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Point Park Women's Basketball No. 11 in WBCA Academic Top 25 rankings

July 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET

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Pictured: Point Park University women's basketball after winning the KIAC Tournament title March 1, 2014.



PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University women's basketball was no slouch on the court last year with a 29-5 overall record and its third straight conference tournament title and NAIA Division II national tournament appearance. And with the release of the 2013-14 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll on Thursday (July 24, 2014), the Pioneers proved they are excellent in the classroom as well.

Point Park's team GPA of 3.46 for 2013-14 was ranked No. 11 in the NAIA category of the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The Top 25 ranking includes teams from NAIA Division I and II. The Pioneers are listed in the rankings for the third year in a row, although this year is the highest they've ever been. Point Park was No. 21 last year and No. 20 the year before.

"We are very proud of being in the WBCA Academic Top 25 the last three years," said Pioneers head coach Tony Grenek, who is 77-19 (.802) in his three years on campus. "But this year we have made a statement by going up to No. 11. It is testament to our players and our program and another feather in our caps.

"I'm so proud of my team for getting it done in the class room and on the court. They were 29-5 on the basketball court and No. 11 in the country in the class room. Some programs have the wins but not the grades and vice versa. We are doing both. It shows that we are running one of the best women's basketball programs in the area."

Not only was the No. 11-ranking in team GPA the highest ever for the Pioneers, their 29 wins and .852 winning percentage in 2013-14 also set program records. Point Park captured its second straight KIAC Tournament title and its third conference tournament championship in a row.

The three straight appearances in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll coincide with the Pioneers reaching the NAIA Division II national tournament for the last three seasons. Of the 32 teams in this past year's national tourney, Point Park had the sixth-best team GPA there.

On the basketball court, Point Park has also figured in the NAIA Top 25 rankings. Point Park reached as high as No. 18 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll last year when it was 14-0, and it ended the year just outside the Top 25 at No. 27 overall and in the 'others receiving votes' category.

Mt. Marty (Neb.) College led the NAIA in team GPA at 3.74. For the complete listing of the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, click the link above.

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