OMAHA, Neb. – The Creighton women’s basketball team was honored Tuesday when the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its winners for the 2010-11 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. With a team grade point average of 3.527, the Bluejays ranked fourth in NCAA Division I, their highest honor received by the WBCA.
The award is handed out to teams throughout the nation that carry the highest GPA for the entire season, based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches.
The Bluejays have now earned the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor five times in head coach Jim Flanery’s nine seasons at the helm. The ranking of fourth is the highest mark in school history, just ahead of the 1995-96 and 2009-10 teams that both ranked fifth in Division I. The Jays have ranked in the top-10 five times now, ranking sixth following both the 1997-98 and 1996-97 seasons.
“It’s a statement to the quality of the student-athlete we get at Creighton,” said Flanery. “We are certainly proud of how seriously our players take the academic side of things and we’ll continue to recruit student-athletes who excel both on the court and in the classroom.”
Creighton is one of three Missouri Valley Conference institutions honored in the top-25. Indiana State was in sixth place with a 3.518 GPA and Evansville finished 24th with a 3.340 GPA.
All three of Creighton’s seniors earned multiple academic honors during the 2010-11 season. Kellie Nelson, Sam Schuett and Kelsey Woodard were all voted to the CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII Team, National Jesuit All-Academic Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams for their stellar grade point averages. Eight players earned Dean's List honors in the spring after seven student-athletes were honored in the fall. Additionally, Schuett, Nelson and Ally Jensen all recorded at least one semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Creighton not only excelled in the classroom, but finished 18-13 overall and appeared in its fourth consecutive postseason WNIT.