Women’s basketball third in WBCA Academic Honor Roll

ATLANTA – With a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.764, the Fort Hays State women’s basketball team is ranked third on the 2020-21 WBCA Division II Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, released Tuesday (July 13) by the coaches association. It is both the highest ranking ever achieved by the team in the 26-year history of the poll and the highest team GPA since at least 2001.

It was the 10th time the Tigers have been listed in the Academic Top 25 under head coach Tony Hobson and the third time FHSU has been in the top 10. The Tigers have been listed in the Academic Top 25 11 times since 2001.

The Tigers were one of just three schools ranked in the top 25 in both the final WBCA DII national coaches poll and the academic team honor roll (Lubbock Christian, Nebraska-Kearney).

Fort Hays State is one of just two MIAA programs ranked in this year’s Academic Top 25, and the only team in the top five. The Tigers have been the top-ranked conference school three of the last four years. Eleven Tigers were listed on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll this season, with Cydney Bergmann and Whitney Randall earning the MIAA Academic Excellence Award and Bergmann, Randall and Olivia Hollenbeck all receiving the MIAA Scholar-Athlete Award.

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. Several teams that would have qualified for the top 25 in their respective divisions are not eligible to be ranked because they did not compete athletically during the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are recognized as special mentions.

Fort Hays State’s historical rankings in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll and the complete 2020-21 Top 25 can be found below.

FHSU in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll
Year Rank GPA
20-21 3rd 3.764
18-19 6th 3.708
17-18 13th 3.667
16-17 13th 3.624
15-16 22nd 3.559
14-15 23rd 3.536
12-13 14th 3.500
11-12 4th 3.628
10-11 12th 3.523
09-10 T14th 3.473
02-03 16th 3.444
2020-21 WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll
Rank Institution GPA
1 Lubbock Christian University 3.783
2 Ursuline College 3.780
3 Fort Hays State University 3.764
4 Minnesota State University Moorhead 3.750
5 William Jewell College 3.748
T6 Mercyhurst University 3.721
T6 Tiffin University 3.721
T6 Southwest Minnesota State University 3.721
9 Lindenwood University 3.718
10 Trevecca Nazarene University 3.711
11 University of Montevallo 3.710
12 Minnesota State University, Mankato 3.688
T13 Saginaw Valley State University 3.684
T13 University of Colorado Colorado Springs 3.684
15 Davenport University 3.681
16 University of Mary 3.673
17 Chadron State College 3.662
18 Western Colorado University 3.660
19 Winona State University 3.657
20 University of Nebraska Kearney 3.656
21 Truman State University 3.650
22 Northwood University 3.647
23 Kentucky Wesleyan College 3.646
24 Miles College 3.639
25 University of Findlay 3.637

Special Mention: Kutztown University, 3.852; Seton Hill, 3.857; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.), 3.815; Pace University, 3.764; East Stroudsburg University, 3.743; Eckerd College, 3.694; Southern New Hampshire University, 3.692; Michigan Technological University, 3.685; University of the Sciences, 3.667.

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