ATLANTA - Saint Xavier University women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg and his 2012-13 team proved that its success among NAIA institutions at the national level is not just limited to the basketball court, but the classroom as well, after the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll late last week. The Cougars finished No. 18 out of the 25 teams highlighted in the NAIA category with a team grade point average of 3.379. 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 grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2012-13 season is the 18th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls. Teams must have a collective 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.
"The GPAs produced this year by each of the Top 25 teams are quite remarkable," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "The coaches of these teams have done a terrific job encouraging their student-athletes to perform at their best both on the court and in the classroom. Congratulations to these 114 programs. I wish them each continued success."
Saint Xavier joined Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Roosevelt University (No. 22 – 3.307) as the only two NAIA teams from Illinois to earn spots on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll this year. Last season, the Cougars finished tied for No. 8 out of the 25 teams with their highest team grade point average to date at 3.489. Vanguard University (Calif.) earned the top spot in the NAIA category this year with a team grade point average of 3.610. Fellow CCAC rival Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) claimed the No. 2 spot in the top 25 with a team GPA of 3.595.
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 as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.