Cowgirls Earn Top Spot In Academic Top 25

Sept. 18, 2002

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Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyoming Women'sBasketball Team was named the top academic team among NCAA Division Iinstitutions with an overall grade point average of 3.486, as theWomen's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its 2002Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II,NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College. The awardsrecognize the nation's highest team grade point averages (GPA) for the2001-02 season based upon nominations submitted by WBCA-member coaches.

"Every year I am nothing short of amazed at how incredible some ofthese grade-point averages are," said Beth Bass, the Chief ExecutiveOfficer of the WBCA. "For entire teams to produce GPAs like these isastounding. I am as proud of these student-athletes as I am sure theircoaches and administrations are. Congratulations to the 118 teams wehonor this year."

Wyoming and Abilene Christian make their first first-place finishes inthe WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, while Messiah, Concordia andSeward County are all repeat winners from 2000-01. Concordia marks anunprecedented third consecutive No. 1 finish. GPAs are calculated bydividing the total number of quality points earned by eachstudent-athlete on an institution's squad list in the given academicterms by the total number of hours earned by the team. The GPAs arerounded to the nearest thousandth of a point.

"We are extremely proud of the women's basketball team in receivingsuch a prestigious award," said Lee Moon, Director of Athletics. "It'squite an honor for them to be recognized on a national level, and itreally shows the level of commitment they have towards their academiccareers. This is just one of our programs in the athletic departmentthat not only has success on the court but in the classroom as well."

NCAA Division I

Entering her fifth-year as University of Wyoming Head Coach, CindyFisher sees the Cowgirls make their second appearance in the WBCAAcademic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The school placed 18th in 1997 underthen-Head Coach Chad Lavin.

"To be one of the best schools academically out there, I think thatthey take as much pride in the academic side as they do in thebasketball side and it has really shown," said Fisher.

Wyoming also had a league-high 11 members on this year's Mountain WestConference Women's Basketball All-Academic Team. Wyoming (13-15 overall,5-9 MWC) wrapped up its season at the MWC Tournament with an 82-69 lossto Brigham Young University in March.

Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifyingcoaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to fosterand promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as an amateursport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA visit its website at www.wbca.org .