Women's Basketball Receives National Academic Recognition from WBCA
ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine women's basketball team earned a No. 16 national ranking in the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, which was released late Monday night. The Black Bears were the only school from America East to make the national honor roll, as the team compiled a grade point average of 3.345 this past academic year.
Just last week 11 members of the squad were named to the 2008 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll for earning grade point averages of 3.0 or better. The list of 11 included Kristin Baker, Brittany Boser, Brittany Bowen, Katia Bratishko, Magdala Johnson, Colleen Kilmurray, Christina Mosher, Emily Rousseau, Amanda Tewksbury, Sandra Vaitkute and Kris Younan. Six of the 11 were named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll for earning GPAs of 3.5 or higher, including Baker, Boser, Bowen, Kilmurray, Rousseau and Tewksbury.
Maine finished ahead of a pair of Ivy League programs and one Patriot League team, including American (PL, 17th), Dartmouth (IL, 21st) and Columbia (IL, 25th).
"I would like to say congratulations to each and every one of these teams for producing some impressive cumulative grade point averages," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "These numbers would be notable for one student-athlete alone, but for an entire team to compile overall GPAs such as this is truly remarkable. I tip my hat to these programs and wish continued success both on and off the court."
GPAs are calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by each student-athlete on an institution's roster in the given academic terms by the total number of hours earned by the team. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Per a motion passed by the WBCA Board of Directors in 2007, teams making the list of Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll must obtain at least a 3.00 overall GPA. South Dakota was ranked number one overall for the highest team GPA of 3.669.
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