BROOKINGS, S.D. (SDSU) — South Dakota State women’s basketball was announced as the top academic team in NCAA Division I by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Wednesday. The Jackrabbits posted a 3.837 GPA for the 2021-22 academic year, the highest single-year GPA in the program’s Division I era.
This is the fifth time in the award’s history SDSU has held the No. 1 ranking. The Jacks were most recently No. 1 in 2011 and also held the top spot for three straight seasons from 2006-08.
The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and two-year 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 2021-22 season is the 27th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
“The WBCA family of coaches is committed to the student-athlete experience and celebrates these teams that have demonstrated excellence in the classroom,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “This year’s WBCA Academic Top 25 is a powerful list of teams and their head coaches who have winning cultures that prepare their student-athletes for success in life.
The full Division I WBCA Academic Top 25 is listed below. SDSU owns the top spot, while fellow in state university, USD earned a 3.588 GPA to finish 20th.
|1||South Dakota State University||Aaron Johnston||3.837|
|2||Robert Morris University||Charlie Buscaglia||3.762|
|3||University of Maine||Amy Vachon||3.73|
|4||Lipscomb University||Lauren Sumski||3.725|
|T5||University of Wisconsin-Green Bay||Kevin Borseth||3.723|
|T5||Western Illinois University||JD Gravina||3.723|
|7||Boise State University||Gordy Presnell||3.721|
|8||Belmont University||Bart Brooks||3.712|
|9||Northern Illinois University||Lisa Carlsen||3.681|
|10||University of Northern Colorado||Kristen Mattio||3.663|
|11||Eastern Illinois University||Matt Bollant||3.661|
|12||Lehigh University||Susan Troyan||3.654|
|13||University of Wyoming||Gerald Mattinson||3.628|
|14||Arizona State University||Charli Turner Thorne||3.625|
|15||University of Portland||Michael Meek||3.624|
|16||Youngstown State University||John Barnes||3.622|
|17||Iona College||Billi Chambers||3.621|
|18||Virginia Tech||Kenny Brooks||3.611|
|19||Western Michigan University||Shane Clipfell||3.605|
|20||University of South Dakota||Dawn Plitzuweit||3.588|
|21||Tennessee Tech University||Kim Rosamond||3.571|
|22||University at Albany||Colleen Mullen||3.57|
|23||University of North Dakota||Mallory Bernhard||3.56|
|24||Bowling Green State University||Robyn Fralick||3.554|
|25||California State University, Northridge||Carlene Mitchell||3.548|