Atlanta, Ga. - Saint Xavier University women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg and his 2007-08 squad were one of 25 NAIA teams named to the Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll when the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its winners Monday. This award, given in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College, honors teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the entire season based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches.
"I would like to say congratulations to each and every one of these teams for producing some impressive cumulative grade point averages," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "These numbers would be notable for one student-athlete alone, but for an entire team to compile overall GPAs such as this is truly remarkable. I tip my hat to these programs and wish continued success both on and off the court."
The Cougars finished No. 24 of the 25 teams highlighted in the NAIA category with a team grade point average of 3.246. Trinity Christian College (Ill.) was the only other team from Illinois listed among the NAIA winners. The Trolls finished in the No. 25 slot with a team GPA of 3.227. Concordia University-Nebraska earned the top spot with a team grade point average of 3.667.
"For this team to have the success that they had both on the court (23-9 overall) and in the classroom is truly remarkable," said Hallberg. "It is a testament to the hard work and dedication they put in year round. When their basketball careers are over, they will all still have their education and that is what really makes me proud."
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 a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit www.wbca.org
.Click here to see the NAIA version of the WBCA press release