Sporting a 3.616 cumulative team grade point average for the 2018-19 academic year, the Northern Arizona women’s basketball team earned a spot in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.
The Lumberjacks came in 12th among Division I teams, marking their first-ever finish in the WBCA’s list.
Northern Arizona was the only Big Sky Conference school ranked this season, and the Lumberjacks’ GPA is the fourth highest by a conference program in available data going back to 2001-02. The 2018-19 season is the 24th in which the WBCA has compiled honor rolls recognizing NCAA D-I, II and III, NAIA and two-year schools.
Lumberjacks head coach Loree Payne’s players were stellar in the classroom throughout the recently completed academic year, with 12 of the 15 student-athletes on last season's roster registering a 3.0 GPA or higher. Eleven of these 12 Jacks were above 3.6 for the year.
Kaleigh Paplow, Caitlin Malvar and Nina Radford each recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2018-19 academic calendar year, while four additional student-athletes narrowly missed perfection and finished with GPAs between 3.9 and 4.0.
The women’s basketball team also led the entire athletics department in team GPA. A total of 14 student-athletes earned the Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award and eight Lumberjacks were named to the Big Sky All-Academic list this past year.
Western Illinois sat atop the WBCA D-I list with a GPA of 3.767, followed by North Dakota State (3.756) and Robert Morris (3.713).
The Lumberjacks excelled in the classroom during the 2018-19 academic year, demonstrated by earning ITA All-Academic Team status in a release by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Thursday.
The team award was accompanied by four players – Hanneke Lodewijks, Madi Moore, Cora-Lynn von Dungern and Adrianna Sosnowska – who were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
All-Academic Team distinction is given to teams that post at least a 3.2 GPA during the academic year. Individual student-athletes are honored as scholar-athletes by the ITA by recording a minimum GPA of 3.5 during the academic year in addition to being a varsity letterwinner and being enrolled at their current institution for two semesters.
The reigning Big Sky champions have been honored as a team in four of the last six years and received the ITA All-Academic Team award for the first time since 2016. For Lodewijks, who completed her eligibility in the spring, the individual honor was her fourth in as many seasons. Moore and von Dungern were recognized for the second straight year, while Sosnowska earned her first ITA Scholar-Athlete award.
The Lumberjacks were one of 13 Big Sky men’s and women’s teams to be named to an ITA All-Academic Team. The conference totaled 63 ITA Scholar-Athletes in all, up from 42 in 2017-18.