WBCA Official Release and Top 25 Ranking
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville women's basketball was ranked 10th nationally amongst NCAA Division I programs on the academic team honor roll by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) as the Bulldogs recorded a 3.597 team grade-point average (GPA) for the 2016-17 school year.
"I am extremely proud of our young ladies for their achievements in the classroom and landing among the top 10 programs in the nation for their performance during the 2016-17 academic year," UNC Asheville women's basketball head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick said. "Even more impressive is their ability to perform this well at an institution as rigorous as UNC Asheville. These women understand that their success is shared with many individuals on campus."
Four different Bulldogs posted at least one 4.0 in a semester this past school year with Ali Trani recording a perfect GPA during her sophomore campaign. All 14 Bulldogs recorded at least one semester with a 3.3 GPA or higher last season.
"I want to especially thank the tremendous group of faculty we have who go above and beyond to create an environment that is conducive to learning," Kirkpatrick said. "I also want to give credit to our Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success, Rebecca Nelms, who works tirelessly to ensure all of our athletes are maximizing their academic experience at UNC Asheville. As coaches, we are blessed to have a group of people that care so deeply for our athletes and a group of athletes who are motivated to take their school work so seriously."
The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community 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 2016-17 season is the 22nd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
2017-18 basketball season tickets are now officially on sale. UNC Asheville is currently accepting deposits, and fans can reserve their season ticket for only $50 per seat.
The season ticket includes both men's and women's home regular-season basketball games. The 2017-18 UNC Asheville basketball season is shaping up to be special once again for the women's basketball team which is coming off back-to-back Big South Tournament titles as well as two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
To learn more about UNC Asheville women's basketball, please visit uncabulldogs.com.