MARION, Ind. -- The Indiana Wesleyan University women's basketball team earned another top-10 ranking, this time for their work in the classroom.
After being ranked No. 4 in the final NAIA Division II Coaches' Top-25 Poll, Indiana Wesleyan was ranked No. 7 in the WBCA NAIA Academic Top-25.
The WBCA Academic Top-25 annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.
A team's GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted by all team members in the academic terms (semesters or quarters) that the season spans. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA-member head coach. A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.
Indiana Wesleyan earned the seventh spot on the honor roll with a team GPA of 3.496. The NAIA poll consisted of both divisions and IWU was the third Division II member on the list. Only three-time defending national champion Northwestern (Iowa) was ahead of Indiana Wesleyan out of Division II teams that also competed in the national championship tournament this past season.
Indiana Wesleyan was one of two teams in the Top-25 from the Crossroads League. Bethel (Ind.) chimed in at No. 11.
The Wildcats finished the 2011-12 season with a 33-3 record. IWU won the Mid-Central College Conference regular season and postseason championship while advancing to the NAIA DII national quarterfinals.