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Snow tops WBCA Top 25 Team Honor Roll for 2-year colleges
 July 19, 2013

ATLANTA – Utah Valley University, Ohio Dominican University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Vanguard University and Snow College are the top honorees in their respective divisions on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls for the 2012-13 season, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today.


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 2012-13 season is the 18th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls.

Here are the top honorees by division, their head coaches and combined team GPAs:

Division

Institution

2012-13 Head Coach

Team GPA

NCAA Division I

Utah Valley University

Cathy Nixon

3.639

NCAA Division II

Ohio Dominican University

Lynsey Warren

3.699

NCAA Division III

Gustavus Adolphus College

Laurie Kelly

3.600

NAIA

Vanguard University

Russ Davis

3.610

Junior/Community College

Snow College

Natalie Visger

3.583

Utah Valley is No. 1 on the NCAA Division I honor roll for the second time. The Wolverines previously finished atop the Division I standings in 2010. It is their seventh time appearing in the Top 25 standings. Meanwhile, Ohio Dominican, Gustavus Adolphus, Vanguard and Snow are all finishing atop their division standings respectively for the first time.

"The GPAs produced this year by each of the Top 25 teams are quite remarkable," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "The coaches of these teams have done a terrific job encouraging their student-athletes to perform at their best both on the court and in the classroom. Congratulations to these 114 programs. I wish them each continued success."

A team's GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of 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 a WBCA-member head coach. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated. 

Junior/Community College

Snow College is making its debut on the junior/community honor roll at No. 1, which features only 14 teams due to the limited number of eligible nominations received. The Badgers, coached by Natalie Visger, ended the season with a 10-21 record.

Three of the 14 teams making the honor roll earned berths in either the NJCAA Division I or NJCAA Division II national tournament.

Here is the complete 2013 WBCA Academic Top 25 for junior/community colleges
(**-NJCAA Division I *** -NJCAA Division II tournament):

Rank

Institution

2012-13 Head Coach

Team GPA

1

Snow College

Natalie Visger

3.583

2

Northwest College

Janis Beal

3.480

3

Miles Community College

Cathy Hanek

3.423

4

Seward County Community College

Toby Wynn

3.347

5

Minnesota West Community & Technical College

Michael Fury

3.317

6

Ventura College

Ned Mircetic

3.310

7

Johnson County Community College

Benjamin Conrad

3.234

8

Mesa Community College***

Kori Stephenson

3.166

9

Morton College

Larry Lanciotti

3.137

10

Trinity Valley Community College**

Elena Lovato

3.127

11

Columbia Basin College

Cheryl Holden

3.109

T12

Sheridan College

Frank McCarthy

3.094

T12

Volunteer State Community College**

Chris Harris

3.094

14

Moberly Area Community College

Chad Killinger

3.055


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, please visit wbca.org.





























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