The American University women’s basketball team recorded the 13th-best grade-point average in Division I, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Thursday. This is the third time in program history that the Eagles have been recognized by the WBCA.
American registered a 3.510 cumulative GPA during the 2013-14 academic year to earn a spot on the WBCA Team Academic Honor Roll. The mark was the second highest team GPA in program history. The Eagles last received the honor during the 2011-12 campaign, posting the fifth-highest GPA in Division I, and finished 17th in 2007-08.
American ranked second in the Patriot League with nine student-athletes on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll this season. The Eagles had three student-athletes earn perfect 4.0 GPS during the spring semester, Jen Dumiak, Geleisa George and Sarah Kiely, while three-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year Alexis Dobbs capped off her career with four consecutive Academic Honor Roll selections.
On the court, American went 22-10 overall and earned an at-large bid to the WNIT. The Eagles had three All-Patriot League selections with Dobbs earning First Team honors and Dumiak and Arron Zimmerman being recognized on the Third Team.
The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPA inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The University of Missouri-Kansas City led all Division I programs with a 3.628 GPA. 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.