Storm Women's Basketball Ranked Third in WBCA Academic Top 25

Storm Women's Basketball Ranked Third in WBCA Academic Top 25

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PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A successful season on the court by the Lake Erie College women's basketball team in 2011-12 was surpassed off the court as the Storm was recognized on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll on Tuesday (July 17) by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.  Lake Erie was ranked third in NCAA Division II with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.684.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment for the young women in our program," said head coach Bob Booher.  "Our student-athletes realize the importance of education and strive to reach their full potential in both basketball and in the classroom. This serves as a great reminder of the quality student-athletes we are attracting to the College and the successes we are having athletically and academically."

The Storm's team GPA was not only the third highest in Division II, but the fourth best overall, trailing just Drury University (II), King College (II), and Northland College (III).   Lake Erie is the highest ranked team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), which had a total of four schools make the Honor Roll.

In 2011-12, the Storm posted a 16-11 overall record and finished fifth in the GLIAC with a 10-9 league mark, qualifying for the conference tournament for the first time. 

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.  The 2011-12 season is the 17th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls.

Last year, the Storm ranked 21st in the Academic Top 25.
Here is the complete 2012 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division II (**-NCAA tournament; *-left after season):
 

Rank

Institution

2011-12 Head Coach

Team GPA

1

Drury**

Steve Harold

3.709

2

King (Tenn.)

Josh Thompson

3.692

3

Lake Erie

Robert Booher

3.684

4

Fort Hays State

Tony Hobson

3.628

5

Rockhurst

Larry Park

3.586

6

Seton Hill

Ferne Labati

3.580

7

Lindenwood

James Francis

3.567

8

Fort Lewis**

Mark Kellogg*

3.562

9

Holy Family**

Mark Miller

3.558

10

Michigan Tech

Kimberly Cameron

3.547

11

Minnesota State Mankato**

Pam Gohl*

3.538

12

Merrimack

Monique LeBlanc

3.532

13

Minnesota State Moorhead

Karla Nelson

3.527

14

Gannon**

Cleve Wright

3.526

15

Winona State

Scott Ballard

3.513

16

Maryville (Mo.)**

Chris Ellis

3.507

17

Wisconsin-Parkside**

Jennifer Knight-Kenesie

3.498

18

Ashland**

Sue Ramsey

3.481

19

Montana State Billings

Kevin Woodin

3.476

20

Seattle Pacific

Julie Van Beek

3.448

21 (tie)

Franklin Pierce**

Stephen Hancock

3.446

21 (tie)

Wayne State**

Chris Kielsmeier

3.446

23

Concordia-St. Paul

Paul Fessler

3.440

24

Cal State East Bay

Suzy Barcomb

3.427

25 (tie)

St. Thomas Aquinas

Kim Lusk

3.415

25 (tie)

Minnesota Duluth**

Annette Wiles

3.415

 

-LEC-