Women's Basketball Among Top 15 In NCAA For Highest GPA
ATLANTA – The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team's success in the classroom was recognized Wednesday on the national scale, as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association released its Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls.
The Greyhounds, who posted a combined 3.562 grade-point average by the WBCA calculation during the 2016-17 academic year, were tied for 12th out of 349 NCAA Division I teams in terms of GPA.
"The overall academic achievement of our program the past two years is a combination of our individual players' hard work in the classroom coupled with the support that Loyola provides for our student-athletes," head coach Joe Logan said. "That support begins with Andrea Hoffman, our assistant director for Student-Athlete Support Services, and continues through our faculty and peer-to-peer tutors. We are extremely proud and excited that our student-athletes are receiving national recognition for their diligent work in the classroom."
Five members of the team posted perfect 4.0 GPAs during this most recent spring semester with 88 percent (15 of 17) of the squad earning Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recognition: Alex Barazotti, Bri Betz-White, Lauren Daugherty, CaLee Gelbaugh, Ashley Hunter, Stephanie Karcz, Maria Kilcullen, Madelene McDonald, Lisa Mirarchi, Carly Monzo, Hannah Niles, Abby Omdahl, Tori Schultz, Molly Taylor and Courtney Vannoy.
In addition, Mirarchi, one of five selected to the Patriot League All-Academic Women's Basketball Team, graduated as the program's first four-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll honoree.
Thirteen of Loyola's Patriot League-best 15 players honored with honor roll status posted at least a 3.50 GPA, with 10 being at a 3.75 or above.
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.