2012-13 Squad Ranks 22nd Among Division I Nominees
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University women's basketball team was recognized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Thursday as one of its honorees on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2012-13 season.
It is the second straight season that Yale earned a place on the WBCA's Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. The Bulldogs ranked 22nd in the Division I Top 25 with a 3.385 Team Grade Point Average. Yale was one of four Ivy League teams to earn a place on the Top 25 Honor Roll, joining Brown, Cornell and Harvard.
"It is a tremendous accomplishment for the members of our team to achieve such a high level of academic success at a university as highly regarded as Yale," said Chris Gobrecht, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954, Head Coach of Women's Basketball. "This team works hard in the gym and in the classroom. I'm very proud of them. The Ivy League attracts the finest student-athletes in the nation as can be seen by our record high of four schools in the Top 25."
Prior to the honor following the 2011-12 season, Yale last earned a spot in the WBCA's Academic Top 25 following the 2004-05 season, when it was ranked No. 20 with a 3.328 Team GPA under then-head coach Amy Backus.
Utah Valley leads the 2013 NCAA Division I honor roll with a 3.639 GPA. It is the seventh appearance on the Division I honor roll for the Wolverines and second time at No. 1 under head coach Cathy Nixon. The Wolverines previously finished atop the Division I standings in 2010. Meanwhile, Ohio Dominican (Division II), Gustavus Adolphus (Division III), Vanguard (NAIA) and Snow (Junior/Community College) all finished 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."
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.
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.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity