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 ATLANTA - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its CNB News Hound winners for the 2009-10 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This award, given in NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College, awards teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the entire season based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches.

“Congratulations to these teams who have excelled academically during the 2009-10 school year," WBCA CEO Beth Bass said. “Each of these coaches set an extraordinary example for their peers to follow by holding academics in such high esteem with their student-athletes."

Division Institution 2009-10 Head Coach Team GPA
NCAA I Utah Valley University Cathy Nixon 3.630
NCAA II Michigan Technological University John Barnes 3.732
NCAA III Carnegie Mellon University Geraldine Seidle 3.616
NAIA Dana College M. Shane Larson 3.727
JC/CC Sheridan College Frank McCarthy 3.575

Four of the five institutions are at the top spot for their division on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for the first time. Dana College claimed the top spot in NAIA for the second year in a row and fourth time overall for their division. In Division I, Utah Valley University is making its fourth Top 25, while Michigan Tech University (Division II) has appeared six times prior. Carnegie Mellon

University (Division III) and Sheridan College (JC/CC) are both appearing in the Top 25 for the first time.

GPAs are calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by each student-athlete on an institution's roster in the given academic terms by the total number of hours earned by the team. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Per a motion passed by the WBCA Board of Directors in 2007, teams making the list of Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll must obtain at least a 3.000 overall GPA.

NCAA Division I
Utah Valley University is appearing on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the fourth time. 2009-10 marks the first year that the Wolverines secured the top spot amongst NCAA Division I institutions. Aside from its classroom successes, Utah Valley University finished the season with a record of 10-22 and were the Great West Tournament champions.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NCAA Division I is as follows:

Rank School 2009-10 Head Coach Team GPA
1 Utah Valley University Cathy Nixon 3.630
2 South Dakota State University Aaron Johnston 3.622
3 Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County Phil Stern 3.578
4 Indiana State University Teri Moren 3.508
5 Creighton University Jim Flanery 3.506
6 Bowling Green State University Curt Miller 3.500
7 University of Northern Iowa Tanya Warren 3.464
8 DePaul University Douglas Bruno 3.455
9 Lipscomb University Frank Bennett 3.452
10 University of North Dakota Gene Roebuck 3.442
11 University of New Mexico Don Flanagan 3.433
12 North Dakota State University Carolyn DeHoff 3.427
13 Northern Arizona University Laurie Kelly 3.425
14 Bucknell University Kathy Fedorjaka 3.422
15 Monmouth University Stephanie Gaitley 3.412
16 University of South Dakota Ryun Williams 3.368
17 Saint Bonaventure University Jim Crowley 3.354
18 University of Northern Colorado Jaime White 3.351
19 University of Denver Erik Johnson 3.342
20 Seattle University Joan Bonvicini 3.341
21 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Sandy Botham 3.340
22 Eastern Washington University Wendy Schuller 3.328
23 University of Hartford Jennifer Rizzotti 3.321
24 Oakland University Beckie Francis 3.318
25 Cornell University Dayna Smith 3.308

NCAA Division II
Michigan Tech caps off an already impressive 2009-10 season with its seventh WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll appearance and first at the top of the ranks. Head coach John Barnes' team also claims the top overall team GPA amongst all divisions. The Huskies enjoyed a record-breaking season that included an NCAA Midwest Regional Championship, GLIAC North Division Regular Season and Tournament Championships, a school-record 31 wins and a school-record 18 home wins.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NCAA Division II is as follows:

School 2009-10 Head Coach Team GPA
1 Michigan Technological University John Barnes 3.732
2 Chadron State College Tim Connealy 3.641
3 Rockhurst University Larry Park 3.635
4 Saint Martin's University Timothy Healy 3.591
5 Ashland University Sue Ramsey 3.551
6 Holy Family University Mark Miller 3.548
7 Regis University Linda Raunig 3.534
8 Saint Thomas Aquinas Kim Lusk 3.524
9 Missouri Western State Lynn Plett 3.521
10 Maryville University-St Louis Chris Ellis 3.517
11 University of Findlay Kate Cummings 3.506
12 Gannon University Cleve Wright 3.491
13 Adelphi University Heather Jacobs 3.474
T14 Seton Hill University Ferne Labati 3.473
T14 Fort Hays State University Tony Hobson 3.473
16 Northwood University Jeff Curtis 3.466
17 Saint Michael's College Jennifer Niebling 3.464
18 Wayne State College Chris Kielsmeier 3.454
19 Montana State University - Billings Kevin Woodin 3.451
20 Winona State University Scott Ballard 3.446
21 West Chester University of Pennsylvania Deirdre Kane 3.443
22 University of South Carolina - Aiken Michael Brandt 3.442
23 Fort Lewis College Mark Kellogg 3.428
24 West Liberty University Lynn Ullom 3.408
25 University of Nebraska - Omaha Patricia Shearer 3.403

NCAA Division III
Carnegie Mellon University is making its debut in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll in fashion by claiming the No. 1 position. The Tartans ended their season with a 9-16 overall mark.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NCAA Division III is as follows:

School 2009-10 Head Coach Team GPA
1 Carnegie Mellon University Geraldine Seidl 3.616
2 Centenary College Lorie Khalil 3.613
T3 University of Redlands Rich Murphy 3.566
T3 Emerson College Bill Gould 3.566
5 William Smith College Lindsay Drury 3.547
6 University of The South Dickie McCarthy 3.537
7 Simpson College Brian Niemuth 3.535
8 Luther College Jane Hildebrand 3.520
9 Finlandia University Curtis Wittenberg 3.508
10 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Lois Heeren 3.495
11 Gustavus Adolphus College Mickey Haller 3.494
12 Emory University Christy Thomaskutty 3.481
13 McDaniel College Becky Martin 3.478
14 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sonia Raman 3.463
15 Concordia University (WI) Stacey Brunner 3.461
16 Northland College Bill Wilson 3.455
17 Elms College Laura Habacker 3.443
18 Hope College Brian Morehouse 3.437
19 Immaculata University Patricia Canterino 3.435
20 Washington & Lee University Mandy King 3.434
21 Yeshiva University Karen Green 3.410
22 Case Western Reserve University Jennifer Reimer 3.405
23 Chapman University Carol Jue 3.403
24 Westminster College Tracey Braden 3.394
25 Elmhurst College Tethnie Werner 3.392

Making an impressive second straight appearance in the top spot, and fourth time overall, Dana College leads the NAIA division.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for NAIA is as follows:

School 2009-10 Head Coach Team GPA
1 Dana College M. Shane Larson 3.727
2 Valley City State University Jill DeVries 3.688
3 Blue Mountain College Lavon Driskell 3.620
4 Davenport University Mark Youngs 3.593
5 Ohio Dominican University Nathan Bellman 3.575
6 Concordia University (NE) Drew Olson 3.532
7 Northwestern College Earl Woudstra 3.506
8 Carroll College Shawn Nelson 3.461
9 Shorter College Vic Mitchell 3.450
T10 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Steve Gregory 3.443
T10 Bethel College (KS) Mark Fox 3.443
12 Eastern Oregon University Anji Weissenfluh 3.432
13 University of Saint Francis Ryan Haun 3.420
14 Corban College Terry Williams 3.415
15 South Dakota Tech Barbara Felderman 3.407
16 Ottawa University Bruce Tate 3.402
17 Saint Xavier University Robert Hallberg 3.397
18 Midland Lutheran College Joanne Bracker 3.391
19 Lee University Marty Rowe 3.369
20 Mount Marty College Tom Schlimgen 3.365
21 Grand View University Garey Smith 3.360
22 Freed-Hardeman University Dale Neal 3.320
23 Lewis-Clark State College Brian Orr 3.283
24 Cornerstone University Carla Fles 3.274
25 Siena Heights University Susan Syljebeck 3.268

As with Carnegie Mellon, Sheridan is making its first appearance in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll and rises to the top of the list in the JC/CC division. This past season, the Lady Generals went 20-11 and won the National Junior College North Sub-Region.

The WBCA Academic Top 16* Team Honor Roll for JC/CC is as follows:

School 2009-10 Head Coach Team GPA
1 Sheridan College Frank McCarthy 3.575
2 Eastern Arizona College Dan Dersam 3.558
3 Phoenix College Samantha Ezell 3.500
4 Minnesota West Comm. & Tech College Michael Fury 3.345
5 Panola Junior College Tracy Stellato 3.321
6 John Wood Community College Norman Rodriguez 3.228
7 Ventura College Ned Mircetic 3.196
8 Northwest College Janis Beal 3.174
9 Columbia Basin Community College Cheryl Holden 3.115
10 Western Texas College Tammy Davis 3.109
11 Lincoln College Carol Wilson 3.106
12 Seward County Community College Toby Wynn 3.096
13 Hill College Aaron Kallhoff 3.091
14 Johnson County Community College Benjamin Conrad 3.090
15 Fort Scott Community College Diana Couch 3.055
16 Lon Morris College Rosalyn Floyd Tindel 3.016

*Due to the limited number of nominations for junior college and community college, and the GPA requirements, the WBCA has ranked the Top 16 schools.