an overall grade point average of 3.259, as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its 2003-2004 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College. The awards recognize the nation's highest team grade point averages (GPA) for the 2003-04 season based upon nominations submitted by WBCA-member coaches.
"It always brings the WBCA esteemed pleasure to recognize women's basketball programs that have not only committed themselves on the court, but academically as well," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "Each of these teams has set a benchmark of success in the classroom among their peers and in the sport."
Eastern Washington, Drury, Buena Vista and Frank Phillips College all make their debut at the No. 1 spot for the 2003-2004 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, while Concordia University - Nebraska continues its streak, claiming No. 1 honors for a monumental fifth straight year.
GPAs are calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by each student-athlete on an institution's squad list 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.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for our Women's Basketball Program," said Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services Eric Brey. "To finish first in the nation academically in 2002 and tenth in 2003 shows their dedication and accomplishments off the court. Our student-athletes work hard both on and off the court, and these awards show the dedication that not only our students have, but our department as a whole. From the Office of Academic Support providing the tools necessary to succeed in the classroom, to the coaches and administrators providing the tools necessary to succeed on the court, we are dedicated to the students overall welfare. I am proud to be a part of a program that works so hard for the students."
This year marks the third year in a row and the fourth time that the Cowgirls have made an appearance in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The school placed first in 2002, tenth in 2003 and 18th in 1997 under previous head coaches Cindy Fisher and Chad Lavin.
Wyoming had seven members on this year's Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball All-Academic Team, which included four repeat selections. The Cowgirls finished the season with an 11-18 overall record and a 6-8 mark in the Mountain West Conference, which included two All-Conference selections Ashley Elliott and Brenda Pickup.