Cowgirl Basketball Earns Spot In WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for 2002-03

Oct. 9, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming Women's Basketball Team earned the tenth spot among NCAA Division I institutions with an overall grade point average of 3.383, as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its 2002-2003 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 2002-03 season based upon nominations submitted by WBCA-member coaches.

"It incredible to see the GPAs each Top 25 team produces year in and year out," said Beth Bass, the Chief Executive Officer of the WBCA. "These teams set a precedent among student-athletes and deserve to be recognized for their accomplishment. Congratulations to the 110 teams we honor this year!"

Indiana State University and the University of Nebraska-Kearney make their first, first-place finishes in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, while Whitworth (2000), Concordia (2000, 2001, and 2002) and Salt Lake Community College (2000) have all earned top honors in the noted previous years. Concordia makes an unprecedented fourth consecutive No. 1 finish.

"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 second year in a row and the third time that the Cowgirls have made an appearance in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The school placed first in 2002 and 18th in 1997 under previous head coaches Cindy Fisher and Chad Lavin.

Wyoming had a league-high 11 members on this year's Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball All-Academic Team, along with Carrie Bacon being named First Team Academic All-District VII. The Cowgirls finished the season with an 18-12 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Mountain West Conference, which included a bid to the WNIT.

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