July 14, 2011

Women's Basketball Ranks 25th Academically

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball team ranked among the nation's top 25 teams academically for the 2010-11 season.

The Bulldogs placed 25th overall in the Division II Academic Top 25 standings announced this week by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).  It marked the eighth time in the last 11 years and first since 2006 in which Ferris was listed in the annual academic listing.

Ferris State compiled a 3.417 overall team grade point average for the 2010-11 season and was among five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member schools found in the top 25 along with Ohio Dominican (13th), Ashland (T17th), Michigan Tech (20th) and Lake Erie (21st).

Fort Lewis (Colo.) posted the nation's top overall gpa at the Division II level with a 3.715 followed by Chadron State (Neb.) and Drury (Mo.) in the top three.

FSU previously placed among the nation's top 25 academic teams under head coach Tracey Dorow for seven consecutive years from 1999 to 2006. FSU recorded the nation's highest team grade point average in 1999-00 (3.534) and placed second in 2002-03 (3.604). The Bulldogs most recently finished 20th nationally (3.350) for their efforts in the 2005-06 campaign.

Individually, nine members of the women's squad claimed GLIAC All-Academic Team accolades in 2010-11.  Seniors Andrea Clancy and Becci Houdek, junior Lindsey Pettit, sophomore Katy Fox and redshirt freshman Felicia Standley earned all-academic team status for posting a cumulative gpa between 3.0 and 3.49 overall. 

Meanwhile, four others achieved GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honors for holding a 3.50 gpa or higher, including sophomores Caitlin Carmody and Kylie Muntz along with juniors Kelsey DeNoyelles and Tricia Principe.

The Bulldog women's basketball squad wrapped up the 2010-11 campaign with a 13-13 overall record.  This part year marked the 14th time in the last 15 seasons the Bulldogs have registered double-digit wins in a campaign.

Here is the complete 2011 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division II :

  Rank Institution 2010-11 Head Coach Team GPA
  1 Fort Lewis College Mark Kellogg 3.715
  2 Chadron State College Tim Connealy 3.644
  3 Drury University Steve Harold 3.59
  4 Winona State University Scott Ballard 3.578
  5 Holy Family University Mark Miller 3.577
  6 Truman State University Michael Smith 3.571
  7 Minnesota State University, Mankato Pam Gohl 3.568
  8 Montana State University, Billings Kevin Woodin 3.553
  9
Maryville University, St. Louis**
Chris Ellis
3.552
  10 Seton Hill University Ferne Labati 3.534
  11 Franklin Pierce University Stephen Hancock 3.524
  12 Fort Hays State University Tony Hobson 3.523
  13 Ohio Dominican University Nathan Bellman 3.521
  14 Rockhurst University Larry Park 3.513
  15 University of Southern Indiana Rick Stein 3.511
  16 University of Minnesota, Duluth Annette Wiles 3.484
  T17 Ashland University Sue Ramsey 3.472
  T17 Urbana University Rob Phillips 3.472
  19 University of The Incarnate Word Angela Lawson 3.461
  20
Michigan Technological University Kimberly Cameron 3.459
  21 Lake Erie College Robert Booher 3.456
  22 Wayne State College Chris Kielsmeier 3.452
  23 Regis University Linda Raunig 3.451
  24 Southwest Minnesota State University Allison Kruger 3.427
  25 Ferris State University Tracey Dorow 3.417
  26 University of Nebraska, Omaha Chance Lindley 3.405
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