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2015-16 WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls Announced

Published on August 2, 2016

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Image: St. Francis Brooklyn Athletics.

Image: St. Francis Brooklyn Athletics.

St. Francis College Brooklyn, Upper Iowa University, University of Dubuque, Mount Marty College and Northwest College sit atop their respective divisions in the 2015-16 WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls.

  • St. Francis Brooklyn, coached by John Thurston, finished first among NCAA Division I members with a 3.712 cumulative team grade-point average.
  • Upper Iowa, coached by Carol Russell, led NCAA Division II members with a 3.731 GPA.
  • Dubuque, coached by Mark Noll, took top honors in NCAA Division III with a 3.685 GPA.
  • Mount Marty, coached by Tom Schlimgen, was No. 1 in the NAIA division with a 3.828 GPA.
  • Northwest College, coached by Janis Beal, led all junior/community college members with a 3.575 GPA.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2015-16 season is the 21st in which the WBCA as compiled the honor rolls.

2015-16 WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls by division. Head coaches listed are for the 2015-16 season.

NCAA Division I

Rank Institution Head Coach GPA
1 St. Francis College Brooklyn John Thurston 3.712
2 University of South Dakota Amy Williams 3.691
3 Youngstown State University John Barnes 3.639
4 Eastern Washington University Wendy Schuller 3.637
5 Houston Baptist University Donna Finnie 3.612
6 Belmont University Cameron Newbauer 3.591
7 St. Bonaventure University Jim Crowley 3.575
8 University of Northern Iowa Tanya Warren 3.565
9 Loyola University Maryland Joe Logan 3.556
10 Drake University Jennie Baranczyk 3.546
11 Bradley University Michael Brooks 3.534
12 University of New Mexico Mike  Bradbury 3.524
T13 University of Wisconsin, Green Bay Kevin Borseth 3.515
T13 Northwestern State University Brooke Stoehr 3.515
15 Saint Louis University Lisa Stone 3.503
16 Creighton University Jim Flanery 3.498
17 University of Denver Kerry Cremeans 3.484
18 University of Maine Richard Barron 3.480
19 Florida Gulf Coast University Karl Smesko 3.475
20 Harvard University Kathy Delaney-Smith 3.474
21 DePaul University Doug Bruno 3.470
22 Liberty University Carey Green 3.468
23 Abilene Christian University Julie Goodenough 3.450
24 American University Megan Gebbia 3.449
25 Bowling Green State University Jennifer Roos 3.446

NCAA Division II

Rank Institution Head Coach GPA
1 Upper Iowa University Carol Russell 3.731
2 Ohio Dominican University Lynsey Warren 3.720
3 Seton Hill Uniuversity Mark Katarski 3.711
4 Minnesota State University, Mankato Emilee Thiesse 3.675
T5 Northwood University Jeff Curtis 3.672
T5 University of Findlay James Wiedie 3.672
7 University of Sioux Falls Travis Traphagen 3.656
8 Lindenwood University Tony Francis 3.649
9 Michigan Technological University Kimberly Cameron 3.645
10 Lee University Marty Rowe 3.627
11 Rockhurst University Larry Park 3.619
12 Barry University William Sullivan 3.616
13 University of the Sciences Jackie Hartzell 3.604
T14 Ashland University Robyn Fralick 3.603
T14 Winona State University Scott Ballard 3.603
16 Drury University Molly Miller 3.593
17 Lubbock Christian University Steve Gomez 3.591
18 Texas Woman’s University Beth Jillson 3.589
19 Augustana University Dave Krauth 3.583
20 Minnesota State University Moorhead Karla Nelson 3.570
21 Western Oregon University Holli Howard-Carpenter 3.566
22 Fort Hays State University Tony Hobson 3.559
23 Holy Family University Mark Miller 3.553
24 Gannon University James Brunelli 3.530
25 Lake Erie College Robert Booher 3.517

NCAA Division III

Rank Institution Head Coach GPA
1 University of Dubuque Mark Noll 3.685
2 Westminster College (Missouri) Tracey Braden 3.662
3 Emerson College Bill Gould 3.611
T4 Houghton College Alicia Mucher 3.605
T4 University of California, Santa Cruz Todd Kent 3.605
6 Lancaster Bible College Katelyn Vanderhoff 3.585
7 Bethel University (Minnesota) Jon Herbrechtsmeyer 3.584
8 Yeshiva University Michael Alon 3.579
9 Lakeland College Aaron Nester 3.570
10 North Central University Paul Brunner 3.560
11 Kalamazoo College Katie Miller 3.555
12 Nebraska Wesleyan University Britni Fett 3.553
13 Olivet College Nicole Burford 3.544
14 New York University Lauren Hall-Gregory 3.539
15 Washington and Lee University Christine Clancy 3.538
16 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Shirley Egner 3.532
17 Elmhurst College Tethnie Carrillo 3.531
T18 Simmons College Kristen Rasmussen 3.529
T18 Monmouth College Kyle Wilson 3.529
20 Chatham University Sandy Rectenwald 3.519
21 Massachusetts Institute of Technology> Sonia Raman 3.509
T22 Capital University Dixie Jeffers 3.493
T22 Millikin University Lori Kerans 3.493
T24 The College of New Jersey Dawn Henderson 3.487
T24 Waynesburg University Sam Jones 3.487

NAIA

Rank Institution Head Coach GPA
1 Mount Marty College Tom Schlimgen 3.828
2 Concordia University (Nebraska) Drew Olson 3.730
3 Valley City State University Jill DeVries 3.678
4 Davenport University Robyn Scherr 3.659
5 Indiana Wesleyan University Steve Brooks 3.624
6 St. Ambrose University Krista Van Hauen 3.611
7 Bethel College (Kansas) Mark Fox 3.594
8 Lewis-Clark State College Brian Orr 3.562
T9 Montana State University-Northern Chris Mouat 3.556
T9 Doane College Tracee Fairbanks 3.556
11 Huntington University Lori Culler 3.548
12 University of Rio Grande David Smalley 3.535
T13 Cardinal Stritch University John Pfaffl 3.533
T13 Indiana University East Tiffani Selhorst> 3.533
15 Dakota Wesleyan University Jason Christensen 3.525
16 Saint Xavier University Bob Hallberg 3.520
17 Northwestern College Chris Yaw 3.515
18 Freed-Hardeman University Dale Neal 3.500
19 Vanguard University Russ Davis 3.493
20> Kansas Wesleyan University Ryan Showman 3.487
21 Blue Mountain College Lavon Driskell 3.483
22 Benedictine College Chad Folsom 3.465
23 Carroll College Rachelle Sayers 3.421
24 University of Great Falls Bill Himmelberg 3.404
25 Faulkner University Reed Sutton 3.363

Junior/Community College*

Rank Institution Head Coach GPA
1 Northwest College JanisBeal 3.575
2 Sheridan College FrankMcCarthy 3.567
3 Dawson Community College RomeoLagmay, Jr. 3.534
4 Des Moines Area Community College SteveKrafcisin 3.466
5 Snow College MikeRussell 3.446
6 Gulf Coast State College RoonieScovel 3.250
7 Minnesota West Community & Technical College RosalieHayenga 3.193
8 McHenry County College KarenWiley 3.148
9 Frank Phillips College EricRodewald 3.137
10 Johnson County Community College BenConrad 3.117
11 Lincoln College CarolWilson 3.089
12 LaGuardia Community College AnthonyAlfaro 3.033
13 Illinois Central College KarrieRedeker 3.030
14 Ventura College NedMircetic 3.016

*—Note: There were only 14 institutions eligible for nomination in the junior/community college division.

A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) earned by the total number of academic 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 the WBCA-member head coach. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.


 

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