Bulldogs Earn Top Academic Marks from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association

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The Adrian College women’s basketball team is the top representative from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 rankings, released this week. The Bulldogs’ 3.591 collective grade-point average is good for 14th among all NCAA Division III programs, while Hope College is 24th with a 3.546 team GPA.

This marks the fourth time in program history that Adrian has been recognized for this award, establishing team records for ranking (14th) and GPA (3.591). The other seasons in which the Bulldogs appeared in the WBCA’s academic national rankings were 2003-04 (15th, 3.42), 1999-2000 (22nd, 3.37) and 1998-99 (20th, 3.33).

The criteria for the WBCA Academic Top 25 rankings are:

 All players who were on the official team roster at the start of the second semester must be included in computing the team GPA.
□ First semester hours attempted and GPA.
□ Second semester hours attempted and GPA.
 Same format applies if using the quarter system.
 Weighted grades must be converted to a 4.0 grade point scale. Quarter and semester hours can be accepted.
Team GPA minimum of a 3.0
□ College head coaches who are WBCA members may nominate their teams for this award.
□ Team grade point averages are determined by the total number of quality points divided by the total number of hours attempted by all players on the team.

Adrian is led by head coach Kathy Morris, who wrapped up her 27th season at the helm. For the 2018-19 season, the Bulldogs had the third-highest GPA among AC programs competing in the MIAA–behind Women’s Soccer (3.750) and Women’s Volleyball (3.670). Five Bulldog women’s basketball student-athletes recorded a 3.75 or higher GPA, led by freshman Addison Bergman (Bryan, Ohio/Hicksville High School) with a 3.94 as she also was Academic All-MIAA in volleyball.

Morris stated: “This national award is a true reflection of our student-athletes’ commitment in the classroom. They wanted to reach this goal, and I am so proud they accomplished it.”

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and two-year GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2018-19 season is the 24th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

“The WBCA is pleased to recognize those women’s basketball programs that have committed themselves to excellence on the court and in the classroom,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew.  “The 117 teams we honor this year strive to achieve all-around success and we commend their efforts. Congratulations!”

NCAA Division III


Rank Institution Head Coach GPA
1 Shenandoah University Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft 3.764
2 Vassar College Candice Signor-Brown 3.763
3 Marymount University Ashlee Rogers 3.703
4 Ithaca College Dan Raymond 3.679
5 Thiel College Rob Clune 3.660
T6 Emerson College William Gould 3.659
T6 Bethel University Jon Herbrechtsmeyer 3.659
8 Nebraska Wesleyan University Sam Dixon 3.656
9 Yeshiva University Michael Alon 3.655
10 Misericordia University Jason Rhine 3.650
11 Springfield College Naomi Graves 3.623
12 Sarah Lawrence College Bradley Alexander 3.607
13 St. Lawrence University Dan Roiger 3.592
14 Adrian College Kathy Morris 3.591
15 Principia College Dory Smith 3.590
16 Elmira College Devin Shea 3.584
17 Penn State Harrisburg Ross Patrick 3.583
18 Middlebury College KJ Krasco 3.580
19 Washington and Lee University Christine Clancy 3.579
20 Johns Hopkins University Katherine Bixby 3.574
21 St. Joseph’s College-Maine Mike McDevitt 3.568
22 Marywood University Gabby Holko 3.566
23 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sonia Raman 3.553
24 Hope College Brian Morehouse 3.546
25 Manchester University Josh Dzurick 3.538


This article was written using a press release and information generated by Adrian College’s sports information department. Media in this article is courtesy of Adrian College athletics. For more college sports, follow us on Twitter @MWSNsports or like our page on Facebook.

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