Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team has been recognized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches
Association for outstanding work in the classroom.
The WBCA announced its
2005-2006 academic top 25 team honor roll for NCAA Division I, II
& III, as well as NAIA and junior college. The awards recognize
teams throughout the nation that have the highest grade point averages
for the 2005-2006 season.
“It is my pleasure
to recognize each of these distinguished women’s basketball
programs that have gone above and beyond excellence on the court,
and have extended it to the classroom,” said WBCA chief executive
officer Beth Bass. “These 117 teams admirably strive to be
successful all-around, and we commend their efforts.”
NKU ranked No. 5 nationally
for team GPA in the NCAA Division II listing. The Norse sported
a 3.524 overall GPA for 2005-06. Nebraska-Kearney was No. 1 with
a team GPA of 3.663.
In addition to its accomplishments
in the classroom, NKU posted a 27-5 record this past season and
won the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championship. The
Norse also advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament and defeated
Michigan Tech in the first round.
NKU will return all
five starters in 2006-07, and the Norse are expected to be among
the top teams in the preseason NCAA Division II national poll.
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