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WBB: UNI Honored Academically By WBCA

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2013-14 season, it was announced today.

UNI earned the seventh-best GPA in NCAA Division I women’s basketball. The Panthers were named to the Honor Roll for the third consecutive season, including two seasons in a row in the top-10. The team also finished with the seventh-best GPA during the 2012-13 season.

UNI posted a combined GPA of 3.56 during the 2013-14 season, finishing third in the Missouri Valley Conference under the direction of MVC Coach of the Year, Tanya Warren.

“Academics has always been an important part of our program here at UNI because we instill the true meaning of the word ‘student-athlete,’” Warren said. “I am extremely proud of this team and what they have been able to accomplish on and off the court.”

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes women’s basketball teams across the nation in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, the NAIA, and junior/community colleges that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2013-14 season is the 19th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls.

A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted by all team members in the academic terms (semesters or quarters) that the season spans. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPA’s are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA-member head coach and a team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.

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