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WBCA Academic Top 25 has Point Park University ranked 20th in NAIA in Team GPA

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. ET




PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University women's basketball team ranked 20th in the NAIA in team grade point average for the 2011-12 school year, according to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls that were announced on Tuesday (July 17, 2012).

Point Park's team grade-point average of 3.367 was the 20th-best in the NAIA category and it was ninth-best among the 32 teams that played in the NAIA Division II national tournament last year.

"It's a great honor to be in the Top-20 in the NAIA in team GPA," said Pioneers head coach Tony Grenek, who is beginning his second year at the school. "It shows that we are capable of getting it done in the classroom as well as on the court. But there is still great room for improvement. Our goal is to be No. 1 in the NAIA (in team GPA), not No. 20."

Point Park was 23-7 overall and finished the 2011-12 season ranked No. 21 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. The Pioneers won the American Mideast Conference Tournament and reached the NAIA Division II national tourney for the first time.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls named the top 25 women's basketball teams in team GPA in NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and junior college. The NAIA category included both NAIA Division I and II schools.

Of the 25 schools listed in the NAIA category, 17 participated in either the NAIA Division I or Division II national tournament. Seven made the NAIA DI tourney, and 10 were in the NAIA DII tourney. By contrast, NCAA DI had only five that met that standard and NCAA DIII had only six.

Northwestern (Iowa) had the highest team GPA in NAIA women's basketball at 3.657, and the school is also the three-time defending NAIA Division II national champion. The top 10 in NAIA team GPA also had talented teams on the court as eight of them made a national tournament.

Point Park was one of five schools in Western Pennsylvania to be recognized. Seton Hill (3.58) and Gannon (3.52) made the NCAA DII list while Carnegie Mellon (3.47) and Westminster (3.48) made the NCAA DIII list.


More from the WBCA release (click link above for full release) (July 17, 2012):

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball 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 2011-12 season is the 17th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls.

"I look forward to the release of the Academic Top 25 each summer," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "Because our society places so much emphasis on winning games and championships, it is a refreshing change of pace when we recognize those teams that excel in the classroom.

"Like winning on the court, academic success on a team level does not happen by accident. It requires a group of student-athletes who realize the importance of education and earning their degrees, coaches who expect and encourage their players to attend class and study, and administrators who provide strong academic support programs for their athletes," said Bass.

"The teams composing the Academic Top 25 each year are always the real winners in women's college basketball."

A team's GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted by all team members in the academic terms (semesters or quarters) that the season spans. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA-member head coach. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.