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Women's Basketball Earns Top GPA in NAIA on WBCA Academic Top 25

Women's Basketball Earns Top GPA in NAIA on WBCA Academic Top 25
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Women's Basketball Earns Top GPA in NAIA on WBCA Academic Top 25

HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. - The Purdue University Northwest women’s basketball program showed their dominance in the classroom during the 2016-17 academic year, earning the top GPA in the NAIA after the Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll was announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday. 

The Pride earned a 3.746 GPA, which was better than over 200 schools in the NAIA, and finished second out of all the respective divisions, including NCAA Div. I, Div. II, Div. III and junior/community colleges.

“Our athletic department has always emphasized student-athletes being well-rounded individuals,” said head coach Tom Megyesi.

“Our women’s basketball team are outstanding students who accomplished this great honor and I am extremely proud of all their hard work in the classroom and on the floor.”

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and II; 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. This marks the 22nd season in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls. 

For the full release from the WBCA click here: https://wbca.org/about/press-releases/green-bay-emporia-state-emerson-purdue-northwest-des-moines-sit-atop-2016-17

 

NAIA Top 25 rankings

 

Rank     Institution                               Head Coach                GPA

 

1

Purdue University Northwest

Thomas Megyesi

3.746

2

Mount Marty College

Tom Schlimgen

3.741

3

St. Ambrose University

Krista Van Hauen

3.701

4

Montana State University-Northern

Chris Mouat

3.690

5

Concordia University (Nebraska)

Drew Olson

3.673

6

Grand View University

Garey Smith

3.659

7

Blue Mountain College

Lavon Driskell

3.628

8

Indiana Institute of Technology

Jessie Biggs

3.608

9

University of Rio Grande

David Smalley

3.568

10

Freed-Hardeman University

Dale Neal

3.545

11

Saint Xavier University

Bob Hallberg

3.536

12

Huntington University

Lori Culler

3.530

13

Columbia College

Jessica Keller

3.523

14

University of Great Falls

Bill Himmelberg

3.516

15

Northwestern College

Chris Yaw

3.490

16

Missouri Valley College

Timm Dixon

3.486

17

University of St. Francis

Samantha Quigley Smith

3.483

18

Stephens College

Ray Fron

3.464

19

Cardinal Stritch University

John Pfaffl

3.426

20

Campbellsville University

Ginger Colvin

3.422

21

Concordia University (Michigan)

Thad Sankey

3.412

22

Indiana University East

Tiffani Selhorst

3.382

23

John Brown University

Jeff Soderquist

3.376

24

Kansas Wesleyan University

Ryan Showman

3.370

25

Lyon College

Tracy Stewart-Lange

3.362