ATLANTA – Compiling a collective team grade point average (GPA) of 3.448 on a 4.0 scale, the Saint Xavier University women's basketball team ranked No. 13 on the 2013-14 version of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll when the honorees were announced Thursday. 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 GPA inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2013-14 campaign is the 19th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls. Teams must have a collective 3.0 or better GPA to be nominated. This marks the seventh straight season that SXU head coach Bob Hallberg's team has made the Top 25.
"Being a student-athlete is a challenging feat, but at the same time it is also very rewarding and to see the GPA's that these institutions have collected is impressive," said WBCA COO Shannon Reynolds. "The WBCA congratulates all of these student-athletes and their coaches for their hard work and dedication."
Saint Xavier joined Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foes Roosevelt University (No. 16 – 3.416) and University of St. Francis (Ill.) (No. 18 – 3.379) as the three NAIA teams from Illinois to earn spots on this year's WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. Also on the list from the CCAC were Milwaukee's Cardinal Stritch University (No. 3 – 3.631) and Indiana University-South Bend (No. 5 – 3.584). Last season, the Cougars ranked No. 18 out of the 25 teams with a team GPA of 3.379. Mount Marty College (S.D.) earned the top spot in the NAIA category this year with a team grade point average of 3.746.
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (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 as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.