SEWARD, Neb. – For the 12th time in the last 15 years, Concordia women’s basketball has garnered a spot among the top 10 NAIA women’s basketball programs in terms of team grade point average. With a 2013-14 team GPA of 3.493, head coach Drew Olson’s Bulldogs placed ninth in the NAIA on the 2014 Academic Team Honor Roll, released Thursday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA).
The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point average inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2013-14 season is the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
Since 2000, the Concordia women’s basketball program has missed the WBCA’s NAIA top 25 list only once. From 2000 to 2008, the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in eight out of nine seasons. The top team GPA during that stretch was 3.786, achieved by the 2004-05 Concordia squad. This year’s No. 9 placement is a 15-spot leap from 24th for the 2012-13 campaign.
Individually, seniors Tracy Peitz and Rachel Royuk both earned NAIA scholar-athlete recognition as juniors.