Rio Grande Sports Information
ATLANTA, Ga. - The University of Rio Grande finished ninth among NAIA schools in the 2016-17 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls recently announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Head coach David Smalley's squad posted a grade point average of 3.568 and was the only school from the River States Conference on the list.
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 2016-17 season is the 22nd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
"The WBCA family is committed to the student-athlete experience and celebrates these teams that have demonstrated excellence in the classroom," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "This year's WBCA Academic Top 25 is a powerful list of teams and their head coaches who have winning cultures that prepare their student-athletes for success in life."
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Emporia State University, Emerson College, Purdue University Northwest and Des Moines Area Community College finished atop their respective divisions.
Green Bay, coached by Kevin Borseth, finished first among NCAA Division I members with a 3.819 cumulative team grade-point average. Emporia State, coached by Jory Collins, led NCAA Division II members with a 3.744 GPA. Emerson, coached by Mark Noll, took top honors in NCAA Division III with a 3.673 GPA.
Purdue Northwest, coached by Thomas Megyesi, was No. 1 in the NAIA division with a 3.746 GPA, while Des Moines, coached by Steve Krafcisin, led all junior/community college members with a 3.539 GPA.