Jacks earn another academic award
The South Dakota State University women’s basketball team appeared in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the eighth consecutive season, placing 13th among NCAA Division I programs, officials from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Thursday.
The Jackrabbits, coached by Aaron Johnston, compiled a 3.492 team grade-point average during the 2012-13 academic year. Although SDSU fell out of the top three in the Division I rankings for the first time since moving to the D-I ranks, the Jackrabbits were one of only two programs to appear in the WBCA Academic Top 25 and play in the NCAA Tournament. DePaul (Ill.), which tied for second with a 3.625 team GPA, was the other program to accomplish both feats.
Utah Valley State led D-I squads with a 3.639 team GPA.
SDSU led all divisions of women’s college basketball three consecutive seasons from 2005-06 through 2007-08. The Jackrabbits added their fourth D-I team academic title during the 2010-11 season.