NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference has honored the women's golf and women's cross country teams from Creighton for their work in the classroom with a 2013-14 Team Academic Excellence Award.
The honors are bestowed to 22 league teams for having the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport.
Nine BIG EAST schools had at least one team honored as Butler and DePaul led the league each with five teams recognized. Georgetown, Marquette, Creighton, Villanova and Xavier had two teams receive awards, while Seton Hall and affiliate member Cincinnati were represented by one team each.
The list of honored teams includes DePaul’s women’s basketball team, which won both the BIG EAST regular-season title and BIG EAST Tournament crown before advancing to the Sweet 16. Xavier, which claimed both the BIG EAST baseball and men’s swimming and diving championships in its first season in the conference had both teams honored on Monday. Fellow BIG EAST Championship winners and DePaul softball and women’s tennis were also recognized for their academic success.
The winners were chosen based on the 2013-14 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution’s roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport.
The Creighton women's cross country team is coached by Matt Rogers, while Debbie Conry leads the women's golf team.