ATLANTA, GA. – For the third consecutive year, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team earned a spot in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll when the annual list was released by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association July 18. The Storm ranked 12th in Division II with a 3.511 combined team grade point average (GPA).
"It's exciting to see our players recognized for the hard work and effort they put in off the court in the classroom," said head coach Bob Booher. "We're very proud to have achieved these high rankings each of the past three years."
Lake Erie is one of four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) teams ranked in the Top 25. The Storm were third in Division II last year and 21st two seasons ago.
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 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.
"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.