ATLANTA -- The South Dakota State and Western Illinois women's basketball programs represented The Summit League on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll presented by AT&T it was announced today.
Western Illinois tied for 10th place with a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.530. The Leathernecks earned their second-straight spot in the Top 25. South Dakota State placed 21st with a 3.427 GPA. It was the 10th consecutive season the Jackrabbits have been named to the list.
SDSU was one of seven teams that earned a berth in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
"The WBCA applauds these teams for their commitment to academic excellence during the 2014-15 school year," said Danielle Donehew. "The student-athlete experience is an exciting and challenging time period and we appreciate these programs for setting an academic standard that other teams can strive to achieve. We value the hard work and dedication the players and coaches have put forth to thrive in the classroom and on the basketball court."
"We applaud these young women for delivering on the court and in the classroom," said Ryan Luckey, AVP, AT&T Corporate Sponsorships. "They set a tremendous example for all student-athletes."
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. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPA's are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA-member head coach. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.