Senior Alex Barone had one of the team's best grade point averages
Senior Alex Barone had one of the team's best grade point averages
Women's Basketball - Tue, Jul. 12, 2011

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.