POWELL, Wyo. - The Northwest College Women’s Basketball Team and Coach Janis Beal have been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2011-12 season, NWC Interim Athletic Director Rex Myers announced this week.
The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes all NCAA divisions, NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season, according to Beth Bass, the association’s CEO.
NWC’s women’s team ranked number two among two-year college programs with a combined team GPA of 3.363.
“Like winning on the court, academic success on a team level does not happen by accident,” Bass said. “It requires a group of student-athletes who realize the importance of education and earning their degrees, coaches who expect and encourage their players to attend class and study and administrators who provide strong academic support programs for their athletes.”
Congratulating Coach Beal and her team on their achievement, Bass added that teams composing the Academic Top 25 each year are always the real winners in women’s college basketball.