Women's Basketball - Mon, Jul. 13, 2009
ATLANTA - Saint Xavier University women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg and his 2008-09 squad were one of just 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.

"It is always an honor for the WBCA to recognize these teams for putting together outstanding cumulative grade point averages," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "We want to congratulate each and every one of these teams for their efforts in the classroom and want them to know that we celebrate their hard work. My thanks go out to these teams for setting a benchmark of success academically among their peers in the sport."

The Cougars finished No. 9 of the 25 teams highlighted in the NAIA category with a team grade point average of 3.487. Last season, Saint Xavier finished No. 24 out of 25 with a cumulative team GPA of 3.246. SXU was the only team in Illinois to earn a spot on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll in the NAIA listing. Dana College (Neb.) earned the top spot with a team grade point average of 3.763.

"What makes this accomplishment truly remarkable is the success this team also had on the basketball court with a 26-5 overall record, a conference championship, two All-Americans and a spot in the ?Sweet 16' of the NAIA National Tournament," said Hallberg. "This team is made up of student-athletes who are focused on success and strive to perform well in whatever they set their minds to. It is truly a pleasure to coach such dedicated young women."

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 wbca.org.