WBCA Honors Bulldogs With Team Academic Award

WBCA Honors Bulldogs With Team Academic Award

One of Three Ivy League Schools Recognized

WBCA Release

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team was recognized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) with a spot on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2013-14 season it was announced on Thursday.

The Bulldogs ranked 23rd in the Division I Top 25 with a 3.397 team grade point average. It is the third straight season under Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow Class of 1954 Head Coach, that Yale has earned a place on the WBCA's Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. The Bulldogs were one of three Ivy League teams to earn a place on the Top 25 Honor Roll, joining Cornell and Brown.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City topped the NCAA Division I honor roll with a 3.628 GPA. Head coach Marsha Frese's squad topped the Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the second time, and for the first time since 1998. Other institutions to earn top honors were, Upper Iowa University (Division II), Westminster College (Mo.) (Division III), Mount Marty College (NAIA) and Snow College (Junior/Community College). Upper Iowa and Snow both lead their respective divisions for the second straight year. Westminster led Division III for the first time in program history, while Mount Marty made its 17th appearance on the list in 19 years.

"Being a student-athlete is a challenging feat, but at the same time it is also very rewarding and to see the GPA's that these institutions have collected is impressive," said WBCA COO Shannon Reynolds. "The WBCA congratulates all of these student-athletes and their coaches for their hard work and dedication."

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes women's basketball teams across the nation in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, the NAIA, and junior/community colleges that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2013-14 season is the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

About the WBCA:

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, visit wbca.org.

Report filed by Jeff Mead, Yale Sports Publicity