UNK women’s basketball proves national grade on and off the court

UNK women's basketball finished nationally ranked in GPA for the 2020-21 academic year
UNK women's basketball finished nationally ranked in GPA for the 2020-21 academic year(KSNB)
Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 11:43 AM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team ranked 20th in NCAA Division II with a 3.656 cumulative grade point average for the 2020-21 season.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Tuesday the Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls for NCAA’s three divisions, the NAIA and two-year colleges. A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of academic 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 and the GPA’s are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. A team must have a 3.00 or better to be nominated. Several teams that would have qualified for the Top 25 in their respective divisions were not eligible to be ranked because they did not compete athletically during the 2020-21 season due to the pandemic.

They are recognized as special mentions. The Central Region was well represented in Division II as Fort Hays State (3rd), Minnesota State-Moorhead (T-6th), Southwest Minnesota State (T-6th), Minnesota State-Mankato (12th) and Winona State (19th) joined the Lopers in the Top 25.

Lubbock Christian (Texas), which won the 2021 national title, was number one with a 3.783 GPA.During the spring semester, three Lopers had a perfect 4.00 GPA with four more posting at least a 3.90 mark. UNK went 23-4 last winter, winning the MIAA Tournament, reaching the NCAA “Sweet 16” and coming in ninth in the final WBCA Top 25 poll. 

Finally, the Lopers have won 49 of its last 59 games with the majority of the roster returning for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

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