SEWARD, Neb. – With a team grade point average of 3.73 for the 2015-16 year, the Concordia women’s basketball team finished as a national runner up on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 list of top GPA’s for NAIA women’s basketball programs. Just two women’s basketball teams in the nation, at any level, posted a higher GPA than head coach Drew Olson’s group this past athletic year.
This marks the 13th time in the last 17 years that Concordia has placed among the top 10 in the NAIA on the WBCA’s official rankings. 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 2015-16 season is the 21st in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
From 2000 to 2008, Concordia women’s basketball 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.
The 2015-16 Bulldogs were recognized with five NAIA Scholar-Athletes: Carissa Gutz, Laurel Krohn, Becky Mueller, Shelby Quinn and Erin Vieselmeyer.