GEORGETOWN, KY – Georgetown College women’s basketball enjoys a high basketball IQ on the court, but it is the team’s extremely solid academic record inside the classroom that has Coach Andrea McCloskey the happiest.
“They come here to learn, it is their first requirement, and I have high standards when it comes to that,” McCloskey said.
Recently, meeting those high standards has garnered the team recognition on the national scene.
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association released its 2013 Honor Roll poll, which ranked GC at No. 25 nationally for the highest cumulative GPA in the NAIA. GC had a cumulative 3.2 GPA.
This was the 18th year in which the WBCA has produced the honor roll lists.
“To know that we were ranked nationally for what we do on the court means I’m doing my job,” McCloskey said. “But knowing we are ranked in the Top 25 nationally for our academics as a team means our players are getting it done.”
With the WBCA honor roll rankings announced, Georgetown College’s women are one of 14 teams to be in the top 25 for both academics and athletics. The Tigers finished the year ranked No. 13 in the country.
GC had six athletes on the Mid-South Conference Academic team for 2012-13 – returning players Devanny King, Andrea Howard, Kourtney Tyra and Lizza Jonas, as well as departed seniors Lindsay Fultz and Devon Golden. This award recognized those with a 3.25 GPA or higher.
GC also had three individuals (Fultz, Golden and Howard) on the Daktronics Scholar Athlete list, which honors those with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
The Tigers were also only one of five NAIA Division I schools ranked in the top 25 for academics, as well as the only team from the Mid-South Conference on the list.
“As a coach, I’m tremendously pleased with this accomplishment,” McCloskey said.
Volleyball continues to ace the classroom
For the third straight season, the Tiger women received American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.
“It is a testament to Georgetown College and these young ladies when we can be as successful as we are on the court and in the classroom,” said GC coach Nick Griffin. “Academic excellence is what we strive for and these young ladies are so focused on how to balance the rigors of athletics with the requirements in the classroom. Not an easy task and it is a blessing to have the complete package when it comes to our student-athletes here at Georgetown.”
In all, 622 teams ranging from NCAA to high school teams were recognized. Only 46 of them were NAIA schools and two of those were men’s teams. No other Mid-South Conference team earned the honor.
The award, which started in 1992-93, honors teams that maintain a 3.3 cumulative team grade-point average or higher on a 4.0 scale, or a 4.1 GPA on a 5.0 scale.
“Excellence doesn’t happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom,” said AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer in the organization’s release. “It takes consistent preparation, relentless effort, and determined leadership. A full year of academic achievement, by an entire team of individual students, is remarkable. What better way to start a new season than with a celebration of an award so emblematic of all that is necessary for sustained success.”
The Tigers are returning to campus in the coming days to start the journey to climb the mountain on the court and in the classroom once again.
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