July 18, 2008
Eastern Washington University’s 3.2 grade point average as an athletics department was the best among all Big Sky Conference teams for the 2007-08 school year. The high GPA helped propel the Eagles to a fourth-place tie in this year’s Sterling Savings Bank Presidents’ Cup standings. This marks the fourth time in the six years of the award Eastern has had a top-four finish.
The Eagle women’s basketball team had a 3.6 GPA, the best of any athletics team in the conference. In fact, it was just announced on Monday (July 14) that the team had the fourth-highest GPA among all NCAA Division I squads and earned itself a spot on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the seventh straight season.
Of the 125 Big Sky teams, 78 finished with an average GPA of at least 3.0. Eight of the nine institutions compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
The overall team standings in the Sterling Savings Bank President’s Cup saw the Eagles tie for the fourth slot with Sacramento State. Weber State was first for the third time in the six-year history of the award, while Northern Arizona and Montana placed second and third, respectively.
The Sterling Savings Bank Presidents’ Cup is unique to collegiate athletics in that it reinforces the Big Sky’s dedication to the academic side of the student-athlete experience. Team grade point averages, graduation rates and number of All-Conference performers with a grade point average above 3.0 are used to determine the academic side of the equation.
Meanwhile, athletic points are determined by regular-season standings for football, soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s tennis. Finishes in the Big Sky Championships for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and golf are also used to determine points.