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Jacks place second for team GPA

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 07/17/2012 10:37:08
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The South Dakota State University women's basketball team continued its track record of academic success, ranking second among Division I programs in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Academic Top 25 with a 3.610 team grade-point average during the recently completed 2011-12 academic year.

"It was another successful year in the classroom for our program," head coach Aaron Johnston said. "Year after year we have been at or near the top of the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. SDSU is a great institution and clearly our university has an excellent plan in place for helping students excel academically."

Wisconsin-Green Bay held the top spot among Division I programs, edging the Jackrabbits for the top spot with a 3.616 team GPA. The top three teams in the D-I rankings all played in the NCAA Tournament as DePaul (Ill.) completed the trio with a 3.604 GPA.

Across all divisions of women's college basketball, which includes NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior colleges, the Jackrabbits finished 10th overall. Drury (Mo.) led all divisions with a 3.709 team GPA, followed by Northland (Wis.) at 3.706.

In seven seasons competing at the Division I level, SDSU has finished no worse than third place in the Division I team GPA rankings. The Jackrabbits have led the nation four times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011), finished second twice (2010, 2012) and placed third once (2009). In addition, SDSU led all divisions of women's college basketball for team GPA in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

WBCA ACADEMIC TOP 25 — DIVISION I
1. ^Wisconsin-Green Bay  3.616
2. ^South Dakota State  3.610
3. ^DePaul (Ill.)  3.604
4. South Dakota  3.595
5. American  3.563
6. Youngstown State  3.550
7. Utah Valley  3.524
8. North Dakota  3.505
9. ^Florida Gulf Coast  3.474
10. Saint Francis (Pa.)  3.456
11. Montana State  3.435
12. Northern Colorado  3.421
13. Western Carolina  3.406
T14. New Mexico  3.403
T14. Northern Iowa  3.403
16. North Dakota State  3.402
17. Montana  3.399
18. IPFW  3.398
19. Bradley (Ill.)  3.396
20. Denver (Colo.)  3.387
21. Bucknell (Pa.)  3.382
22. Yale (Conn.)  3.352
23. ^Sacred Heart (Conn.)  3.349
24. Bowling Green (Ohio)  3.347
25. Eastern Washington  3.337
^Played in NCAA Tournament

WBCA ACADEMIC TOP 10 — ALL DIVISIONS
1. Drury (Mo.) [II] 3.709
2. Northland (Wis.)  [III] 3.706
3. King  (Tenn.) [II] 3.692
4. Lake Erie (Ohio) [II]  3.684
5. Northwestern (Iowa) [NAIA]  3.657
6. Case Western Reserve (Ohio) [III]  3.641
7. Fort Hays State (Kan.) [II]  3.628
8. Hope (Mich.) [III]  3.620
9. Wisconsin-Green Bay [I]  3.616
10. South Dakota State [I]  3.610

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE HISTORICAL RANKINGS — DIVISION I
2005-06: First, *3.730
2006-07: First, *3.693
2007-08: First, *3.669
2008-09: Third, 3.571
2009-10: Second, 3.622
2010-11: First, 3.666
2011-12: Second, 3.610
* Led all divisions in team GPA

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