Bulldogs Earn Top Academic Marks from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association

Adrian College appears in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 rankings among NCAA Division III programs for the first time since 2004, leading the MIAA at No. 14. (Photo by Patrick Stewart)
Adrian College appears in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 rankings among NCAA Division III programs for the first time since 2004, leading the MIAA at No. 14. (Photo by Patrick Stewart)

WBCA news release

LILBURN, Ga.--The Adrian College women's basketball team is the top representative from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 rankings, released this week. The Bulldogs' 3.591 collective grade-point average is good for 14th among all NCAA Division III programs, while Hope College is 24th with a 3.546 team GPA.

This marks the fourth time in program history that Adrian has been recognized for this award, establishing team records for ranking (14th) and GPA (3.591). The other seasons in which the Bulldogs appeared in the WBCA's academic national rankings were 2003-04 (15th, 3.42), 1999-2000 (22nd, 3.37) and 1998-99 (20th, 3.33).

The criteria for the WBCA Academic Top 25 rankings are:

 All players who were on the official team roster at the start of the second semester must be included in computing the team GPA.
□ First semester hours attempted and GPA.
□ Second semester hours attempted and GPA.
 Same format applies if using the quarter system.
 Weighted grades must be converted to a 4.0 grade point scale. Quarter and semester hours can be accepted.
□ 
Team GPA minimum of a 3.0
□ College head coaches who are WBCA members may nominate their teams for this award.
□ Team grade point averages are determined by the total number of quality points divided by the total number of hours attempted by all players on the team.

Adrian is led by head coach Kathy Morris, who wrapped up her 27th season at the helm. For the 2018-19 season, the Bulldogs had the third-highest GPA among AC programs competing in the MIAA--behind Women's Soccer (3.750) and Women's Volleyball (3.670). Five Bulldog women's basketball student-athletes recorded a 3.75 or higher GPA, led by freshman Addison Bergman (Bryan, Ohio/Hicksville High School) with a 3.94 as she also was Academic All-MIAA in volleyball.

Morris stated: "This national award is a true reflection of our student-athletes' commitment in the classroom. They wanted to reach this goal, and I am so proud they accomplished it."

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and two-year GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2018-19 season is the 24th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

"The WBCA is pleased to recognize those women's basketball programs that have committed themselves to excellence on the court and in the classroom," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew.  "The 117 teams we honor this year strive to achieve all-around success and we commend their efforts. Congratulations!"

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NCAA Division III

Rank

Institution

Head Coach

GPA

1

Shenandoah University

Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft

3.764

2

Vassar College

Candice Signor-Brown

3.763

3

Marymount University

Ashlee Rogers

3.703

4

Ithaca College

Dan Raymond

3.679

5

Thiel College

Rob Clune

3.660

T6

Emerson College

William Gould

3.659

T6

Bethel University

Jon Herbrechtsmeyer

3.659

8

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Sam Dixon

3.656

9

Yeshiva University

Michael Alon

3.655

10

Misericordia University

Jason Rhine

3.650

11

Springfield College

Naomi Graves

3.623

12

Sarah Lawrence College

Bradley Alexander

3.607

13

St. Lawrence University

Dan Roiger

3.592

14

Adrian College

Kathy Morris

3.591

15

Principia College

Dory Smith

3.590

16

Elmira College

Devin Shea

3.584

17

Penn State Harrisburg

Ross Patrick

3.583

18

Middlebury College

KJ Krasco

3.580

19

Washington and Lee University

Christine Clancy

3.579

20

Johns Hopkins University

Katherine Bixby

3.574

21

St. Joseph's College-Maine

Mike McDevitt

3.568

22

Marywood University

Gabby Holko

3.566

23

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sonia Raman

3.553

24

Hope College

Brian Morehouse

3.546

25

Manchester University

Josh Dzurick

3.538