Atlanta, Ga. – For the 13th time in program history, the Eastern Washington women's basketball finds itself among the nation's elite in the classroom, ranking second in the 2014 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, the organization announced Thursday, July 24.
The Eagles have earned a spot on the honor roll 12 times under 13-year head coach Wendy Schuller. This year's squad had a cumulative team GPA of 3.615.
"This honor is a testament to the hard work our team put in this past year," Schuller said. "We're very proud to receive this award considering it takes into account the work done throughout the school year, not just one quarter. We emphasize academics from day one here at Eastern, and this award signifies what our program stands for."
This is the second-highest ranking for EWU in the 19-year history of the honor roll. The Eagles topped the list following the 2003-04 season and ranked third at the end of the 2002-03, 2004-05 and 2005-06 campaigns, respectively.
EWU and Northern Colorado, who checked in at No. 3 with a team GPA of 3.614, were the only Big Sky schools on the prestigious list.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City topped the list with a cumulative team GPA of 3.628 while St. Francis College (N.Y.) (3.608 team GPA) and Western Illinois (3.607 team GPA) rounded out the top five.
Eastern saw nine student-athletes earn Big Sky All-Academic honors this past season while the team received the APR Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for ranking in the top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rate.
The WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA: and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.