ROSEBURG, Ore. – To top off a record-breaking, historic season on the court, the Umpqua Community College women's basketball team was recently recognized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for its performance in the classroom.
The Lady Riverhawks finished with a 3.374 Grade Point Average, good enough for the #5 ranking in the WBCA Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This final ranking was the highest in program history, eclipsing the #6 ranking of the 2016-17 team, the college said.
"We're proud of the fact that we really emphasize it," Coach Dave Stricklin said. "We have study hall, we have grade checks. We try to recruit 'student' athletes, not just athletes. And so it's good to see that their hard work and commitment to it pays off and is recognized."
The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II, and III, NAIA and two-year GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2017-18 season is the 23rd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
"The WBCA is pleased to recognize those women's basketball programs that have committed themselves to excellence on the court and in the classroom," WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew said. "The 119 teams we honor this year strive to achieve all-around success and we commend their efforts. Congratulations!"
The following is the two-year college list:
1. Northwest College
2. John Wood Community College
3. Harcum College
4. Northeastern Junior College
5. Umpqua Community College
6. Frank Phillips College
7. Dodge City Community College
8. Neosho County Community College
9. Minnesota West Community College
10. Pima Community College
11. Elgin Community College
12. Hill College
13. Central Maine Community College
14. Ventura College
15. Northwest Mississippi Community College
16. Dawson Community College
17. Solano College
18. Illinois Central College
19. Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Learn more about UCC’s athletic programs at uccriverhawks.com.
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