Cowgirl Basketball Earns Spot in WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll

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ATLANTA, Ga. (July 31, 2018) – For the sixth time in school history and third time under head coach Joe Legerski, the Wyoming women’s basketball team earned a spot among NCAA Division I institutions, as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its 2017-18 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll on Tuesday. The Cowgirls were ranked 22nd with a 3.476 cumulative grade point average.

Wyoming had nine members on this year’s Mountain West Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team, which included eight repeat selections. The Cowgirls finished the season 22-11 overall, a program best 13 victories in MW play and reached the second round of the WNIT. Three Cowgirls earned postseason honors including Liv Roberts, Bailee Cotton and Taylor Rusk.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; 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. The 2017-18 season is the 23rd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Michigan Technological University, Emerson College, Mount Marty College and Northwest College sit atop their respective divisions in the 2017-18 WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls announced today by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Green Bay, coached by Kevin Borseth, finished first among NCAA Division I members with a 3.753 cumulative team grade-point average. Michigan Tech, coached by Kim Cameron, led NCAA Division II members with a 3.796 GPA. Emerson, coached by William Gould, took top honors in NCAA Division III with a 3.712 GPA. Mount Marty, coached by Thomas Schlimgen, was No. 1 in the NAIA division with a 3.683 GPA. And Northwest, coached by Janis Beal, led all two-year college members with a 3.449 GPA.

A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) earned by the total number of academic 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 the WBCA-member head coach. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.

Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to those organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.