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Wildcats Women’s Basketball Named to WBCA’s 2020-21 Academic Top 25

by | Jul 13, 2021

The 2020-21 Davidson Women’s Basketball team earning off-court accolades.


ATLANTA — The Davidson Wildcats were named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 Honor Roll on Tuesday for holding one of the nation’s highest team GPAs.

Checking in at No. 19, across all of Division I women’s basketball, the ‘Cats boasted a cumulative team GPA of 3.634 during the 2020-21 academic year and were the lone Atlantic 10 program to crack the Academic Top 25.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our scholar-athletes and what they accomplished both on the court and in the classroom during this unprecedented season,” said head coach Gayle Fulks. “This national recognition is just a testament to their hard work as they continue to embody what it truly means to be a scholar-athlete at Davidson College.”

“Congratulations to each of the teams recognized in the 2020-21 WBCA Academic Top 25,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Their head coaches are to be commended for fostering an environment of excellence for their student-athletes both on the court and, more importantly, in the classroom; particularly with the additional stress this season caused by the uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and two-year college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2020-21 season is the 26th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

2020-21 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Academic Top 25: 

Rank Institution Head Coach GPA
1 University of Maine Amy Vachon 3.900
2 Youngstown State University John Barnes 3.874
3 Robert Morris University Charlie Buscaglia 3.824
4 Marist College Brian Giorgis 3.770
5 University of North Dakota Mallory Bernhard 3.766
6 Eastern Illinois University Matt Bollant 3.752
7 Northern Illinois University Lisa Carlsen 3.739
8 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Cindy Stein 3.716
9 Lipscomb University Laura Sumski 3.702
10 South Dakota State University Aaron Johnston 3.699
11 University of Nebraska Omaha Carrie Banks 3.689
T12 Samford University Carley Kuhns 3.672
T12 Portland State University Chelsey Gregg 3.672
14 Lehigh University Sue Troyan 3.670
15 University of Northern Iowa Tanya Warren 3.663
16 Kent State University Todd Starkey 3.655
17 Arizona State University Charli Turner Thorne 3.645
18 Western Illinois University JD Gravina 3.644
19 Davidson College Gayle Fulks 3.634
20 Washington State University Kamie Ethridge 3.629
21 Iona College Billi Chambers 3.622
22 Houston Baptist University Donna Finnie 3.621
23 University of Minnesota Lindsay Whalen 3.593
T24 Rice University Tina Langley 3.583
T24 Seattle University Suzy Barcomb 3.583

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