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UVU Women’s Basketball Garners Top Div. I GPA in Nation

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July 20, 2010
For Immediate Release

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Written by: James Warnick (801) 863-6231

ATLANTA –  The Utah Valley University women’s basketball team was recognized on Tuesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for having the best NCAA Division I team GPA in the nation, with a 3.630, for the 2009- 10 academic year.

“I’m so excited for our girls,” UVU head coach Cathy Nixon Said. “To watch them on a daily basis and see how committed they are academically, this is a tremendous recognition for them. I just really credit the girls.”

“This isn’t only a credit to the three or four girls that had a 4.0 this past year but also those who might not be 4.0 students but did everything they could to keep their GPAs up. From top- to- bottom I am just thrilled for our kids. What an honor,” Nixon added.

This is the fourth consecutive appearance for UVU on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. 2009- 10 marks the first year that the Wolverines have secured the top spot amongst NCAA Division I institutions. Aside from its classroom successes, Utah Valley capped off its season by winning the inaugural Great West Conference Tournament championship and finished the year with a 10- 22 record.

“What a fantastic accomplishment for our women’s basketball team,” UVU Director of Athletics Michael V. Jacobsen said. “To finish number one in the nation, our first full NCAA eligible year is such an outstanding accomplishment for Coach Nixon and our student athletes. We could not be more proud and happy for them.”

This award, given in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College, recognizes teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the entire season based on the nomination submitted by WBCA- member head coaches.

Division Institution Head Coach Team GPA
NCAA I Utah Valley University Cathy Nixon 3.630
NCAA II Michigan Technological University John Barnes 3.732
NCAA III Carnegie Mellon University Geraldine Seidl 3.616
NAIA Dana College M. Shane Larson 3.727
JC/CC Sheridan College Frank McCarthy 3.575

Four of the five institutions are at the top spot for their division on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the first time. Dana College claimed the top spot in NAIA for the second year in a row and fourth time overall for their division. In Division I, Utah Valley University is making its fourth Top 25, while Michigan Tech University (Division II) has appeared six times prior. Carnegie Mellon University (Division III) and Sheridan College (JC/CC) are both appearing in the Top 25 for the first time.

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 3.000 overall GPA.

“Congratulations to these teams who have excelled academically during the 2009- 10 school year,” WBCA CEO Beth Bass said. “Each of these coaches set an extraordinary example for their peers to follow by holding academics in such high esteem with their student- athletes.”

The WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NCAA Division I is as follows:

Rank School 2009- 10 Head Coach Team GPA
1 Utah Valley University Cathy Nixon 3.630
2 South Dakota State University Aaron Johnston 3.622
3 Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County Phil Stern 3.578
4 Indiana State University Teri Moren 3.508
5 Creighton University Jim Flanery 3.506
6 Bowling Green State University Curt Miller 3.500
7 University of Northern Iowa Tanya Warren 3.464
8 DePaul University Douglas Bruno 3.455
9 Lipscomb University Frank Bennett 3.452
10 University of North Dakota Gene Roebuck 3.442
11 University of New Mexico Don Flanagan 3.433
12 North Dakota State University Carolyn DeHoff 3.427
13 Northern Arizona University Laurie Kelly 3.425
14 Bucknell University Kathy Fedorjaka 3.422
15 Monmouth University Stephanie Gaitley 3.412
16 University of South Dakota Ryun Williams 3.368
17 Saint Bonaventure University Jim Crowley 3.354
18 University of Northern Colorado Jaime White 3.351
19 University of Denver Erik Johnson 3.342
20 Seattle University Joan Bonvicini 3.341
21 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Sandy Botham 3.340
22 Eastern Washington University Wendy Schuller 3.328
23 University of Hartford Jennifer Rizzotti 3.321
24 Oakland University Beckie Francis 3.318
25 Cornell University Dayna Smith 3.308


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