Michigan Tech News

Women’s Basketball Ranks No. 1 — Academically

Last Modified 11:15 AM on Wed Jul 21, 2010

By Jennifer Donovan

July 21, 2010—

The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team, which spent a large part of the 2009-10 season ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II, also finished with the nation’s top grade point average, according to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 2010 Academic Top 25 list released this week. The Huskies’ 3.732 GPA was higher than any women’s basketball team in any division in the nation.

“The team worked so hard at everything they did last year, and it showed,” said head coach Kim Cameron, who served as assistant coach a year ago. “Not everyone sees the behind-the-scenes effort it takes, and I’m happy that they are being recognized for it. I am so proud of them!”

On the court, Michigan Tech accumulated a 31-3 record and won a second straight NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in 2009-10. The Huskies also claimed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division regular season title and the GLIAC Tournament championship.

Tech has been among the top four in Division II each of the last four years and listed in the WBCA Academic Top 25 seven times since the organization began compiling team GPAs in 1997-98.

“The student-athletes in the women’s basketball program really epitomize the Division II philosophy,” said Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. “They balance academics and athletics extremely well and excel at both. I am very proud of what they accomplish on the court and in the classroom.

“I commend the coaching staff for fostering an environment where both are a priority, and I congratulate the ladies on the national recognition they have earned.”

The other top five Division II teams on the WBCA Academic Top 25 list were Chadron State (3.641), Rockhurst (3.635), Saint Marting (3.591) and fellow GLIAC member Ashland (3.551).

The other division leaders were Utah Valley (3.630) in Division I, Carnegie Mellon (3.616) in Division III, Dana (3.727) in NAIA and Sheridan (3.575) in the junior college/community college category.

The full WBCA Division II Academic Top 25 list is below.

 School 2009-10 Head Coach   Team GPA
1Michigan Technological UniversityJohn Barnes 3.732
2Chadron State CollegeTim Connealy3.641
3Rockhurst University Larry Park3.635
4Saint Martin’s UniversityTimothy Healy3.591
5Ashland UniversitySue Ramsey3.551
6Holy Family University Mark Miller3.548
7Regis University   Linda Raunig3.732
8Saint Thomas Aquinas  Kim Lusk 3.524
9Missouri Western State Lynn Plett3.521
10Maryville University-St LouisChris Ellis3.517
11University of FindlayKate Cummings3.506
12Gannon UniversityCleve Wright3.491
13Adelphi UniversityHeather Jacobs3.474
T14Seton Hill UniversityFerne Labati3.473
T14Fort Hays State UniversityTony Hobson3.473
16Northwood UniversityJeff Curtis3.466
17Saint Michael’s CollegeJennifer Niebling3.464
18Wayne State CollegeChris Kielsmeier3.454
19Montana State University - BillingsKevin Woodin3.451
20Winona State UniversityScott Ballard3.446
21West Chester University of PennsylvaniaDeirdre Kane3.443
22University of South Carolina - AikenMichael Brandt3.442
23Fort Lewis CollegeMark Kellogg3.428
24West Liberty UniversityLynn Ullom3.408
25University of Nebraska - OmahaPatricia Shearer3.403

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