FHSU Women’s Basketball to Named WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll


ATLANTA – Fort Hays State Women’s Basketball was named to the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Tigers ranked 22nd in team GPA among NCAA Division II schools in 2015-16.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point average (GPA) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.

Fort Hays State ranked 22nd among the top 25 schools, carrying a team GPA of 3.559. FHSU was one of just seven schools in the top 25 to be selected to the NCAA Tournament, showing they are among the best both on the floor and in the classroom.

Fort Hays State was one of just two programs from the MIAA among the top 25. Lindenwood ranked eighth in Division II with a GPA of 3.649.

FHSU ranked No. 24 in the final WBCA national poll of 2015-16. The Tigers join four other programs that finished in the final top 25 and are among the WBCA Academic Team Top 25.

Nine of Fort Hays State’s players had a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and six had a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Taylor Menke had the highest GPA on the team at 3.98, while seniors Paige Lunsford (3.95) and Beth Bohuslavsky (3.89) were close behind. Also posting GPAs above 3.5 were Rachel Doll (3.80), Sarah Pimentel (3.77), Elle Stein (3.71), Jill Faxon (3.69), Carly Heim (3.62), and Payton Hoeme (3.59).

This is the sixth time in Tony Hobson’s eight years as head coach at Fort Hays State that the women’s basketball team earned the WBCA Academic Top 25 honor. The team ranked 14th in 2009-10, 12th in 2010-11, 4th in 2011-12, 14th in 2012-13, 23rd in 2014-15, and 22nd this year.

NCAA Division II

Rank Institution Head Coach GPA
1 Upper Iowa University Carol Russell 3.731
2 Ohio Dominican University Lynsey Warren 3.720
3 Seton Hill Uniuversity Mark Katarski 3.711
4 Minnesota State University, Mankato Emilee Thiesse 3.675
T5 Northwood University Jeff Curtis 3.672
T5 University of Findlay James Wiedie 3.672
7 University of Sioux Falls Travis Traphagen 3.656
8 Lindenwood University Tony Francis 3.649
9 Michigan Technological University Kimberly Cameron 3.645
10 Lee University Marty Rowe 3.627
T11 Rockhurst University Larry Park 3.616
T11 Barry University William Sullivan 3.616
13 University of the Sciences Jackie Hartzell 3.604
T14 Ashland University Robyn Fralick 3.603
T14 Winona State University Scott Ballard 3.603
16 Drury University Molly Miller 3.593
17 Lubbock Christian University Steve Gomez 3.591
18 Texas Woman’s University Beth Jillson 3.589
19 Augustana University Dave Krauth 3.583
20 Minnesota State University Moorhead Karla Nelson 3.570
21 Western Oregon University Holli Howard-Carpenter 3.566
22 Fort Hays State University Tony Hobson 3.559
23 Holy Family University Mark Miller 3.553
24 Gannon University James Brunelli 3.530
25 Lake Erie College Robert Booher 3.517


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