BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second consecutive year under head coach Josh Thompson, the King University women's basketball team ranked in the top-10 of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Academic Team Honor Roll. The Tornado ranked sixth among NCAA Division II women's basketball team in the 2012-13 season with a cumulative team GPA of 3.572.
"I am very proud of my team and all of their hard work in the classroom this past season," Thompson said. "I think it shows the character of our players and that they really understand the importance of getting their education and excelling in the classroom."
King came in sixth after finishing second among Division II schools after the 2011-12 season. The Tornado were edged out of the top-5 by Northwest Missouri State University and Drury University who had GPAs of 3.577 and 3.587, respectively. Ohio Dominican University finished first in Division II with a cumulative GPA of 3.699, besting Seton Hill University (3.646) and Maryville University at 3.644.
"The GPAs produced this year by each of the Top 25 teams are quite remarkable," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "The coaches of these teams have done a terrific job encouraging their student-athletes to perform at their best both on the court and in the classroom. Congratulations to these 114 programs. I wish them each continued success."
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 GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA-member head coach. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.