ATLANTA - Saint Xavier
University women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg and his 2010-11 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. The WBCA
Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA and
junior college/community college teams across the nation that carry the highest
combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their
rosters for the entire season. The
2010-11 season is the 14th in which the WBCA has presented the standings. Teams must have a 3.000 or better GPA
to be nominated.
"With the increased importance and scrutiny of the
APR (academic progress rate) in the landscape of intercollegiate athletics,
these remarkable teams are setting the bar for academic excellence," said WBCA
CEO Beth Bass. "Congratulations to
all these STUDENT-athletes and their coaches."
The Cougars finished No. 20 out of the 25 teams highlighted in the NAIA category
with a team grade point average of 3.333. Last season, Saint Xavier finished No. 17 out of 25 with a
cumulative team GPA of 3.397. In
2011, SXU was the only NAIA team in Illinois to earn a spot on the WBCA
Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. University of Great Falls (Mont.) earned the top spot with a
team grade point average of 3.652. The Argos, under the direction of first-year head coach
Bill Himmelberg, finished the season with a 10-20 record.
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches
Association 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, visit wbca.org.